Lisa Howard is another rising performer who is a must see, especially when she sings! With a golden voice, Lisa knows how to belt out the tunes and wow her audience! I have witnessed Lisa's talent many times over the years, but when I saw Lisa perform at Birdland in NYC on April 11, 2011 for the release concert of her album, "Innocence and Experience: The Music of William Finn," she went above golden all the way to perfection! (Click here for my review)
Best known for originating the role of "Rona Lisa Peretti" in the Tony Award Nominated musical "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," Lisa has continued to dazzle audiences in the Tony Award Winning revival of "South Pacific" and Broadway's "9 to 5." When not on Broadway, Lisa can be found delighting audiences around the country at St. Louis MUNY (where she received her Equity card), Carousel Dinner Theatre, the Human Race Theatre Company, Olney Theatre Center and Barrington Stage Company. She was a member of the national touring company of "Les Misérables," in which she went on for many performances as "Madame Thénardier." Lisa also starred in the International Fringe Festival’s production of "Silence! The Musical" and next year will be making her feature film debut in the "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" as "Chavaughn" the Vampire.
Lisa's debut album "Songs of Innoncence and Experience: The Music of William Finn" is available now through Ghostlight Records and iTunes! For much more on Lisa be sure to visit http://www.lisahowardnyc.com!
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? It was one of those things where I listened to showtunes like "The Sound of Music," "Annie," and "Grease" over and over again and I just thought that would be so fun to do. Then I found out I could sing and it just kind of snowballed from there.
2. Who's the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? Bernadette Peters.
3. What's the highest and lowest note you can sing? When I played "Fosca" in "Passion," I had to sing a low E (I think it was) and I have sung a high D, well actually I've sung a high E before, but that is not pretty.
4. How did you come up with idea and song list for "Songs of Innocence and Experience: The Music of William Finn?" I spent a lot of time going through Bill's music. Bill writes amazing ballads, which gave me a plethora of those to choose from, but I spent a lot of time trying to find up-tempo songs and just songs that haven't been done a lot.
5. What's the best advice you've ever received? Just be yourself and if it was meant to happen it will happen.
6. Favorite place to rehearse/practice on your own? My kitchen, but my neighbors hate it.
7. Favorite way to spend your day off? Now, it's chilling with my son who is 10 months old, being mom, playing house.
8. Favorite skin care product? I've used so many over the years, but Mary Kay makes a great concealer and I do love Oil of Olay. Their line is really great.
9. Favorite website? I have no idea.
10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Superman.
11. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? Not really, but every once in a while I will whip something together in the kitchen that is amazing and I don't know how I did it because I never write anything down.
12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? This is going to make me sound like a religious freak, which I'm not, but it would be amazing to be able to dream about Jesus and have a conversation with him.