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. 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 Mazzie
By Brij ParasnathGUYANA’S Gajanand Singh impressed again with an attractive 64 runs and copped the Player-of-the-Series award but Cane Farm Sports Club lifted the UWI UNICOM T20 crown when they overpowered Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) by 67 runs in the grand final contested under floodlights at the Sir Frank Worrell ground, St Augustine campus on Sunday night.DCC fell at the final hurdle when their frontline bowlers Keemo Paul, Ashmead Nedd and Singh were put to the sword by West Indies ODI and T20 opener Evin Lewis.Carnival is four weeks away but Lewis added some real Trinidadian tempo and immediately stamped his authority on the proceedings when Cane Farm were asked to take first strike, after DCC captain Derwin Christian won his fifth consecutive toss and asked his opponents to face some music.Left-handed Lewis went on the rampage from the very first ball delivered by Paul as he smashed it for a blistering boundary to open the floodgates for boundaries and sixes galore that had the appreciative crowd of over 3 000 spectators enjoying the batting fireworks on display. The attacking left-hander added another powerful boundary followed by a mighty six in the first over.Surprisingly, Gajanand Singh with his gentle off-spinners was given the second over and he was warmly greeted with four towering sixes off his first five balls. Only the fourth and sixth were not dumped outside the playing area.Sharfane Rutherford replaced Paul and he brought joy to DCC supporters when he removed Imran Khan with the third delivery of his first over. But he did not escape punishment as Lewis added a double and a four off the final two deliveries of the third over.Kellon Carmichael briefly stalled the batting momentum and bowled a maiden over to Lendl Simmons. But Lewis soon was on the charge again in the very next over bowled by left-arm spinner Ashmead Nedd, whose deliveries were belted out of the playing area for four more massive sixes off the his first five balls.Lewis had already raced past his fifty off 18 deliveries and counted five sixes and five fours. He blasted two more sixes and departed for a hurricane 90 with ten sixes and six fours off 35 deliveries.The pulsating batting waned following Lewis’ exit. But it quickly picked up momentum when burly Roshon Primus joined skipper Denesh Ramdin and together they put on another fine exhibition of power-hitting.Primus took the leading role and slammed a quick-fire 43 that contained three sixes and four fours off 18 balls while Ramdin blazed four fours and a six for his 23 runs. Simmons hit three fours in his 26 made off 27 balls.Cane Farm amassed 217 for 6 in their allotted 20 overs while DCC folded for 150 all out in 17.1 overs.While wickets tumbled at regular intervals around him, the pugnacious leftie blazed to 64 with the aid of two sixes and ten elegant fours and took his overall tournament aggregate to 327 for an amazing average of 327.Carmichael and Paul raised hopes of helping Singh to carry DCC as close as possible to Cane Farm’s challenging total but they perished through reckless strokeplay. Carmichael made 34 while Paul was smartly stumped by Ramdin off Imran Khan for 25.Paul delighted the crowd with three huge sixes off Khan who deceived him with the doosra that had him groping down the track as Ramdin had the bails off in a flash to end DCC’s chances of a rear-guard fightback.Gajanand, who batted throughout the series with a troubled right shoulder and injured left elbow on his strong hand, sought to up the scoring rate but perished when he was brilliantly caught by Rayad Emrit at extra cover off Primus who demolished the lower batting order to give Cane Farm an impressive victory over the Guyanese team.Primus finished with four for 39 from four overs and collected the Man-of-the-Match award while Ravi Rampaul (2 for 19 from 3.1 overs) and Khan (2 for 34 from 4 overs) helped in the demolition of DCC, who collected the runner-up prize of TT$20 000.Cane Farm Sports Club captain Denesh Ramdin received the champions’ prize of TT$40 000 and the Challenge Trophy.