David Edwards is back as SCROOGE! I caught up with him between rehearsals...He's not as grouchy as I thought!
I grew up in the New York City area, in the city & the burbs. I started performing as a child, so, I was always in the city. I sang at NYC Opera when I was eleven and was one of the kids in the Broadway musical "The Rothschilds".
I don't remember ever not wanting to be an actor. We went to the theatre when I was a child. I guess my mom was my biggest influence for going into the theatre. She was a dancer before she married my dad. Although she loved it, she was hardly the typical stage mother. Instead, of pushing me, she was always cautious, she wasted to make sure I was really enjoying it because show business can be a hard life.
Scrooge is a great role, one of the most remembered characters in literature and there are always more things to discover and mine from it. This is my fourth time playing the role at WBT. They were all different takes on the story, the first was A Country Christmas Carol...Scrooge with a southern accent, set in contemporary times with an original country music score, although, one of my songs was a kind of rap number! The second was set in traditional Dickens' England with an original musical comedy score by George Puello. Last year as part of The Christmas Voyager, we did a 20-minute tab version with me narrating as Dickens/Scrooge, and now Sleepy Hollow Scrooge meets Washington Irving.
Actually, there was a very real connection between Dickens & Irving. Irving was an Anglophile and an admirer of Dickens' work. Dickens defended Irving against critics who compared him unfavorably to other American writers. As for seeing the headless horseman, well....he does figure into the story, but I think it best to save the "how " as a surprise for the audiences.
I have been lucky to have played so many of my dream roles in musicals. Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, El Gallo in The Fantasticks, Albin in La Cage Aux Folles, King Arthur in Camelot, Fredrick in A Little Night Music, Max in The Producers. But I still have a wish list of great musical theatre parts such as Sweeney Todd, Tevye, Henry Higgins and plenty of non-musical parts! I recently had great fun playing Colonel Jessup in A Few Good Men and Sheridan Whiteside in The Man Who Came To Dinner, a first cousin to Scrooge. I think I'd be a good fit for George in Who's Afraid Of Virginia Wolf.
My favorite thing around Christmas time is having the tree up. We have two at our house....and over 300 ornaments! Pretty much, all of them have a special memory. From a special person, or place or a show I was in.. we like to put up the trees early (they are up already), so we can enjoy them every evening with a cocktail before bedtime.
When not on stage, I like to travel when I can, collecting ocean liner history and memorabilia. I love ocean liners, we just visited a wonderful exhibit on the great French liner Normandie at the South Street Seaport. I also love to entertain in the home, watch old movies, and more and more, lately, I appreciate being able to sleep in!
What's on My iPod? SURPRISE! Showtunes..and opera, and classic, popular singers like Barbara Cook, Marylin Maye and Tony Bennett.