You have performed in some amazing shows so far in your career. What have been some of your highlights?
Hands down Funny Girl!
You have recently finished playing Fanny Brice in Funny Girl in America. How was it playing that iconic role and are you planning to see the London production whilst you are here?
It was a lifelong dream come true and the most magical experience of my career to date. It was everything I imagined and hoped it would be and more, and yes, I do plan to see the show in the West End!
You are coming to London for an eight-show residency at The Singers Lounge. What can people expect if they come along to the show, how will each one differ and do you have any special guests joining you that you can tell me about?
No two nights will be the same, I can guarantee that! I do have amazing special guests, none of which have been announced yet, so stay tuned 🙂 One can expect music from all three of my albums, brand new music from my forthcoming fourth studio project, plenty of Musical Theater favorites, songs from my dream roles I have never or will never play, music from the classic songbook of standards, pop covers, games requests. Basically anything your heart desires from me will probably happen in these eight shows.
Who are your biggest inspirations in the theatre industry and why?
Today it would be Cynthia Erivo. I just saw Color Purple when I was in NYC last week and she changed the way I see Musical Theater, changed the rules I’ve always played by I guess. When I do my own music and my own shows I feel free. When I come back to Theater I feel constrained and like I have to deliver perfection. I have struggled with the dichotomy for quite a while. Cynthia’s performance was the magic formula I needed to understand that I can live in both worlds at the same time. Gave me permission to be more free and more authentic even in a theatrical piece.
What has been the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you on stage?
Oh man the list is long… I suppose falling in the pit at Wicked? Because it won’t go away! Everyone still talks about it so it’s still embarrassing all these years later!
Apart from acting, what is your biggest vice?
Ahahah well I definitely wouldn’t consider acting my vice, but it was coffee. However, I have recently given it up so I’d say… shopping.
We are living in a time where films are often being turned into stage plays and musicals. If you had to choose one, what film would you like to see adapted to the stage?
A League Of Their Own.
If you could be the opposite sex for the day, what theatre role would you love to have a go at playing?
Coalhouse Walker JR.
If you won the lottery and could stage one theatre show of your choice, what would you choose and who would be your dream cast?
Well Funny Girl of course! Idris Alba would be Nicky, Laine Kazan would be Mama, Victor Garber would be Ziegfeld and Elijah Kelly as Eddie? I dunno!
Thanks for having Tea With Wilma
Shoshana Bean plays an eight night residency at The Singers Lounge 11 September – 3 October 2016 (various dates) www.pizzaexpresslive.com