An Interview with Sophie Grimm, playing Rita LaPorta in Lucky Stiff in Concert

Sophie Grimm Sophie Grimm

Lucky Stiff closes on Sunday. What have you liked most about the process?

It was a blast, playing and committing so greatly so quickly. VERY WELL cast – these people are TALENTED ūüôā

What inspired you to want to be in Lucky Stiff in Concert?

I’m a big farce fan and when you can combine that with musical theatre belting, I’m in.

Where are you from?

A little town outside of Minneapolis, MN called Ellsworth, WI (Cheese Curd Capital of the WORLD)

What was your favorite game as a child?

Clue and Parchisi

Why should people come see Lucky Stiff?

It’s less known so everything is a surprise AND it’s hilarious – seriously. ūüėČ

What, if any, hair product do you use?

Gotta detangle those babies sometimes – but more importantly, Dry Shampoo is a goddess.

What brand of jeans do you wear?

Gap, always and forever. Curvy, peeps. Curvy.

See Sophie Grimm in Lucky Stiff in Concert at The Music Theatre Company Tonight at 8:00pm and Tomorrow at 2:00pm. Tickets available by walk-up sale or visiting http://www.themusictheatrecompany.org
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An Interview with Adam Fane, playing a variety of roles in Lucky Stiff in Concert

Adam Fane Adam Fane

Lucky Stiff closes tomorrow. What have you liked most about the process?

Getting to work with a top notch group of professionals who were ALL on the same page. It was a dream process and honor to share that stage with those people.
What inspired you to want to be in Lucky Stiff in Concert?
I have always thought it was an underdog of a show, but now I hear it is being turned into a motion picture starring Jason Alexander.
Where are you from?
Aurora, IL. 
What was your favorite game as a child?
Not quite a game, but I loved playing with my dog Toby. He kept it real. 
Why should people come see Lucky Stiff?
The music, script, and the performers. 
What, if any, hair product do you use?

Kevin Murphy.

What brand of jeans do you wear?
Levi!
See Adam Fane in Lucky Stiff in Concert at The Music Theatre Company Tonight at 8:00pm and Tomorrow at 2:00pm. Tickets available by walk-up sale or visiting http://www.themusictheatrecompany.org

An Interview with David Schlumpf, playing Vinnie in Lucky Stiff in Concert

David Schlumpf David Schlumpf

Lucky Stiff closes on Sunday. What have you liked most about the process?

The speed of the rehearsal process – and the fact that this amazing ensemble is as nice as they are fast learners, versatile, and a joy! ¬†It’s an honor to be on stage with them every night – and a heck of a lot of fun!
What inspired you to want to be in Lucky Stiff in Concert?

I have had an eye on The Music Theatre Company since their Gala where they were granted their current space. ¬†My friends, Zach Zube and Alex Weisman, have always been very proud of the company and as a musical theatre artist new to Chicago, it has been a big hope of mine to work with them. ¬†Now that I’m almost done with my MFA at Roosevelt’s CCPA, I’m thrilled to finally get the chance to perform on their stage. It’s a joy that’s been worth the wait.

Where are you from?

Born in Atlanta, GA, then to Charlotte, NC, then I graduated high school in Lexington, KY where my parents still live. ¬†I’m from all over.

What was your favorite game as a child?

Chutes and Ladders

Why should people come see Lucky Stiff?

Because you won’t believe how funny this show is, how awesome these performances are, and how quickly we made it all happen.

What, if any, hair product do you use?

Pomade

What brand of jeans do you wear?

Whatever my mom buys me.

See David Schlumpf in Lucky Stiff in Concert at The Music Theatre Company Tonight at 8:00pm and Tomorrow at 2:00pm. Tickets available by walk-up sale or visiting http://www.themusictheatrecompany.org

An Interview with Jessica Kingsdale, playing a variety of roles in Lucky Stiff in Concert

Jessica Kingsdale Jessica Kingsdale

Lucky Stiff closes tomorrow. What have you liked most about the process?

The people!! Even through the insanely fast rehearsal process and limited time, all these lovely people stayed calm, cheerful, playful, and committed.

What inspired you to want to be in Lucky Stiff in Concert?

I usually play much more serious roles, so this has been a great opportunity to let loose, have fun, and act a little crazy.

Where are you from?

Boston!

 What was your favorite game as a child?

My sister and I played a lot of card games. Our favorite was probably Spit.

Why should people come see Lucky Stiff?

It’s very smart humor, while still being playful and silly.

What, if any, hair product do you use?

Aveda

What brand of jeans do you wear?

Levi’s and Express

See Jessica Kingsdale in Lucky Stiff in Concert at The Music Theatre Company Tonight at 8:00pm and Tomorrow at 2:00pm. Tickets available by walk-up sale or visiting http://www.themusictheatrecompany.org

An Interview with Matthew Keffer, playing Harry in Lucky Stiff in Concert

Matthew Keffer Matthew Keffer

Lucky Stiff closes on Sunday. What have you liked most about the process?

I’ve most liked the thrill of playing “what can I get away with?” My last few projects were “dramatic” and it’s a lovely change of pace to be doing a musical comedy. The show has gone up in a very short amount of time and there’s no time to stop and question “Well, would my character ______?.” You come in with a clear picture of who you are, and react to the things around you with that point of view. You make the strongest choices possible, and commit to them until someone tells you “No!.” It’s still very much grounded in honesty, just maybe not reality.

What inspired you to want to be in Lucky Stiff in Concert?

I love the Music Theatre Company and I’ve worked with Jim and Jessica and Beth before.

Where are you from?

Crofton, Maryland
What was your favorite game as a child?
Chutes and Don’t Disappoint Your Father.
Why should people come and see Lucky Stiff?

People should come¬†¬†see this show because it’s a hysterical show with an incredible cast.

See Matt Keffer in Lucky Stiff in Concert through Dec 9. For tickets call 847.579.4900 or visit: http://www.themusictheatrecompany.org

An interview with Jeff Meyer, playing a variety of roles in Lucky Stiff in Concert

Jeff Meyer Jeff Meyer

Lucky Stiff closes on Sunday. What have you liked most about the process?

The PEOPLE. Are you kidding me? What talent! What a joy to be around!

What inspired you to want to be in Lucky Stiff in Concert?

I saw Fugitive Songs in Concert with my roomie, and it knocked my socks into the next dimension.

Where are you from?

Los Angeles – well, a suburb called Woodland Hills, but that’s not as exciting.

What was your favorite game as a child?

In rainstorms (infrequent and therefore dramatically exciting in LA) I would build a fort inside the large bushes in front of my house (using mainly umbrellas and tarps) and pretend that it was¬†Armageddon¬†and that I was the sole hope for humanity’s future. Also, “Guess Who?”

Why should people come see Lucky Stiff?

Come for my once-in-a-lifetime role as an Italian nun. Stay for some incredible singing and a whole bag of deep, hearty laughs.

What, if any, hair product do you use?

IT’S ALL NATURAL, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!

What brand of jeans do you wear?

Levi’s 511. Everything else is trash.

See Jeff Meyer in Lucky Stiff in Concert at The Music Theatre Company Friday December 7-9. Tickets available by calling 847.579.4900 or visiting http://www.themusictheatrecompany.org