Greg In Hollywood Interview: Tony Award winner Marissa Jaret Winokur branches into directing
The last time I chatted with Marissa Jaret Winokur, the Tony Award winning actress (Hairspray) was one of the stars of a musical parody of Hocus Pocus at Rockwell Table & Stage.
The hugely popular show returns to the Los Feliz venue this fall with Winokur again in the cast.
These days, Winokur has been spending time at Rockwell but not on stage.
She has made her directorial debut with of The Unauthorized Musical Parody Of Bridesmaids.
I saw the show last weekend and absolutely had the best time. Some really big laughs and a first-rate cast. (It runs through September 17 – ticket information HERE).
Marissa and I had a quick chat during intermission:
Greg: How hard is it for you not to jump in and do this show yourself?
Marissa: Oh gosh, not this show. Those girls are so good. I don’t want to be any of those roles. I know every role and I can’t sing .like them. They are so awesome. Everyone is so good in their parts.
Greg: This is your first time directing. How has that been?
Marissa: It’s been amazing, literally a dream. I want to do musical theater forever and I want to direct musical theater forever. I love it so much.
Greg: Are you now the queen of Rockwell Table and Stage?
Marissa: What an honor, I would love to be the queen of Rockwell (laughs). This place totally changed my life last year when I did Hocus Pocus. I like having a theater community and you don’t get that in Los Angeles so this is kind of that community for me to try new things and do things that scare me and have fun. I love it here.
Greg: I’m laughing so hard at this show so far. How did you pull that off?
Marissa: Kate Kate Pazakis wrote it and it’s been great coming up with fun ideas for the songs.
Greg: You met Kate at the stage door when you were on Broadway.
Marissa: She said she’s seen Hairspray 10 times and I used to be up on her vision board and she was like, ‘I want to be like you! Now she’s inspired me to try new things.