DP (drama police): PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME AND OCCUPATION FOR THE RECORD:
Witness: Blair Goldberg
DP: CURRENT PROJECT(S)?:
Witness: I just finished the 1st National Tour of Sister Act, where I played a nun. It was pretty awesome!
DP: WHAT IS ONE OF THE FUNNIEST THINGS YOU HAVE WITNESSED WHILE ON STAGE OR IN THE AUDIENCE?
Witness: Just a few weeks ago, during my last show of Sister Act during a musical number called "Bless Our show," the woman playing Mary Lazarus completely forgot her line in the song and made up jibber jabber. Literal jibber jabber. Not even close to English. The rest of us all broke out into hysterics and did not sing for the next 20 seconds because we were laughing so hard. It was more than just a quick slip up. There was no sound coming out of our mouths except giggling. The best part about it was that a lot of us were already pretty emotional because it was my last show, so the laughter turned into tears and by the end we were all just cry-laughing. It was something that I'm sure the audience noticed and unfortunately, we just couldn't help it. It was one of my personal favorite funny moments on stage to date.
DP: WHAT IS YOUR DREAM ROLE (no matter how against "type") AND WHAT GIVES YOU ARTISTIC LICENSE TO PLAY IT?
Witness: Fanny Brice in Funny Girl. I have artistic license for that one because I'm Jewish. Does that count? Or Dot in Sunday in the Park with George. I have license to play that one because as a little girl, I was lucky enough to appear on Broadway as Bernadette Peter's little sis, so I feel I've learned a lot from her and am continuously inspired by her. Or Eva in Evita. I have no artistic license to play that whatsoever, but let's make it happen!
DP: WHAT 'SAFETY TIP' CAN YOU OFFER YOUNG ACTORS TO PROTECT THEIR SELF ESTEEM IN SUCH A TOUGH BUSINESS?
Witness: That's a tough question! This business is really difficult for actors both young and old because your self-esteem is constantly on a roller coaster ride. You have good days and bad days, positive feedback, negative feedback, and then no feedback at all. The one piece of advice I can offer is to remember that other people's successes are not your failures. Stay in your lane and work toward achieving the goals you set for yourself. If a friend books a Broadway show that you weren't even up for, is that your failure, just because you didn't book anything today? No! Be happy for that person, because I promise you, what goes around comes around. You are responsible for you and only you, so work the hardest you can each day to make your dreams come true. If you stick to it as well as continue to learn and grow as an artist, I promise you, something will stick.
DP: IF YOU COULD CREATE ANY SHOW BUISINESS LAW, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Witness: USE YOUR RESOURCES! Nowadays, social media and the internet in general make it so very easy to find out information. Knowledge is power! Find out information about previous projects the director has done to get a feel for their style. Watch YouTube clips of the choreographer's other work. Ask questions to friends who might have more information that you. Don't do it to the point of being obnoxious, but take advantage of whatever connections and knowledge you have access to. It's a small business, so take note!
Blair Goldberg got her start in the theater at the young age of 9, appearing in the Original Broadway Cast of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN starring Bernadette Peters and Tom Wopat. Ever since that first moment she stepped foot on a Broadway stage, she knew that performing would be a part of her life forever. She went on to study theater in both high school and college, earning a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at NYU. On the very day of graduation from undergrad, she found out she had been cast in a developmental lab of the musical CARRIE. After taking part in the workshop, she was offered a spot in the Off-Broadway production, produced by MCC Theater, where she played the role of Norma, as well as understudying and performing the role of Chris. She can be heard on the Original Cast Album, produced by Sh-K-Boom records. Blair then went onto perform in the Broadway bound musical, THE NUTTY PROFESSOR, directed by Jerry Lewis, music by Marvin Hamlisch, and book/lyrics by Rupert Holmes, where she played the role of Peg and understudied the principle role of Stella. She most recently appeared in the 1st National Tour of SISTER ACT. Some of her other favorite credits include: IF IT ONLY RUNS A MINUTE 5 (NYMF), IN THAT VALLEY (NAMT), a reading of TIME TO KILL at the York Theater (Beth), THE FIX(Violet), AIDA(Amneris), and GREASE (Marty). She is the proud recipient of the Young Talent Award in the 2010 Lotte Lenya Competition and winner of the 2007 Shining Star Competition for WOR Radio (Northeast Region). She also performed in the 2011 Broadway's Rising Stars Concert at Town Hall. When not on stage, she enjoys watching lots of television, working out, doing jigsaw puzzles, and fine dining. She resides in New York City.
Twitter - @blairdgoldberg
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