How to Be a Leading Lady | Helen Eisenbach

September 11, 2014 7:41 PM

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How to Be a Leading Lady | Helen Eisenbach

Right now I envy anyone who lives in Denver or has the chance to be at that city's Center for the Performing Arts anytime between Sept. 12 and Oct. 26, when Meredith Wilson's The Unsinkable Molly Brown debuts in a contemporary reimagining written by multiple Tony-winner Dick Scanlan. Directed by the similarly gifted/garlanded Kathleen Marshall, the new Molly stars Beth Malone, chiefly known for embodying the adult Alison Bechdel in Fun Home, Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron's musical adaptation of cartoonist Bechdel's remarkable graphic memoir, which is now slated for a Broadway run.

Shortly after she unexpectedly landed the role of Molly Brown, I spoke with Malone before her final matinee in a San Diego production of Annie Get Your Gun. Librettist/book writer Scanlan was also gracious enough to share his thoughts on finding his newest leading lady. The following is edited and i...

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