Interview with THE WIZARD of OZ’s Jacquelyn Piro Donovan

wizard_TD_44_of_78Before Andrew Loyld Webber’s The Wizard of Oz lands at the Ordway for a four-week run, I had the chance to interview Jacquelyn Piro Donovan who portrays the Wicked Witch of the West.

Aside from portraying one of the most iconic characters in entertainment in this production, Jacquelyn also has the distiction of being the only actor to portray both Cossette and Fantine in the original Broadway production of Les Miserables.

How did you first become interested in theatre?

Basically, I came out of my mother and screamed I wanted to be an actor!  I always knew.

What made you decide to pursue theatre as a career and not just stand in the wings as a fan?

I’m the youngest, so I was always trying to get my family’s attention.  Also, I’m too loud to be a bystander!

You are currently playing the Wicked Witch of the West, one of the most iconic figures in movie history. What can we expect to learn about her from not only your portrayal of her, but from this production?

We all know how menacing she is, but in this production, Andrew Lloyd Webber and director Jeremy Sams have made her a bit sexy!  It’s very fun.

This production is based on the movie The Wizard of Oz, but also has some additional songs added. What can we expect to see from this show?

One of the 4 additional songs is for my character and is called “Red Shoes Blues.”  It’s a lament about my obsession with power and THOSE SHOES!

What is tour life like? What do you like and dislike about it?

I love seeing family across the country.  I hate leaving my hubby at home!

You have acted in many Broadway, off-Broadway and touring productions. What has been your favorite show? And why?

It’s difficult to say. I have been a very lucky girl.  Seven Brides for Seven Brothers was one of my all time favorites and obviously Les Miz.

What piece of advice would you give to someone looking to make a career in theatre?

Train, train, train!  I have my BFA in acting from Boston University.

For more information on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz or to purchase tickets visti the Ordway’s website.

Photo Credit: Tom Donoghue/Donoghue Photography

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