Piece of My Heart: Quick Questions with Leslie Kritzer and Teal Wicks

July 17, 2014 7:39 PM

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Piece of My Heart: Quick Questions with Leslie Kritzer and Teal Wicks

I've followed Leslie Kritzer's career for many years -- ever since I saw her in the 2001 Funny Girl staging at Paper Mill Playhouse. I've seen her do a lot of things, most of them comedic. In Piece of My Heart, a jukebox musical based on the life of songwriter Bert Berns, she shows her dramatic chops off. Of course, she also displays the powerhouse voice we've come to expect from her. I'm much less familiar with Teal Wicks. I never saw her as Elphaba. I did see her in Jekyll & Hyde and, right afterwards, I said to Constantine Maroulis: "That girl is the best Emma I've ever seen, and I've seen a good amount." He thought she was pretty great too (though he had never seen any other Emma, so he couldn't second my opinion). In Piece of My Heart she plays a much different role, a young dancer who falls for, and eventually marries, Berns. (Hairspray's Linda Hart plays the same character in her later years.)

I've followed Leslie Kritzer's career for many years -- ever since I saw her in the 2001 Funny Girl staging at Paper Mill Playhouse. I've seen her do a lot of things, most of them comedic. In Piece of My Heart, a jukebox musical based on the life of songwriter Bert Berns, she shows her dramatic chop...

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