When Duke arrived for her "Follies" audition, Seidelman asked the production's music director, Gerald Sternbach, to help prepare her. "She was really gung-ho when I vocalized her, and she sight-read it a little bit," Sternbach says. "She's musical enough to hit the notes and, because of her instincts, she gets the values of the lyric and the arc of the piece."
Duke was offered the job on the spot. "She has the perfect voice for Phyllis," Seidelman says. "It's filled with the dramatic intensity and bite that is Phyllis."