The wonderful Kelli Barrett chats with The Pickwyck about her insightful notions of her character Lara in the new Broadway musical Dr. Zhivago and much more in this exclusive interview.
So, how did you first become interested in theater? Did you have a theatrical family growing up?
Wow! From a young age then, yeah?
That’s nice you had the support! That’s good.
For those who don’t know the plot summary of Dr. Zhivago, could you give them some insight?
Could you tell us a little bit about what you think the character Lara is about, what she’s like and if you can relate to her in anyway?
What first attracted you to this project? Have you read the book prior to working on the musical?
It’s likely that a lot of people that are coming to see the production have a preconceived notion of the character you are portraying, Lara. How does that make you feel as an actor?
How does it feel to build the foundation for an Original Broadway production?
How has the process been like getting to know the cast and creating these characters?
But that’s how you know it’s going to be good!
You were Sherrie in Rock of Ages off-Broadway and you were previously Nessarose in Wicked, how do you prepare yourself for all of these roles? They are so different in subject matter; do you have to get into a certain mindset when you go into an audition?
Who are some co-stars that have made an impact on how you see yourself as an actor and how you work?
What is the most valuable piece of advice you have gotten from a co-star or from a family member that you hold dear to you?
Was there a moment on stage where you just knew that this is what you wanted to do for as long as you can?