Katie Thompson in "R.R.R.E.D. A Secret Musical"

What a night! Not only did I get to have my first face to face interview with the incomparable Katie Thompson (which appears below), but I also got to see Katie's show "R.R.R.E.D. A Secret Musical." presented by Shea Sullivan and the New York  Musical Festival. According to show notes, the Oxford Hair Foundation did a study in 2005 that predicts by the year 2100 the recessive gene that causes red hair will be extinct due to globalization & population intermixing. Based upon this true study, the show takes you inside R.R.R.E.D., a group dedicated to preserving the red-headed species. With a voice, belt, and riff that most only dream of, Katie Thompson lets her voice be heard and heard it should be! Luckily, Katie sings throughout. Adding to her amazement (and Katie is surrounded with some of the finest performers) are Patrick Livingston (who co-wrote the book with Katie), Kathy Deitch, Nathan Balser, and a surprise celebrity guest each night. To find out who that celebrity guest is, you'll have to go see the show! Tonight's guest was the talented and beautiful voiced Kate Shindle (Miss America 1998). "R.R.R.E.D. A Secret Musical" runs through Sunday, October 4. For tickets, click here and for more on Katie Thompson visit: http://www.katiethompson.com/.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My dad, not because he was a performer, but because he put me on stage at four and said "GO!"

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Lowest is a low C. Highest is a high C to E flat, but only for play in my head voice.

3. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? Kathleen Turner. Call me...

4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I can sew or at least think I can.

5. What is the best advice you've given someone, but not taken for yourself? Stay calm.

6. If you couldn't be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? Death, I would be dead. There is no alternative.

7. Favorite play/musical? Big River.

8. Favorite kind of shoes? New Balance. I'm not a big shoe girl.

9. Favorite website? Adampictures.com

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman.

Scott Alan

Billy Stritch