Call Redialed: NEW Glenn Weill Interview: "Mamma Mia!" at Yorktown Stage
It’s so great to catch up with actor Glenn Weill who’s getting his spandex and dancing shoes ready for Yorktown Stage’s production of the international smash hit musical Mamma Mia!.
On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. ABBA’s hit songs bring this hilarious story to life. Mamma Mia! is an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show.
A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! a guaranteed smash hit for any theatre. A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!
Mamma Mia! will play at Yorktown Stage in Westchester NY (1974 Commerce Street, Yorktown Hts, 10598) from April 26-28. Click here for tickets!
1. This April you are starring in Mamma Mia at Yorktown Stage. What made you want to be in this show? I wanted to be in this show because of the music. I have loved the songs of ABBA ever since I was a child. There is something that just makes you smile when you hear them. I saw the show when it was on Broadway and left the theater in such a happy mood.
Then after I saw the movie version I thought that if the opportunity ever came up I would like to do the show. I knew I wasn’t the right type for the role of Sky and at the time I didn’t think I was right for any of the dad roles either. Fast forward a few years and the timing was right. I knew I could play the role of Harry and make it my own.
2. You are playing the role of Harry Bright, one of Sophie's possible dad's. What do you relate to most about Harry? What I relate to the most about Harry is that he has this outer facade of being very straight-laced, but underneath there is a wild side. He has come to Greece to escape the confines of his daily life and let out his spontaneous side. I can relate to that. That’s why I love to travel to far off places and definitely why I do theatre. Developing a character allows me to be someone other than myself and express sides of me I may not always be able to show. Harry is also generous and has a good heart and I think I possess those traits as well.
3. What is one characteristic of his that you are glad you yourself do not possess? I don’t think there is a characteristic of Harry’s I am glad I don’t possess. However, I do envy that he is in a long term, committed relationship. Meeting that special someone is hard; especially in New York. Being in a loving, committed relationship is something I want very much.
4. One song you sing in the show as Harry is "Thank You For The Music." What are you most thankful for today? I am most thankful for my family and friends. There is nothing better than knowing you have a bunch of supportive people who love you unconditionally and that you can depend on. That you can laugh with or cry with. Or laugh so much you start to cry. But, the one person I am MOST thankful for is my mother. She is simply the best!
5. The other song in this show you sing is "Our Last Summer." What was one highlight from last summer you still think about? One highlight would be my summer trip. I tend to take one big trip abroad every summer. Last summer I went to Prague which was charming and beautiful. Then I went to Berlin which was filled with so much history. It happened to be Gay Pride there at the time and it was quite an amazing experience.
6. Mamma Mia is such a feel good show. With a successful Broadway run, two blockbuster films, as well as numerous regional and touring productions, why do you think audiences still love this show so much? I think audiences still love this show because the music is so recognizable and iconic and for two hours they can leave their troubles outside and be transported into a world that will bring them joy. And with everything that is going on in this world right now, who wouldn’t want that? That is the magic of musical theater!
More on Glenn:
Glenn is an actor/singer who has performed regionally and on tour throughout the U.S. He has portrayed a wide range of characters from Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors to Perry in Love! Valour! Compassion! to John Hinckley, Jr. in Assassins. Other theatre credits include Wit (Dr. Posner), Me and My Girl (Gerald), Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow), Joseph…Dreamcoat (Butler/Brother), A Funny Thing…Forum (Protean), and Boys in the Band (Michael).