Here I am, Again!!
Posted by: wbtpress on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 4:44:00 pm
William McCauley plays Movie Producer R.F.Simpson in Singin' In The Rain. He is no stranger to the WBT stage! We have been lucky to lure him here several times...Read on!
I'm from Wayne, Pennsylvania (suburban Philadelphia), and I put my way through Northwestern by singing and playing in piano bars in Chicago. I saw Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Mikado" at age 8, and have been an actor ever since. I was a protege of Metropolitan Opera soprano Anna Moffo and studied singing with NY City Opera's Jack Harrold. Sada Thompson, who died last week, played my mother on Broadway and mentored me for nearly 40 years.
I began at WBT with "Applause" in 1980. The best show I ever did for WBT was "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" in 1987. It starred Broadway cast members Tony Azito and Paige O'Hara, the choreographer was Rob Marshall (who directed the film of "Chicago"), it was the New York debut of Broadway star Rebecca Luker, and dancing in the back row of the chorus were Kathleen Marshall (Rob's little sister, who directed "Anything Goes", currently on Broadway) and Rob Ashford (who directed "How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying", currently on Broadway).
This is my fourth production of "Singin' In The Rain" -- my first was at WBT in 1996. I am always amazed that people want to see this show on stage, when they can rent the movie masterpiece for a few bucks. Whenever I ask them why they want to see it on stage, I always get the same answer: "Because that's REAL RAIN!!!"
I unofficially hold the record for playing Henry Higgins in "My Fair Lady" more than any other actor. These days, I have graduated to the role of Col. Pickering, which is also lots of fun. My memories of playing the lead in "CHICAGO" for three years I keep very close to my heart.