Megan Sikora is yet another performer on the rise! On Broadway, Megan starred beside Tony Award Winners Sutton Foster and Harriet Harris, and Tony Award Nominee Gavin Creel in "Thoroughly Modern Millie," Daniel Radcliffe, Tony Award Winner John Larroquette, and fellow "Adaumbelle's Quest" participant Charlie Williams in the revival of "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying," Tony and Emmy Award Winner Kristin Chenoweth and Emmy Award Winner Sean Hayes in the revival of "Promises, Promises," as well as "Wicked," "Dracula," "Wonderful Town," and "42nd Street." Her Off-Broadaway and regional credits include "The Wild Party" (MTC), "Curtians" (LA Ovation Nomination), "Showboat" (Carnegie Hall), "Guys and Dolls," "White Christmas" (National Tour), and "Oklahoma" (Paper Mill Playhouse). Megan has also starred in HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" and "The Important Things With Dimitre Martin."
Megan can next be seen in a one night only concert version of the unproduced musical adaptation of "Gatsby" as part of the 2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival as she performs with fellow "Adaumbelle's Quest" participants Max Von Essen and Autumn Hurlbert! "Gatsby" is a world premiere concert inspired by the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, with a book by Tony Award Winner Hugh Wheeler ("Sweeney Todd," "A Little Night Music"), music by Grammy Award Nominee Lee Pockriss ("Ernest In Love," "Catch a Falling Star"), lyrics by Tony Award Nominee Carolyn Leigh ("Peter Pan," "Little Me"), and directed by UnsungMusicalsCo artistic director Ben West. "Gatsby" will play Friday, September 30 at 7pm and 10pm at Peter Norton Space in NYC (555 West 42nd Street, between 10th & 11th Avenue). Click here for tickets: 7pm, 10pm
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? I would have to say my dance teacher growing up, "Miss Christine." She was always so supportive and encouraged us to express ourselves however we needed; no judgment.
2. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? I have been so fortunate to work with amazing people in my career and there are a ton of people I'd love to work with. I think you can never stop learning and one of the best ways is by watching your coworkers. Susan Stroman would be my immediate answer though. I have had the pleasure of auditioning for her but never the chance to work and create with her. I respect her for being a dancer and a woman in this male dominated business.
3. What attracted you to "Gatsby" and what excites you most about performing in NYMF? I was approached to play the part of "Myrtle" in "Gatsby" and immediately said yes. It is a time period I am drawn to (I've done a number of shows that take place in the 20's) and I have always loved the book. This is my second time performing in NYMF and I think it is an incredible opportunity for new directors, play writes, composers, and choreographers to show their work in a New York setting without going broke. As an actor it is a chance to meet these newcomers, and some vets, and to be creative in a safe setting.
4. What has been the best part about working with Max Von Essen and Autumn Hurlbert and what have you learned from working with them? I've known Max socially for a while and I just met Autumn 2 days ago. They are both lovely talented people who share my relaxed attitude about the rehearsal process (we enjoy a laugh). I look forward to what I have to learn from them in the coming days.
5. What is your favorite part of the preview/rehearsal period in a show? On a new show it's when big changes get thrown in. It's so exhilarating and terrifying to do it for the first time in front of an audience, especially when you just learned it that afternoon. You never know what will happen! On a revival or regional production, it's the day the orchestra joins the company and all the elements come together to create a full show.
5a. Where is your favorite place to practice/rehearse on yor own? In my voice teacher's studio while she's telling me what to do! For choreography, it's in the wings.
6. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? That I know nothing and that's OK.
7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Yoga and Physique 57.
8. Favorite skin care product? My vegan diet. Favorite kind of shoes? Anything comfortable with somewhat of a heel (my husband is 6'4").
9. Favorite website? Anything with funny cat clips.
10. "Glinda" or "Elphaba"? Even though she's a bitch, I'm partial to Glinda since I've had the pleasure of playing her.
11. What's the best advice you've ever received? You can't create anything more interesting than what you already are.
12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My husband, Barrett Martin.
13. You starred in one of my all time favorite musicals, "Thoroughly Modern Millie." What was the best part about performing in that show? Doing a scene with Harriet Harris every night and making her laugh.