Full given name: Jill Dianne Weston
Where you were born/raised: Endicott, NY (graduate of U-E)
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
First Broadway show you ever saw? My Fair Lady (the original)
When did you first get involved in theatre? As a very young child in church and school productions
When did you first become involved with SRO? In 1988 in “Olympus on My Mind” (a great little show)
If you had to pick a favorite what show would you say was your favorite SRO show? Hands down: Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret (1989); unfortunately, this wonderful role hardly exists in the movie version—a real shame.
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? Original productions of these shows: Oklahoma, West Side Story, South Pacific, King and I, and Gershwin’s Girl Crazy
Some favorite modern musicals: Light in the Piazza, Lion King, Priscilla:Queen of the Desert, Jersey Boys
Some favorite classic musicals: All Rodgers and Hammerstein, Fiddler on the Roof, Hello, Dolly, Mame, Chicago, Company
Favorite showtune(s) of all time: Unfair question!!! But I am partial to Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, and Jerome Kern
Something you're REALLY bad at: card games
Most visited websites: Lots of them (Yes, I AM somewhat computer-literate!!)
Last book you read: A Natural Woman: A Memoir by Carole King (a must-read for all singers)
Must see TV shows: Morning Joe, Bluebloods, Jeopardy, The Ed Show, The Rachel Maddow Show, Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell
Last good movie you saw? The Queen
Some films you consider classics: Casablanca, Gone With the Wind, Singing in the Rain, The Sound of Music, Citizen Kane, Schindler’s List, and any Charlie Chaplin film
Do you have Pre-show rituals or warm-ups? Yes—I like a quiet place to relax (often difficult to find!) and do breathing/relaxing exercises
Pop culture guilty pleasure: Not sure....
What song is the most played on your iPod? I don’t own an iPod!! Imagine that!!!!
Three things you can't live without: music, music, music
What are some of your dream roles? If you mean ones I haven’t done: Vera Charles in “Mame,” The Matron in “Chicago,” and Eleanor of Aquitaine in “The Lion in Winter” (a gloriously meaty role)
If you could trade roles with someone in Little Women for one performance who would you pick? Thanks for the offer, but I’ll stick to my own role, “Aunt March.” I’m too old for any other part in the show! Plus, I have some of the best lines!!
What are some shows you'd love to see SRO to do? “South Pacific” and “Mame”