Sally Wilfert is another rising performer! I was first introduced to Sally and her amazing vocals this past May when she performed in fellow "Adaumbelle's Quest" participant Joel Waggoner's "Songbook Series" at Lincoln Center. Sally's voice is powerful, soulful, and controlled! She can raise the roof with her belt or give that emotional tone just the right whisper. Her Broadway credits include "Assassins," "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," and Disney's "King David." Off-Broadway, Sally has delighted audiences in "See Rock City," "Make Me a Song: The Music of William Finn," "The Mistress Cycle" and "The Prince & The Pauper." Her other NY credits include "West Side Story Suite" (NYCB Lincoln Center), Carnegie Hall productions of "South Pacific," "Sondheim Tribute," and Cole Porter's "Jubilee." Sally has also toured the country in the National Tour of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" and in regional productions of "Les Miserables," Marry Me a Little," "Make Me A Song," "The Last Five Years," "Elegies," "Enchanted April," and "Amadeus." On television, Sally has lit up the screen in "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Loving," "Sondheim: A Tribute," and "South Pacific."
Sally can next be seen in Singing OnStage Productions' "Side By Side By Sondheim" at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC at 7:00pm on September 13 & 15 along with fellow "Adaumbelle's Quest" participant Barbara Walsh as well as Paul Anthony Stewart and Kate Wetherhead. The Laurie Beechman Theatre is located at 407 West 42nd Street (between 9th & 10th Avenue). Tickets are $20 + $15 food or drink minimum. For tickets call 212-695-6909!
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? I would have to say that it all started with music, which was a big part of my family growing up in Ohio. I started playing piano at age 5, in middle school discovered that I had a singing voice, and by high school it was clear that there was a performer inside of me. All I knew was that when I was on a stage and connected to an audience I felt most at home. So anyone and everyone from that point onward inspired me to be who I am today.
2. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? I would love to sing and share the stage with Barbara Cook.
3. What attracted you to "Side by Side by Sondheim" and how has Stephen Sondheim influenced you as a performer? Well, Richard Biever and I have been friends for many years....and he is one of the most passionate theatre people I know! So when he asked me to be a part of the fundraiser for his amazing new theatre company (I love their mission statement), and that we would be doing "Side by Side" I said....hmmm....let me think...."YES!!!!"
When I discovered Sondheim on my path as a young actor, he, quite frankly, changed my life. I learned through his music what it meant to truly be an actor who sings and interprets a song. And that both the music and the text require equal attention. Once that clicked, I was obsessed - and I have never approached music in the same way again. And to have been able to work with him? Crazy dream come true.
4. If you could perform in any Sondheim show, which would you choose? Merrily We Roll Along What do you like most about performing his music? What I like most about performing Sondheim music, is that I discover something new every time I live inside his material. I experience one revelation after another about myself, the music, and about life....It is beyond rewarding.
5. What is your favorite part of the rehearsal/preview period in a show? I love to rehearse. The "process" is my favorite part of a show.....it is where you get to make big mistakes and big discoveries while tapping into a character of a song. And also where you have an opportunity to collaborate with other wonderful artists, like I will be doing in "Side by Side." Where is your favorite place to rehearse/practice on your own? My favorite place to rehearse is in my living room of my apartment. My neighbors love me!
6. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? Oh wow, I have learned a lot about myself from being a performer! The biggest one I have learned is to stay in the moment and listen. Life can sweep me away, and I can get overwhelmed with "burning my candle at both ends" (which I have done since I was a kid). But if I can just stay in the moment and really listen to the situation or what my instincts are saying, then I can make a decision and move on.
7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Classes at the gym....just mixing it up all the time. I do anything from Spinning to Tabata. Oh, and I am also obsessed with Physique 57!
8. Favorite skin care product? Aveda hydrating lotion. Favorite kind of shoes? anything comfy that has a heel.
9. Favorite website? I'd have to say YouTube.
10. "Glinda" or "Elphaba"? Probably Elphaba - I'm strong-willed and I love to wear black!
11. What's the best advice you've ever received? Don't listen while you sing.