A native New Yorker and first generation American, Luba Mason spent her early youth devoted to training in classical voice, piano, and dance. The training paid off with her early acceptance to Circle in the Square Theatre School and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, straight out of school, Luba was plucked by Tommy Tune to sing and dance on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning, "The Will Roger's Follies."
She went on to impress director Trevor Nunn, who cast her in the American premiere of "Sunset Blvd;" but it was director/impresario Des McAnuff who placed Luba front and center as sex bomb "Hedy LaRue" next to Matthew Broderick's "J. Pierpont Finch" in the celebrated Broadway revival of "How To Succeed In Business...." A featured role in Paul Simon's "The Capeman" preceded Luba's return to center stage as she starred in the Broadway production of "Jekyll & Hyde" and then, as "Velma Kelly" opposite Brooke Shields' "Roxy Hart" in the smash musical, "Chicago."
Tapped by Ruben Blades (her cast mate in "The Capeman") as a guest vocalist for his 2003 Grammy Award-winning CD MUNDO, Luba's seamless segue from the New York stage to the Hollywood scene gave her the chance to tackle dramatic roles in guest-starring parts on "Law & Order," "NYPD Blue," "All My Children," and opposite Jeff Goldblum in the psychic detective series, "Raines."
No stranger to the nightclub circuit, Luba completed her "Krazy Love Tour" with sold-out shows at LA's famed Catalina Bar & Grill, Yoshi's in Oakland, Blue Note in N.Y., Blues Alley in DC, World Cafe in Philadelphia and the Regatta Bar in Boston. She has also headlined at Vibrato and the Cinegrill in LA, Feinstein's at Loews Regency, Birdland, B.B.Kings and The Metropolitan Room in N.Y., and was featured at both the 2009 Panama Jazz Festival and Costa Rica's International Music Festival.
Now, Luba returns to the NY Stage in "Who Murdered Love?," directed by Lissa Moira in the 2012 NYC International Fringe Festival from August 10-25 at The Players Theatre. "Who Murdered Love?" is set in 1924 NYC and in a Paris dreamscape. Private eye, "Sleepy" Sam Speed, Gail Friday and Everett Greene, hired by stunning heiress Honey Potts, attempt to unravel the disappearance and possible murder of renowned artist DaDa Love.
"Who Murdered Love?" plays at The Players Theatre (115 MacDougal Street). For tickets, click on the date you want to see the show. Friday, August 10 at 9:15pm, Thursday, August 16 at 2pm, Sunday, August 19 at 2:30pm, Wednesday, August 22 at 7:15pm, Saturday, August 25 at 5:30pm.
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? Being a classical pianist since the age of 5, I performed in recitals at the end of each year. It was at these recitals that I realized I loved to perform for people and I was really good at something. Later on, when I was 9, I saw my first Broadway show "THE MAGIC SHOW" and knew right then and there that's what I wanted to do.
2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? I wear two hats here: on Broadway - Lin Manuel Miranda, in my solo singing music career - Bill Charlap.
3. What attracted you to "Who Murdered Love"? The bohemian feel, poetic writing style and the role.
4. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing the show? That's a tough question because you can take away many different messages. I guess what I get from working on the piece is that all these characters in this art community should support each other as opposed to trying to bring each other down. The "art" in the show symbolizes love and that is the goal that everyone SHOULD be working towards.
5. What do you identify most with about your character? My character, "Countess Analise," is very over the top and looney, which is very freeing to play, and I love utilizing this part of me.
6. What excites you most about being part of the NYC International Fringe Festival? That I'm a Fringe virgin.
7. In addition to performing, you are a successful recording artist. What do you get from your recording career that you do not get from your theatrical endeavors? My recording career focuses primarily on the music aspect, which allows me to branch out in genres like world music, jazz, and classical, which I never explored in theater. This also led me to write my own music and lyrics and create my own shows.
8. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? That I need to do it. To perform, to create, is who I am.
9. What's the best advice you've ever received? That if you've done your best, nothing else matters. Not bad reviews or rejections or even successes. This business is fickle and one needs to be grounded to stay the course.
10. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My cat.
11. Favorite way to spend your day off? Sleep late, big breakfast, and then stroll around downtown w/my husband.
12. Favorite way to stay in shape? Riding my bike to my folks in Edgewater, NJ, which involves taking the ferry.
13. Favorite skin care product? Anything that says Origins.
14. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Eternal youth.