Stories & Cast Interviews
Jonathan Stahl's NINE is a Ten!
Director of NINE, Jonathan Stahl
I grew up in south central PA in the valley between the north and south mountains. Newville, PA to be exact. I lived in the country and had a very enjoyable upbringing that did not have a lot of urban culture. I went to public school and did high school theatre productions. I played in the band, sang in the choir... I did not start dancing till much later and eventually went away to college for musical theatre -- somewhat against all odds
I was somewhat influenced by Sunday afternoon movie musicals and movies by Shirley Temple. I had a very supportive teacher in middle school who did one small community review who gave me encouragement. In high school, I was mesmerized by the movie ALL THAT JAZZ. I did not see much live theatre, but did go to local regional theatre when the opportunity arose. My own work has been greatly influenced by working with Richard Stafford as his associate the last few years.
In approaching directing NINE, I obviously did as much research as I could... watching the movie 8 1/2, reading up on Fellini, watching his movies, etc. I saw the original production video at Lincoln Center Library as well as the 2002 revival for research. I also have the life experience of also being a man who has reached 40 and knows the intricacies on moving forward in life that can accompany such a milestone.
I have seen the recent movie of NINE. I think Mr. Marshall took on an interesting challenge. It appears as if he tried to merge the movie "8 1/2" with the musical NINE. They are two very separate mediums that do not lend themselves to being merged. I think the movie is cinematically stunning, and there are a few wonderful performances. I enjoyed the movie, but was mostly disappointed with how the "ensemble" of women that are in the musical were handled amongst the medium. The stage version so beautifully gives the audience the opportunity to see how ALL women, from ALL walks of life had affected Guido. The movie just made it look like super models and the likes were his only muse. I think Guido has many muses. I hope our production represents that.
I am not a big "favorites" person. If I had to name a few favorite shows I guess I'd say RAGTIME, FALLSETTOS, INTO THE WOODS, KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN. I have always wanted to play Whizzer in Fallsettos, I loved playing Lumiere in Beauty and Beast, and would like to play the lead in KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMEN.
When I'm not working on a show, I like continuing my education…either as a performer (dance classes, acting classes and the like), or as a student of life. I recently got my undergraduate degree after a 25 year hiatus and thoroughly enjoyed the education I received in doing so. I like traveling, going to the gym and museums. Ironically, I have to remind myself I need to go see shows from time to time. I tend to forget to do that. But when I do go, I always love the theatre.
A GLORY To Behold!
Leading Lady, Glory Crampton, starring in NINE, dishes about a few things in her own "unusual way"!
I grew up in long island. NY. My Father was a surgeon from Buenos Aires, Argentina and my mother, a housewife from Pasadena, California. I was into sports. I was a competitive diver until my teens. I started acting in community theater and decided to go to college to study acting. I went to NYU (Tisch) and my involvement in musical theater happened by accident.
I was influenced by great performers, I loved Natalie Wood, Audrey Hepburn, Olivia Hussy from the film, Romeo and Juliet, and all the romantic tragic love stories!!
I played Claudia in the past and never thought I was right for Luisa. so this was a surprise for me when I was cast, and I love playing this role!! It has opened up the possibility of playing more of these types of roles and I'm using a very different part of my voice (a much lower register that I'm really enjoying)
The recent film of NINE was beautiful, had great cinematography and amazing actors, but, some of my favorite songs from the show were cut from the film which altered the storyline for me a bit. I think I prefer the stage version.
I love so many of the musicals and roles I've gotten to play. Phantom, My Fair Lady, Camelot, I've gotten to play so many of my dream roles. At this point, I'd like to create a role. Something no one else has put a stamp on.
I love to travel. I'll be traveling as soon as Nine closes. I think my husband and I will be going to the Virgin Islands. My next big trip will be to Buenos Aires. I also love going to restaurants, a great bottle of wine, experiencing different cultures. So many roles I've played are European, I guess the traveling has helped! M y husband and I are also renovating our kitchen and that is a big project.
My CD is going to be released very soon so that will keep me busy and I am very excited about that!!!
The CD is with the London National Symphony. It was recorded at Abbey Road in England, in the same studio the Beatles did all of their recording (their piano is still there in the corner. I played it in between takes!). It features original orchestrations of “leading lady” songs from Broadway shows. “Unusual Way” from NINE is the title song, “I Could Have Danced All Night”, “All I Ask Of You”, “My Man”, “It's A Grand Night For Singing”, “Pie Jesu”, “If They Could See Me Now”, and many more!! We are taking pre-sales orders in the lobby now. We are also releasing a music video on "you tube" this week of "UNUSUAL WAY"!!