Sherie Rene Scott

Direct from a sold out season at New York’s prestigious 54 Below, the Tony Award nominated Broadway star Sherie Rene Scott brings her acclaimed show, Piece of Meat – one of Time Out New York’s Best of 2012 – to the Hippodrome for three nights only in a strictly limited run.

Sherie’s celebrated storytelling and musicianship make Piece of Meat a hybrid live-performance experience, with songs by Dire Straits, Joni Mitchell, Paul McCartney, Pete Townshend, Annie Lennox and Buddy Holly, and original compositions by acclaimed composer, Todd Almond.

Sherie is best known to UK audiences for playing the original Cathy in Jason Robert Brown’s The Last 5 Years, Ursula in the Broadway production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Amneris in Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida. She earned Tony Award nominations for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and as writer and star of her own Broadway show, Everyday Rapture.


Sherie has taken some time out to sit down and have Tea With Wilma and answer a few questions about her upcoming show!


Can you tell me about your upcoming shows at London’s Hippodrome Casino and what people can expect from the show?

If people are adventurous with money to burn, or if they are gainfully un-employed with time to burn and a friend with money and great taste, then they will be seeing the new show I wrote, ‘Piece Of Meat’.  Todd Almond and I premiered it in New York in October and other writers had a lot to say about it, so maybe check out what they said. Since I’m doing it I don’t really know what to tell you! From my perspective it feels like Piece of Meat is about desire, but then about halfway through the show it feels like it could also be about scotch or chocolate, since I’m thinking about either or both, so my perspective is askew!


Many people will know you from the roles you have played but how would you describe yourself as a person (in 5 words or less)?

Five words or less??  ‘Even my shadow is sexy.’  Wait, maybe that’s Beyonce describing herself in five words or less. People always get us confused.


Do you have any pre-show rituals that you have found yourself getting into over the years?
Pre-show fighting with my lower, base, self-regarding my addiction to performance-enhancing lip gloss,  and my lower, base self always winning.


Do you have a favourite song in this show or one that means the most to you?
All the songs mean a lot to me, that’s what’s great about creating my own thing.


Do you have any dream roles you are yet to fulfill?
My dream role would be a roll in the hay with ______  and ______, and, just for fun, ________.  But not all at the same time.  I need to learn to focus.  And not really in hay.  Rashes.  And not too much ‘rolling’, honestly.  Motion sickness.  And why not just get to it?  My dream rolls are very specific.


Have there been any funny/awful moments that have happened to you on stage that you would like to tell me about?

I’m fortunate: in almost every show, on almost every night, something awful/funny/humiliating happens to me either on or off-stage. Fairly typical; immediately prior to my characters’ first big entrance in a big broadway musical I felt a need for a quick trip to the ladies.  Unbeknownst to me, in my haste, I tucked the backside of my lovely yellow frock up and into my pantyhose.  I was confused as the chorus danced behind me, swatting, not lightly, at my bottom whilst I sang. They were trying gamely to ‘rectify’ the situation, they said later, smirking.  Unfortunately they were not able to before I, as choreographed, turned up-stage center-stage and unwittingly gave the audience a full view of my backstage. No one asked for their money back, I might add. In fact, a few gentlemen, and what I presume was very tall lady, asked if they could pay for more later that night at the stage door. (Come see Piece Of Meat to find out what happens next!)


What theatre show would you like to see make a comeback and why?

No old shows coming back, unless its stuff like ‘A Star Is Born’ re-done as the Kurt Cobain/Courtney Love story, or stuff like that I have in my head.  But I want to write it, not be in it.  I feel we need new shows younger people can afford and want to see.  Us old people need to help with that.


What was the last show you saw (apart from the one you are in) and what did you think of it?

That’s what I love about this time; after so many years of being in 8 shows a week, I can now go see shows. I saw ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’ in DC before it came to Broadway. It was revelatory for me.  I see lots of musicals, either because my friends are in them or because the record labels I co-founded. Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight records, are doing the cast albums.  Speaking of Woolf’s, my dear friend Betsy Wolfe is getting ready to be in the first production in New York of The Last Five Years since we did it in 2002, which was also our record labels first cast album.  So I can’t wait to go see that; she is going to be great, in spite of my relentless, unsolicited coaching.


Do you have an all-time favourite Musical Theatre song?

My all time favorite songs are not musical theatre songs, they are rock or jazz songs, but if i had to pick a favorite musical theatre song, for sentimental reasons it would be something from Randy Newman’s Faust, because doing that show is where I met my first, and somehow still current husband, or something from ‘Hair’ because Jerry, Jim and Galt got me my equity card and gave me my first theatre job, or something from ‘Tommy’ cause, duh, it’s genius and I love that cast. Basically every show I’ve ever done we had so much fun and I love the people and then the music because of that.


Thank you for having Tea With Wilma

Sherie Rene Scott: Piece of Meat
21 – 23 Feb 2013

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