I was first introduced to Ana at Joe's Pub, when she sang as part of "Songs I Drew," an evening dedicated to the music of singer/songwriter Drew Brody. From the moment I heard Ana sing, I knew I had to meet the person behind this amazing voice. Ana Nogueria has a voice heard only in heaven! With a belt the rips the roof off a building and then some, Ana Currently is working on "Cutman" at Goodspeed Musicals (playing at the Norma Terris from May 12th-June 5th), with music and lyrics by Drew Brody. She recently just got off of the first national tour of "In the Heights" where she played Carla and understudied the roles of Nina and Vanessa. Other NYC credits: Off Broadway: "Knives and Other Sharp Objects" (The Public with LAByrinth Theater Company), "Goodtime Charley" (The York), "The Boy in the Bathroom" (NYMF), "Perez Hilton Saves the Universe" (NYC Fringe), "The Girl in the Park" (NYC Fringe). Ana has a BFA in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory. "Cutman: A Boxing Musical" is currently playing at The Goodspeed Musicals at the Norma Terris Theater in Chester, CT through June 5! For tickets, click here!
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? I grew up listening to cast recordings of musicals (Phantom, Les Miz, Cats, Sweeney Todd) and watching the Rodgers & Hammerstein and MGM musicals. I think that's where the initial seed was planted. But it all changed when I saw the PBS recording of the Broadway production of "Into the Woods." I think I was five or six and I was OBSESSED. I used to build forts in my TV room and stay in there all day and watch it over and over again. I was too young to be able to point and say "this is what I want to do with my life" but I think that's the first time I realized I couldn't get enough of theater. And Bernadette Peters was the truth.
2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? I'm not actually sure. I think the lowest might be a low F? maybe a low E? In terms of highest, I honestly have no idea how high my head voice goes, I try to avoid it at all costs :) As far as belting, I keep sort of pushing the boundaries depending on what is being asked of me. I did a show where I had to sustain a belted high F# and I had never tried anything like that but since I had to, I did it. So, I'd say let's cap it at a G for now. But that is NOT an invitation for people to give me lots of songs to sing with belted high G's. Try to keep it on the staff people.
3. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? One person?! There are so many! Am I allowed to say Stephen Sondheim? Is that just a given? Honestly, there are so many incredible talented people in New York that this could take all day. How about we assume that if I haven't worked with you, I would like to. Unless you're mean.
4. How did you get involved with Drew Brody's "Songs I Drew"? Drew and I met almost four years ago when I auditioned for his musical "Cutman" at NYMF. I got the part on the spot and it has been a match made in heaven ever since. We have done four or five readings of it together and I also worked with him on his other musical, "Derma." Actually, right now we are up at the Goodspeed Opera House doing our first full production of "Cutman." Exciting stuff :) I just love Drew so much and really think he is a bit of a genius. I'd sing the songs he drew anytime.
5. What is the best advice you've ever received? I was taking a class with Marci Phillips from ABC Casting and she said to us that when we don't book jobs that we want we have to stop saying/thinking "that was my part, that person has my part," because if it was your part you would have gotten it. I think if actors aren't careful the bitterness and resentment can start building up pretty quickly and you just have to squash it from the get go. If it's your part, you will get it. And never hate on another actor for getting it. They're just doing their job.
6. Favorite place to rehearse/practice on your own? My living room. Although, it's definitely not my neighbors' favorite place for me to practice.
7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Doing 8 shows a week of a show where you have to run around a lot. Or, I LOVE a good dance party. I need to be tricked into exercise. It's like feeding a child vegetables and pretending the spoon is an airplane. Distract me enough and I'll be happy to break a sweat but the thought of going to the gym and getting on a treadmill makes me want to cry.
8. Favorite skin care product? I use some fancy French milk soap thing that I don't even know the name of. My mom gets it in Philadelphia and then gives it to me in bulk. But that's it. Soap and water baby.
9. Favorite website? Oh how I wish my answer was some obscure artsy blog that no one had ever heard of, but sadly, I am a gossip junkie and can waste some serious time on thesuperficial.com. It's pathetic but every girl needs a vice. I had quit for a while but then I did the national tour of "In the Heights" and I played Carla. I decided it would be funny if every night in the salon I gave the woman who played Daniella a new piece of celebrity gossip. I would have to read all the gossip blogs every day before the show to find the perfect one. It got a little tricky on two show days. But it definitely rekindled my love affair with trashy websites. I've also been known to stay up late into the wee hours watching the most random youtube videos. Have you seen the kid that conducts a symphony in his living room? I want to adopt him.
10. Superman or Wonder Woman? I feel like I have to abandon my feminist roots here and say Superman. I'm sure I would like Wonder Woman just fine I just literally have no idea what she does and would feel like a liar if I chose her just because she is a chick.
11. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? I don't! I have no special skills! Only the ones that I openly display in exchange for money.
12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Ryan. Gosling. The end.