In this interview with On The Town's talented Elizabeth Stanley, she discusses her experience working on the hit revival, her new role as Francesca Johnson in the upcoming touring production of Jason Robert Brown's musical, The Bridges of Madison County and why she believes live theatre is important! Make sure to catch Elizabeth in On The Town from now up until September 20th, and again in the touring production of The Bridges of Madison County later on this year!
Maybe just to start, we can talk a little bit about your background. Did you grow up with your family encouraging you to perform?
Could you tell us a little about your first experience with theatre?
What was your first job and your first car?
Those kids must be like, 'Oh, wow! Our baby sitter is doing some really cool stuff.' So, right now, what would you say is your favorite movie or book or TV show that you're binging on?
So, what were your experiences like at Indiana University? Was there an influential professor or instructor that inspired you at all?
You're currently in On The Town and we wanted to ask about that, since it has really gotten popular. It's a very neat revival situation. Could you reflect on this experience as you are going on to another show in a few months?
I feel like The Bridges of Madison County is really intimate, it's a very intimate show! But, that's the good thing about theatre, you have a lot of variety.
How much longer are you in On The Town?
Oh, wow! That's so soon. And then you're doing Bridges later in the year. I saw the show when it was on Broadway, and I loved the story and the movie is fantastic. The story itself is so complex, have you started to review the material or if you are familiar with the show prior to being cast?
I wanted to ask you about Bridges, so you haven't started any rehearsals for yet, right?
Oh, you've got some time! You can ride a Citibike and mull over the soundtrack a little more! So, since you are familiar with the show and the soundtrack, if you had the opportunity to somewhat gender-bend the show, would you play Robert instead of Francesca?
This season on and off Broadway, even with touring productions, theatre has become more and more diverse. What does theatre mean to you?