Alison Lory is a Broadway actress and singer who is on the rise. She's making her New York City solo concert debut in Distant Melody, directed by Will Nunziata and musical direction by Andy Roninson, on Wednesday, November 13 at The Laurie Beechman Theatre (407 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenue). Come hear Alison some of her favorite pop, folk, and Broadway songs as well as sharing humorous and poignant anecdotes from her life. For tickets call 212-695-6909!
For more on Lory be sure to visit http://www.alisonlory.com!
1. On November 13, you will be performing at The Laurie Beechman Theatre in your NYC solo concert debut called Distant Melody. What excites you about this upcoming show? I'm excited to share with the audience music that means a lot to me. It's been a great rehearsal process where I've been able to live inside the lyrics and discover how each and every song I am singing relates back to my life. This discovery has given the music a deeper experience for me, and one I hope the audience can relate to as well.
2. What does it mean to you to make your NYC concert debut at The Laurie Beechman Theatre? What does this venue offer you that another one might not? When I first came to NYC, I would go to the Laurie Beechman often to see friends' one-person concerts. The intimacy of the room excites me (and scares me!) because people will literally be in the palm of my hand. I mean hey, if I get hungry in the middle of the show, there's a mozarella stick only three feet away.
3. Why was now the right to make your solo concert debut? It's funny you should ask. I met my director, Will Nunziata, a year ago at a Christmas party. We were dancing around at 2am pretending we were Betty Comden & Adolph Green backstage during the 1985 Follies concert documentary. It was musical theatre love at first sight! Fast forward to only a month ago, when we bumped into one another by my apartment and while catching up, Will told me how he's really jumping into doing more directing, and I told him about my recent interest in putting together a one-woman show of my own. It was kismet!
4. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing your concert? I hope audiences come away with enjoying the songs and some of my anectdotes, and realize that in life, hope is never lost, dreams never die, and when life sometimes throws you curve balls, to quote Monty Python, "always look on the bright side of life."
5. What has been the best part about working with Will Nunziata as your director and Andy Roninson as your musical director? What have you learned from them? They have kept me from trying to do everything all at once. At first, I wanted the whole thing done in a day! Andy really had me focus on doing one song at a time, which allowed me to breathe and find each moment in the music. Will reminded me that "it's a marathon, not a sprint," which allowed me to really enjoy the "process." Both are so solid in their respective positions, and even more importantly, Will & Andy provided a "safe space" for me to be vulnerable, open & honest.
6. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? I think it's part genetic, part obsessive interest. My maternal great grandparents were vaudvillians and growing up, I felt most at "home" with the theater kids. I would memorize Playbills as if they were Baseball Cards! Mostly, I love the collaborative aspect of the theatre.
7. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? Wow, so many amazing people to choose from! The list is endless! But I do have to say that I would love to continue to work with many of the wonderful up and coming musical theater composers who are Broadway's next generation. Another dream of mine is to sing with Symphony Orchestras- to be able to sing with all of those lush instruments behind me would truly be a dream come true.
8. What's the best advice you've ever received? Keep it in perspective and always help others.
9. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? I've learned that I am simply a vessel in which to tell the story.
10. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? I would be the superhero of health. I would keep all my friends and family healthy. And if I could have one more super power it would be the ability to order free delivery of sushi anytime I wanted. Talk about heaven on earth!
Alison made her NYC debut in the Original Broadway Cast of the TONY Nominated musical, The Scarlet Pimpernel (1.0 & 2.0). Other venues include Town Hall, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, regional theaters and network television. Originally trained by the legendary Marni Nixon and the late Dodi Protero (Juilliard) as a lyric coloratura, she also has a firm grasp on the contemporary Pop/Country/Folk genre, having performed with luminary artists from Nashville and New York City. In addition to her theatrical work, she holds a Master’s Degree in High School Literacy from Fordham University. Alison dedicates all work to the Levy family.