The very first time I saw Carol Linnea Johnson in a show was in 2001 during the Broadway run of "The Full Monty." Carol not only has stage presence, but the acting and vocal talent to back-up the reason I became an instant fan. I also had the pleasure of seeing Carol in "Mamma Mia" on Broadway before she headed out to Vegas to play the role of "Donna." In addition to Broadway and Vegas, Carol has performed around in the country in regional productions of "Private Lives," "39 Steps," "12th Night," "As Bees...," "Hay Fever," and "Bedroom Farce." While in Las Vegas, Carol recorded and released her debut CD "Hot Club of Las Vegas featuring the vocals of Carol Linnea Johnson" which is a modern take on gypsy jazz is available at CD Baby and iTunes.
Now Carol is back in New York dazzling audiences in the new Off-Broadway musical "I Married Wyatt Earp," directed by fellow "Adaumbelle's Quest" Cara Reichel at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street) through June 12! Click here for tickets!
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? I was obsessed with Steve Martin. I wasn't allowed to watch Saturday Night Live because it was on too late and, well, I was only 7 years old. Thankfully, Billy Brandt's parents were way cooler than mine and we would watch recorded episodes on his Betamax (that's right. Betamax) Anywhoo, I would perform the "I am a wild and crazy guy" opening monologue for anyone who would watch me. Needless to say, I was no longer allowed to go over to Billy's house after that.
2. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? I would really like to work with Lisa Brescia. She is such an incredible person and a soulful performer. Plus, we look so much alike that we could do Parent Trap II; The Later Years....
3. What attracted you to "I Married Wyatt Earp" and what is your favorite part of the show? The story is amazing and I loved the idea of an all female cast. Add Michele and Sheila's music into the mix and it was an irresistible project!
4. What is your favorite part of the rehearsal/preview period in a show? I am a big fan of beginnings. I love the first read/sing through when you are just getting to know everyone and everything seems possible.
5. Favorite place to rehearse/practice on your own? I do love those 42nd St Studios. All those windows! All that light! Plus, the view out the windows is so unique to this city that you are reminded that you are a WORKING ACTOR IN NYC!! There is no better feeling than that.
6. Favorite way to spend your day off? We just moved back to New York in September so we try and explore the city as a family. We took out a rowboat last week in Central Park. Then my husband, Don Burroughs, and I watched our daughter play on the Alice in Wonderland statue. We are so happy to be back!!!
7. Favorite way to stay in shape? When I lived in Las Vegas I was really into lifting weights, kickboxing class, cross training at the track-I was hard core. I have been so busy since we moved back to NYC that my exercise program now consists of running the subway stairs to catch the 7 train.
8. Favorite skin care product? I have used La Mer and I have used Nivea. But I find drinking water and adding fish into my diet makes the biggest difference in the quality of my skin. That and my Clarisonic brush. I do love that Clarisonic...
9. Favorite website? Does Facebook count as a website? I do love me some facebook....
10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman! I love that black hair and blue eye combo.
11. What is the best advice you've ever received? A voice teacher of mine (who was also a big fan of Carl Jung) told me never to ignore my "shadow self" when going to a big audition. He suggested that after you had gotten a good nights sleep, warmed-up, and responsibly prepped all your material it was important to do something a little "bad" to balance yourself out before walking into the audition room. He suggested finding a secluded corner and swearing like sailor or taking your sweatshirt and hitting the wall with it. I am telling you- people may think you are a crazy person but it works like a charm when you are nutting up like a squirrel and need to relax.