Darcy Yellin Takes The Stage!

Posted by: wbtpress on Friday, April 24, 2009 at 2:38:00 pm

Local girl, DARCY Plays multiple roles in Funny Girl as well as understudying FANNY! We caught up with her between performances.....

I am originally from Manhattan's upper eastside Yorkville area.  At the age of seven, due to education decisions my parents made for my brother and I, we moved to Rye Brook here in Westchester.  Growing up my brother and I were always encouraged to do whatever we had immediate interest in.  And just as it happens neither one of us could care one bit for sports.  So, from a very very young age I was taking art classes, acting, dancing, you name it.  My family is very very small and close and we are extremely grounded together, always have been.

There was never a point in my life when I decided I wanted to BE AN ACTOR.  I was singing and dancing straight out of the womb.  It has always just been a part of my very being and fibers as a human to emote and perform.  I have been very fortunate to have many mentors in my life through every age and stage.  For about the past 10 years my voice teacher, Richard Lissemore has been my main source of growth and progression.  He has always been more than a teacher, he is family.
The funny part of about my dream role is that I am currently fulfilling that desire.  Fanny Brice in Funny Girl would hands down be my dream role.  At 23 years of age, to be understudying such a massive personality is most certainly a dream come true.  My top three favorite shows would have to be Cabaret, Gypsy and West Side Story.

I absolutely love the film.  I probably saw it for the first time when I was about seven.  Barbra has always been such an idol and icon to me.  Brilliant film and no one could fill that part more beautifully than her.  After seeing the film I first became aware of Fanny Brice.
My favorite moment in the show is when Fanny sings “Who are you Now”. For the first time the whole vibe of the show is brought to a very simple and beautiful moment.  So much of the story revolves around Nick and Fanny’s relationship and yet the script never really lends itself to letting you inside of the relationship. This song, besides being perhaps one of the most gorgeous “pull at my heart strings” songs, it takes you aside and reveals the tender mature Fanny.

Difficult would never be the word I would use to describe the multiple role switching I do in this show. It’s fun, keeps things interesting.  Now if I had to play Fanny and 2 other roles in one show, that would be a whole other story, and actually impossible.  No, it’s fun to be a forty something card player one moment and a Ziegfeld showgirl the next!
Fanny may be the biggest role created for a female.  With Rose and Dolly leading behind.  The biggest challenge with this role, as with all of these tour de force roles is stamina and endurance.   I don’t know how Jill does it.  She is Wonder Woman to me, made of steel!  There was no challenge for in terms of memorizing lines or understanding the essence and attitude of Fanny.  It’s one of my absolute favorite stories/shows; Fanny is a role I pray I have another chance to play.

When I’m not stage you can usually find me going to as many concerts as possible, cleaning my apartment (I’m a little crazy about the cleanliness of my living space..keeps me sane), squeezing in as much time possible with my boyfriend, and practicing with the band I currently just joined: I LOVE MONSTERS.
My little 2gig ipod is an extension of my soul.  Music is my life.  Currently you can find The Dresden Dolls, Ani DiFranco Andrew Bird, Jeff Buckley, Ingrid Michaelson, Kings of Leon, Radiohead, Metric, Portishead, The Postal Service, No Doubt, The Strokes, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.  Just to name a few favorites!


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