From Meet John Doe, to Little Mermaid to [title of show].
Critics and audiences were wowed by her scintillating Helen Hayes Award winning performance as Anne Mitchell in last year’s Ford’s Theatre’s production of Meet John Doe, and now Heidi Blickenstaff is starring in [title of show] at the Lyceum Theatre in New York City, where she sat down with one of her biggest fans – Joel Markowitz – to schmooze about [title of show]‘s journey to Broadway.
“It’s a simple story about 2 guys with a dream and 2 girls who help them get it.”
Heidi tells us how the dream was kept alive while the cast – creators Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen, and actress Susan Blackwell and Heidi worked on other projects in the theatre after [title of show]‘s successful and award winning Off-Broadway run in 2006 at the Vineyard Theatre,, before finally getting the call to bring the show to the Lyceum Theatre on the Big White Way.
In between playing “inanimate objects and mammals,” Heidi burned up the Fords Theatre’s stage as the reporter from hell. “I was so excited to sink my teeth into it… I knew her very well… I loved her, even though there was a lot not to like about her.” Listen as Heidi talks about why the song “I Hope You Can See This” was so emotional for her to sing.
After Meet John Doe, Heidi tried to make a splash in The Little Mermaid, understudying the role of Ursula – the “Cruella de Vila” of the underworld, but never went on for the Merman of the sea – Sherie Rene Scott.” That broad’s got chops. She is an old school belter. I kept expecting her to wear out…” But, no luck.” Heidi swam away from the mermaids and the fins to return to [title of show].
And now, she gets to play herself on Broadway, in a show where “a lot of people connect to the story and they feel they are seeing something in their lives that they want to do.”