The Story of the Louises
Sometimes life presents the most amazing coincidences, and this is definitely one of them.
Of all the shows I’ve done, there are three that stand out as my all-time favorites.
The first was “Gypsy”. The first time I was in it, I was 8-years old. It was that show that made me fall in love with musicals. To this day, it’s my all-time favorite. As an aside, at the time, I had a so-called “lazy eye” and had to wear an eye patch. Like any little girl, I was self-conscious and nervous about it. But my sweet angel of a mother made me a special patch of green velvet with sequins. Not only did it make me feel like a star, but all the other kinds ended up wanting one! But I digress.
The next production of “Gypsy” I was in I played Giselle Mackenzie’s daughter, a young Gypsy Rose Lee, named Louise.
Then, in 1975, I was again cast in another terrific production of “Gypsy”. This time, as Big Louise.
A year later, I was fortunate enough to be cast in an amazing production of “The Fantasticks” co-starring with Ed Ames. My role? Louisa.
And now this. “Always…Patsy Cline”. And who am I playing? You’re ahead of me.
Einstein said that coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.
Well, nice work up there, but you can’t fool me.