Bullets Star Marin Mazzie Teaches Us How to Be the Ultimate Diva

first_img Who is your favorite stage diva of all time? The one person that fits the definition of the diva that I want to be is Angela Lansbury. Her career has spanned decades, she has been a success in every medium. She continues to give of herself to the theater and to her work and she is the classiest, nicest, most generous woman. She’s an extraordinary person that I look at and say, “That’s a diva who really has it all.” The beauty outside and inside. Which diva would you like to sing a duet with? I already got to sing a duet with Chita Rivera! The other diva I would love to sing with is Barbara Cook. What is the ultimate diva meal to order in a restaurant? An expensive bottle of champagne and some really expensive caviar. I love those two things—as long as I’m not footing the bill! [Laughs.] If there’s one leading lady who knows how to play the ultimate diva, it’s Bullets Over Broadway star Marin Mazzie. The three-time Tony nominee is back on the boards as Helen Sinclair, a glamorous Broadway star who practically invented the word. But according to Mazzie, divas have gotten a bad rap in recent years. “I think divas can be a lot of things,” she told Broadway.com. “It gets the bad connotation of someone with a big ego who is mean to people and bosses people around and demands a lot of things. I think of a diva as a very strong woman who knows what she wants and goes for it.” Mazzie is turning Broadway.com into Diva University—read below for a lesson in all things diva! How late should a diva sleep every day? I think Helen Sinclair gets out of bed in time for cocktails, whether that’s three, four or five in the afternoon. Marin doesn’t do that, though! Bullets Over Broadway What is your favorite diva song to sing? Really and truly, it’s “Back to Before” from Ragtime. The character of Mother in Ragtime is a woman I admire so deeply because she truly was a force for change at the turn of the century. That song, through my career, has meant so much. It’s a song that I’ve sung at so many events for different things, because “we can never go back to before” continues to be something we need to be saying to people. We have so many of the same problems that we’ve had over the years and not been able to get past as humans. That’s my ultimate song. What items should every diva have in her dressing room? From a vocal diva standpoint, you must have throat tea, Mucinex, Braggs apple cider vinegar (because it has “the mother” in it, whatever that means), and Alkalol to gargle with. Also, a couch to sleep on—for this show, my husband sent me a leopard onesie. I have to say, it’s the most comfortable thing, I put it on between shows and I sleep in it! But of course, I remove the tail. What are the five qualities every diva must possess? Strength, confidence, a sense of humor about yourself and respect and kindness for everyone you meet and work with. Oh, and you must have a flask (if you’re me, it’s full of good tequila). See Marin Mazzie in Bullets Over Broadway, now playing at the St. James Theatre. Which divas do you draw inspiration from while playing Helen Sinclair? Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth, Lauren Bacall, Jean Harlow and Barbara Stanwyck. They were all strong, sexy women that became even stronger as the years went on. What item in your closet makes you feel like a diva when you put it on? Because I do a lot of concerts, I have a lot of gowns. I have this great beaded gown that I love to wear and that’s great fun. And I wore this beautiful red dress [see below] that Theia designed on opening night of Bullets Over Broadway. It’s gorgeous.center_img What’s your favorite diva costume piece in Bullets Over Broadway? During my first scene, I enter in what I call my temple—[set designer] Santo Loquasto designed it for me, and I consider it a part of my costume. I open those red doors, and there I am in this gorgeous, jeweled silver dressing gown. In my head, I imagine that Julian Marx [played by Lenny Wolpe] has come to try and convince me to do this play, it’s sometime in the afternoon and of course I’m still in bed, probably with someone. In my mind, I make him wait a good 45 minutes before I throw a robe on and decide to come down and scream at him. What is your signature diva drink? I like a silver tequila like Patron or Milagro or Herradura, shaken in a martini shaker with a really healthy squeeze of lime, poured in a martini glass. Related Shows View Comments What diva trait does your husband [actor Jason Danieley] let you get away with? I’m sure he has a whole list of things I don’t even know I do! He gets up at the crack of dawn and walks Oscar, our beloved Miniature Schnauzer [photo below, from Danieley’s Instagram page]. He lets me get away with staying in bed. Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 24, 2014 Who is your favorite screen diva? Joan Crawford in The Women is hilarious. She’s a low-class girl who’s working her way up, or at least thinks she is. I love her in that, and in Mildred Pierce and Grand Hotel and Posessed—she’s done a variety of wonderful things. I’ll mix her with Carole Lombard, who was so beautiful and funny in To Be or Not to Be, Twentieth Century and My Man Godfrey; I love her. The combination of those two! Marin Mazzielast_img read more

