It's been five years since Lindsay Mendez & I got to chat, so it's great to finally catch up with her and find out what's been happening! First and foremost, we talk about her upcoming concert at Feinstein's/54 Below from Sepetmeber 12-16, highlighting the Golden Age of Broadway. We also discuss life changes, Broadway, and the one thing Lindsay has not spoken about in any other interview....
Lindsday Mendez will be performing at Feinstein's/54 Below from September 12-16. Click here for tickets!
1. I can't believe it's been five years since we last spoke! It was 2012 and you were starring in Pasek & Paul's Dogfight. What do you feel has been the biggest change for you or in you during these last five years? I know!!! So wild! And so happy to be back! The biggest change in the last 5 years is probably my new marriage! I am married to an amazing man named Philip Wakefield now…and my marriage and our little family is a big focus for me and what I am working for.
2. However, I did get to see you in Significant Other in 2016 which I loved. It was like watching my own life of dating unravel before my eyes. What did you relate to most about your character and that story? Well, I saw myself so much in this story…both in the character I played AND in Gideon’s character from my single days. I think I related most to that feeling of change and growth in friendship…and how it can be really painful when people are growing at different rates than you are. I went through that a lot when I first moved to New York and all of my friends from home were settling down...and it still felt very palpable to me when I played this role this time around.
3. This September you are returning to Feinstein's/54 Below with an all new solo show performing songs from the golden age of Broadway, beloved tunes from your collaborations with current musical theatre writers, and more! My first question right away is, what is the more? HAHA. I’d say the "more" are selections of random FAVORITE artists of mine that may or may NOT be Musical Theatre artists. Fans that know me know that I am also a folk music fan…and if they come to see my show…they will DEFINITELY get to hear some great folk tunes that evening as well.
4. What is it about the Golden Age of Broadway that made you want to create a show around that time? The first music I fell in love with as a child was Rodger’s and Hammerstein and MGM Judy Garland movies…that material was exactly why I wanted to do this for a living. And when I think of Cabaret, I think of exposing the audience to your own personal style, taste, and journey…so this felt like the right time for me to express and explore my love for the art form THROUGH the stuff that got me started.
5. If you could have been in any show during the Golden Age of Broadway, which show or shows, would you have liked to be part of? OH MAN!!! SOOO MANY! Meet Me In St. Louis, Bell’s Are Ringing, High Spirits, Oklahoma, Flora The Red Menace……dare I go on? You don’t have enough cyber space!
6. What do you like most about performing at Feinstein's/54 Below? I absolutely LOVE the atmosphere there. The audiences are all so warm, kind and appreciative. And the staff is just lovely to work with, always. And, that venue is so iconic, and beautiful. It just feels like home to me. And it feels like what I always dreamt cabaret would feel like…it’s that exact feeling. Like the PERFECT….jacuzzi??? Warm, welcoming, life-changing. (Is that too much?)
7. Which musical theatre writers songs will you be singing? What is it about them that makes you want to perform their music? I am going to be singing some Marvin Hamlisch, Stephen Schwartz, Pasek and Paul, and Ryan Scott Oliver. I have a nice long history with all of these composers…and singing their work feels like an extension of them that I am excited and honored to get to present. These are all people I love (or loved), and I couldn’t perform a night without having them be up on that stage with me.
8. Which writers do you want to work with that you haven't already? OH my! There are so many! I love collaborating with anyone who wants to write and work…so I don’t feel like I can name anyone specifically. I am OPEN and always excited to attack new work!
9. What is something you can tell us about Lindsay Mendez that you haven't revealed in another interview before? Hmmmmm….I love clothes???? Shopping is like, the biggest release and relaxation exercise for me. I LOVE getting to shop around and try stuff on…even if I don’t end up buying anything…it’s just something I used to do with my mom that always makes me feel happy and energized.
10. On "Call Me Adam" I have a section called One Percent Better, where through my own fitness commitment, I try to encourage people to improve their own life by one percent every day. What is something in your life that you want to improve by one percent better every day? Oh! I love this! Okay…one thing I would love to improve everyday is committing time “for myself…” where I am not booked up all day everyday and never have a moment for me to just, read, exercise, walk my dog, or hang out and watch tv...that is something I would love to get better at.
Lindsay Mendez is a gifted singer and actress who has appeared in numerous Broadway shows including Grease, Everyday Rapture, and Godspell. In her most recent Broadway musical engagement, Lindsay took flight with the role of "Elphaba" in Wicked. Lindsay is celebrated for her star turn in Pasek & Paul’s Dogfight, which premiered at Second Stage Theater in 2012, where she earned Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama League Awards nominations.