Call Me Adam once again chats with actress and singer Emily Bergl about her brand new cabaret show at 54 Below, Til I Get It Right, which exposes the lengths we go to in our search for love and what we do when we don’t find it, or even more frightening, when we do.
Til I Get It Right plays June 10, 13, and 14 at 54 Below (254 West 54th Street, between Broadway & 8th Avenue). Click here for tickets!
1. On June 10, 13, 14 you are bringing your brand new show Til I Get It Right to 54 Below. What made you want bring this show to 54 Below? It's one of the few places where I actually like the food! I've always found my experience as an audience member there so welcoming, and I'd like to give that to my fans as well. Plus their programming is so diverse. I don't have to worry about being too edgy for the crowd and they will also appreciate some of the older music that I love so much.
3. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing the show? "I loved those songs and I never really listened to some of those lyrics before tonight."
4. What music influenced you for the creation of this show? I think like most modern music listeners, my taste is very eclectic. The foundation of my show is cabaret classics from the likes of Irving Berlin or Noel Coward, but I think that other great songs should be given the cabaret treatment too. We've got some Blondie, some Tracey Chapman, some Billy Joel, and of course some Britney.
5. Since Til I Get It Right takes us on a journey of lengths we go to in our search for love, what lengths have you gone through to find love? What have you learned about yourself from this journey? This show taught me a lot. When I was developing it I was in a relationship, and I thought that I'd finally do a really happy and sweet show because I was so in love. I ended up choosing some pretty dark songs, and I kept wondering why. Turns out the song choices were prophetic, or my subconscious speaking to me. But I'll never learn and I hope I don't. Love is an act of utterly foolish bravado.
6. What was your favorite part of the photo shoot for this show? I love the picture of you on the subway. Well I love working with Michael Creagh because we went to grade school together in Chicago. My favorite part was when we were shooting outside my local deli and the garbage truck driver called out "nice dress." We ended up doing a picture of me hanging off the garbage truck in a ball gown.
8. How have your cabaret shows and singing grown over the past few years? What are you stronger with now than when you first started? What do you feel you still want to improve on? I had no idea WHAT I was doing in the beginning, which I think was also a strength of sorts because it allowed me to not follow some of the more predictable aspects of cabaret shows which aren't that interesting to me. I've been working a lot on my voice, which is stronger but definitely always a work in progress. I've learned that the show isn't really about you - you just have to make people think that it is.
9. If you had to give one reason as to why someone should come see Til I Get It Right, what would that reason be? You won't know what to expect and you will be thoroughly entertained.
10. In addition to cabaret, you continue to work in television and theatre. Of the current shows running in both mediums, are there any you would love to be a part of? What cabaret singer wouldn't want to play Sally Bowles?
11. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? The ability to wash my face at night without having to get up and go to the sink.
Emily Bergl burst onto the cabaret scene in 2011 with her debut hit show "Kidding on the Square" in the historic Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel. She received rave reviews from The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News, and was crowned "A Harlow for the New Era" by Stephen Holden of the The New York Times. For her next show she headlined at the legendary Cafe Carlyle, receiving a Nightlife Award for Best Musical Comedy Performer. Ms. Bergl, who has since toured the country with her shows, is heralded for her unique "nouveau cabaret" style in which she blends classics from the Great American Songbook with rock and roll hits and pop favorites.
Ms. Bergl currently stars as "Sammi," daughter to William H. Macy, on the Showtime dramedy Shameless. She is also well known as the tragic housewife "Beth Young" on ABC's Desperate Housewives, the eccentric cop's wife "Tammi" on TNT's Southland, and the whimsical "Annie' on ABC's Men In Trees, as well as guest appearances on numerous television shows. She most recently appeared on Broadway last year opposite Scarlett Johansson in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, and as the female lead in The Comedy of Errors at the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park. She also starred in three other Broadway shows as well as numerous productions Off-Broadway and throughout the country. Ms. Bergl appeared in numerous films and was introduced to the industry in her debut starring role in The Rage: Carrie 2. She can be seen this summer in Steven Soderbergh's new series for HBO The Knick.
Til I Get It Right is Ms. Bergl's third and newest show.