Meet Sandy Rosenberg as Flo Manero
Sandy Rosenberg graces our stage once again! As Flo Manero, In Saturday Night Fever, she gives a terrific performance. Read on for an amusing interview with this versatile and accomplished actress.
I grew up in Brooklyn, NY…yes, the same borough as SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER….In fact, my brother recently reminded me that our dad took Hustle lessons at the same club that Odyssey 2001 is based on. How’s that for full circle? I went to James Madison High School in Brooklyn which boasts some illustrious alums….Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Chuck Schumer, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Judge Judy, and Carole King, among others. Must have been something in the water. I am also a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College right here in Westchester…Bronxville to be exact.
I always liked to perform…When I was little I would imitate TV commercials with my great aunt and my first memory of performing was sitting on top of a piano in the Catskills at maybe the age of 5 singing WHEN THE RED RED ROBIN GOES BOB BOB BOBBING ALONG. For some strange reason I also got the chance to play some of the great male leading roles as a youngster - Tevye in the FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (at synagogue in 6th grade), Captain von Trapp in THE SOUND OF MUSIC (day camp) - But I wish there was a recording of the JEWISH version of THE SOUND OF MUSIC (at the same synagogue as FIDDLER) where, as the Rabbi’s wife, previously known as Mother Abbess (ya couldn’t have nuns in an orthodox temple, of course) got to sing ‘How do you solve a problem like , Miriam?’…I’m not kidding.
I always loved old movies and of course movie musicals from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Growing up in Brooklyn I also got to go to Broadway shows as soon as I was old enough to enjoy them...which my mother figured out was probably the moment I emerged from the womb on April Fools’ Day. Nothing’s changed.
I was aware of the musical SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER during my 5 1/2 years performing on Broadway in MAMMA MIA!. I hadn’t seen it, as is often the case with Broadway schedules making seeing other shows near impossible. This is my first experience with SNF but I’m well versed in the juke-box musical. (see above) I, of course, saw the movie of SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER when it came out. If I hadn’t, I would have had my Brooklyn card revoked…How could I be from Brooklyn and not see SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER???? ( I got a chance to work with John Travolta when I moved to LA shortly afterward and got to be a student in Mr. Kotter’s classroom.) This is, though, my third show at Westchester Broadway Theatre. My First show was PHANTOM about 8 years ago, where I played the role of the opera diva, Carlotta. A few years later I was in the Christmas show, HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. I love working at WBT. It’s like coming home…
I’ve grown up with the Broadway musical. It feeds me. So, I’m a pretty good audience member and love most shows. As I've gotten older, though, my dream roles have changed….for OBVIOUS reasons….so now, my dream roles would be, Mrs. Lovett (SWEENEY TODD), Mama Rose (GYPSY), Dolly Levi (HELLO DOLLY) and whatever other ‘women of a certain age’ role someone will hire me for!
When I’m not on the stage I enjoy hanging with my husband, cooking, photography and playing with our recently adopted rescue dog, Georgie…What kind is she??? It depends on who you ask…some sort of terrier mix, but I’ll just say she’s our 100% love mutt.
I don’t listen to music on my phone or iPod or anything like that….when I lived in LA, the radio was on in my car all the time but I don’t drive much anymore, so I haven’t a clue about the latest music. I’m ‘old school’…I still have a stereo and an extensive Original Broadway Cast recording collection… Ya can’t take that with you while you jog….Then again I don’t jog either.