June 28, 2007

Sara Schmidt’s Passion For The Stage

June 28th, 2007

Will Hobson of The Philadelphia Inquirer has a great story about Jersey Boys’ Sara Schmidt’s passion for performing and her ups and downs of a life on and off Broadway.

“I didn’t anticipate it being this hard,” the 31-year-old said as she sat in a Starbucks down the street from the August Wilson Theater. “I mean, I’ve auditioned for hundreds of things, and I’ve gotten like what, five?” she added.

One of her first roles was a spot in an off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks 10 years ago. Her career has included stints as an understudy on the Broadway shows Dance of the Vampires and Brooklyn, but only Jersey Boys has earned her a spot on stage in every show, most notably when she belts out “My Boyfriend’s Back” in the first act. The “and others” in her role denotes Schmidt’s playing 24 people, including Valli’s mother and girlfriend as well as daughter, which begs for some kind of Sigmund Freud joke.

“I’m lucky – I’ve worked pretty much steadily since I was 20,” Schmidt said.

Read the full story in Philly.com.

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