For anyone who has ever imagined their name in lights, Rita McKenzie (Ruthless! The Musical and Ethel Merman's Broadway) is an inspiration and an icon. This interview by Courtney Marie of TheatreScene.net delves into the life and career of a world-class entertainer, as well as her own perspective on her characters and their relationships.
I particularly enjoy McKenzie's advice to young performers trying to build a career: "My sense is that today, many people want things too fast. Really with any career path, there are a lot of steps you need to take in order to become successful. The process of getting to that place — the ups and the downs — cannot be overlooked." I felt especially lucky to discover this gem of an interview while browsing theater news, and I hope you enjoy it, too.
Rita McKenzie as Ethel Merman in Ethel Merman's Broadway.
(photo credit: Keith Munyan)