Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Spotlight On...Marilyn Matarrese

Name: Marilyn Matarrese

Hometown: New York

Education: B.F.A. in Drama from NYU; Post Graduate Certificate from the Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, London, UK

Select Credits: TV& Film: "The Americans", "Nurse Jackie", "The Sopranos", "L&O Criminal Intent", "Lbs.", "MIAMI OR BUST', Off Bway: Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding, Regional: Lost in Yonkers

Why theater?: For me, there is nothing like the energy of a live audience.  I love that there’s something different every night.

Who do you play in Eddie and the Palaceades?: I play Mama Cerelli, a widow, and owner of the local Italian Deli.  I also make some pretty magical eggplant.

Tell us about Eddie and the Palaceades: Eddie and the Palaceades is a delightful, feel good musical.  It has something for everyone, humor, pathos, and of course great music.

What is it like being a part of Eddie and the Palaceades?: It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to originate a role in a world premiere.  Plus, the cast and creative team are so strong. The rehearsal process has been a pleasure.

What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?:  I love being transported to another place as an audience member.  I’m inspired by the careers of Elaine Stritch, Barbara Cook, Joanne Woodward, Angela Lansbury – they are so consistently good.

Any roles you’re dying to play?:
“Fosca” in Passion, “Mazeppa” in Gypsy, “Maria” in Lend Me a Tenor, “Lady M.” in the Scottish play.

What’s your favorite showtune?:
“Move On” from Sunday in the Park with George.

If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: Stephen Sondheim.

Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: Gee this one really stumped me.  I was thinking Jill Hennessey or a younger Angelica Houston.  As far as the title: “Unscripted Moments.”

What show have you recommended to your friends?: Cabaret

What’s the most played song on your iTunes?: “Clocks” from Coldplay

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: I love watching true crime stories on Investigation ID.  I also love HGTV makeovers, and the Food Network.

What’s up next?: I have a role in the independent feature “Thirsty”, which should come out in the fall.  I am also co-star and co-creator of the comedy web series, “Patty and Patty” about two middle-aged Italian broads living in Hell’s Kitchen, We are currently shooting our third season, and you can watch us on pattyandpatty.com.

For more on Eddie and the Palaceades visit midtownfestival.org.

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