Call Redialed: NEW Rori Nogee Interview: "Disenchanted! A New Musical Comedy" at PRIMA Theatre
Rori Nogee and I have been friends for almost 20 years! We met at a Daphne Rubin-Vega concert in 2001 and the rest is history. I’m beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to interview the actress & playwright about her craft. This time we discuss her starring turn in Dennis T. Giacino's Disenchanted! A New Musical Comedy + Rori’s original musical Siren’s Den.
In Disenchanted! A New Musical Comedy, the original storybook heroines share their subversive, not-for-kiddos “true stories" behind the tales as old as time. In order to set the record straight, these royal renegades toss off their tiaras, replacing sugary duets and animated teapots with hilarious songs that expose the juicy details of each princess’s life post-happily ever after.
Disenchanted! A New Musical Comedy plays at the PRIMA Theatre in Lancaster, PA (941 Wheatland Avenue, Suite A, Lancaster, PA 17603) through February 23. Click here for tickets!
1. This February you are starring in Disenchanted! A New Musical Comedy at Prima Theatre in Lancaster, PA. What made you want to audition for this production? I was actually asked to audition! I had the pleasure of working at Prima last year under the direction of J. Scott Lapp. He reached out to me and said he thought I would really get the humor of this piece. It turned out to be a great fit and I am thrilled to be back with the company.
2. In the show you play "Belle", "Rapunzel", and "The Little Mermaid." What do you feel is the common thread between all three characters? All three are bitter and have regrets about their poor life choices and circumstances. They are all also strong, independent women who are able to make jokes at their own expense.
3. What do you relate to most about each character? “Belle” was always my favorite Disney princess because she was a brunette and a bookworm. “Ariel” and I have very little in common in this production...she is a party girl and I am not, however, this “Ariel” has awesome taste in fashion and I want to steal her corset and sailor shorts! “Rapunzel” and I share a dominating energy. We both love to take control of the stage, but she gets to do it with a riding crop!
4. What is one characteristic of theirs you are glad you yourself don't possess? I am very glad I don't have “Rapunzel's” unibrow...girl needs to find some tweezers stat.
5. If you had to be friends with "Belle", "Rapunzel", and "The Little Mermaid," which one would you want to hang out with most? Definitely "The Little Mermaid." She may need to be cut off, but she seems like a really good time and could probably get her friends into all of the cool clubs around town.
6. Since this show is about the Disney princesses shedding their good-girl images, what is something about yourself you'd like to shed? I'd love to shed my bad habit of putting all of my energy and effort into people who don't give me that same energy and effort in return.
7. You have been working on your own musical theatre piece, Siren's Den, which has had five mountings so far. If you had to cast "Belle", "Rapunzel", and "The Little Mermaid" in Siren's Den, who would they play? This question is amazing. “The Little Mermaid” would be the rockstar, “Skylar Cole,” because even though she is a complete train wreck, she is still seductive and engaging. “Belle” would play “Remy,” her biggest fan. Like “Belle,” “Remy” was an outcast growing up in her small hometown. “Rapunzel” would be “Kurtis,” the money hungry head of the record label. “Rapunzel” is rather terrifying and I could see her being a monster in the music industry.
8. What's next for Siren's Den? I am currently working on a big rewrite and hope to do an industry reading later this year. Prima Theatre has also expressed interest in starting to produce new works so...we'll see!
9. Bringing this interview back to Disenchanted! if could you play any of the other Princesses, who would you like to play and why? “Cinderella” gets all of the best comedic lines, but I wouldn't do it as much justice as Angela Griswold! I also love "Honestly," the ballad that “Pochahontas” sings.
10. Rapid Fire Questions:
Coke or Pepsi? Coke.
Colgate or Crest? Colgate Optic White
Rent Live or Rent Film? Rent Live, but not the one on Fox, the REAL one from the last Broadway performance!
Favorite go to Emoji when texting? The one with the wink and the tongue out, 'cuz I'm sassy
More on Rori:
Rori Nogee is thrilled to return to Prima after appearing as “Woman 1” in First Date! She wrote the book, music and lyrics for Siren’s Den: A New Rock Musical (demo on iTunes), and her play, Aftershocks, just received its world premiere at the NY Winterfest.