Bucksport 5K Race Benefits Seventh-graders

first_imgFor more sports news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. BUCKSPORT — The Bucksport “Be a Leader” 5K Race was held on Saturday at the Bucksport Middle School.The field is off in the Bucksport “Be a Leader” 5K Race held Nov. 13 at the middle school. The event was a fund-raiser to help the school’s seventh-graders attend a leadership school this spring.BUCKSPORT — The Bucksport “Be a Leader” 5K Race was held on Saturday at the Bucksport Middle School.The race was a fund-raiser to help the Regional School Unit 25 seventh-grade class attend the Kieve Leadership School this spring.A one-mile fun run was also held as part of the event.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe top 10 finishers in each division of the 5K race were as follows:MaleMike Hampton, 18:32Chris Jones, 18:51John Peckenham, 19:40Forrest Mehlorn, 19:44Rufus Williams, 19:49Tom Kieby, 21:33Robinson Doyle, 21:47Nicholas Jump, 22:20Stan Pelletier, 22:49William Randolph, 23:06 Latest Posts FemaleZoe Olson, 9:43Olivia West, 9:54 Latest posts by admin (see all) Bio admincenter_img Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Top Two Fun Run FinishersMaleDuncan Steele-Maley, 9:08Thatcher Steele-Maley, 10:22 FemaleAndrea Giddings, 19:54Laura Anderson, 23:29Sally Peckenham, 23:31Jenny Pert, 23:33Margaret Jones, 23:45Jane Hunt, 24:13Cara Pollard, 25:43Lisa Steele-Male, 26:15Lauren Duncan, 26:28Margaret Peckenham, 26:40 House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014last_img read more

PM president express hope for new year

first_imgThe new year will be a “watershed” for Greece, according to Prime Minister George Papandreou who has expressed confidence that his government can revive the country’s fortunes in 2010.Papandreou said: “2009 leaves our country at a difficult and crucial juncture. Beyond the problems with our public finances, the general course that our economy has taken, we also suffered erosion of the many possibilities that our homeland possesses.“Despite the admittedly major progress our country has made in recent decades, there were few times when we challenged ourselves and on even fewer occasions did we face up to Greece’s major ills and chronic problems.”Papandreou said that one of the biggest challenges Greece faces this year is the restoration of its credibility, both at home, where faith in institutions such as Parliament and the justice system is diminishing, and abroad, where the country’s failure to provide reliable financial data has prompted criticism from its European Union counterparts.“We want 2010 to be a watershed, a year of significant, bold and just decisions as well as major changes and reversals,” said Papandreou in his New Year’s message.“I am sure that together we will be able to open a new, hopeful and optimistic chapter in the history of our country.”January will be a crucial month for the government as it must submit its draft for the Stability and Growth Plan to Brussels on Monday. Two days after that, officials from the European Commission and the European Central Bank will visit Athens to hold talks about whether the measures that the government will include in its economic plan for 2010 will be enough to put Greece’s ailing economy back on the road to recovery.President Karolos Papoulias, who welcomed a host of dignitaries at the Presidential Palace in Athens yesterday for a traditional New Year’s gathering, shared in Papandreou’s optimism, saying that Greeks’ “fighting spirit” would ensure the country recovers. “We will make it but the problem will be to ensure that there is balance and that the weaker members of our society are not affected,” said Papoulias. “We will make it though; others have been through difficult situations and with fewer strengths than us.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more