News, Notes and Upcoming Gigs



I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be playing one of my dream roles this October: Cora Hoover Hooper, the conniving mayoress of a bankrupt town in Stephen Sondheim’s Anyone Can Whistle.

lansburywhistleThis one-night only concert will be presented Friday, October 12th, as part of Olney Theatre Center’s Applause Series. The series showcases musical theatre works “worth a second look” and features members of Olney’s current mainstage musical in the cast.  You may recall that I appeared as The Old Lady (and played the cymbals) in the series’ inaugural concert of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, back during my run in Olney’s On The Town in earlier this summer.  Candide was accompanied by two pianos, but Anyone Can Whistle will feature a full orchestra and members of the cast of Olney’s fall production of South Pacific.

What’s the connection from South Pacific to Anyone Can Whistle, you may ask? Well, South Pacific‘s lyricist, the legendary Oscar Hammerstein II, mentored Stephen Sondheim in his youth and was a huge influence on the up-and-coming young composer/lyricist.

Anyone Can Whistle tells the story of a corrupt mayor (originally played by Angela Lansbury) who fakes a miracle to revitalize her bankrupt town. The show premiered (and failed) in 1965, but it’s attained cult status over the years. It’s wacky, intelligent and highly unconventional, and points ahead to Sondheim’s groundbreaking work in the 1970s, even as it keeps a foot firmly rooted in musical theatre’s “golden age.”

For tickets and more information, visit Olney Theatre’s website, or call the Olney box office at 301.924.3400. The box office is open Wednesday-Sunday, 12pm-6pm.