The Philosopher – sung by Emily Skinner

Episode #14: Well, it was only a matter of time before I dragged my friend Emily Skinner onto this podcast. Emily has all my favorite actor-ingredients: a boundless and beautiful voice, a major sense of humor, fearlessness, creativity, intelligence, and above all, a ton of heart. She’s given some of the most memorable performances on Broadway in recent years: Vicki in The Full Monty, Mary Jane in The Dead, Kitty in Lincon Center’s production of Dinner at Eight, and of course, as Siamese twin, Daisy Hilton, in Side Show, a performance which earned her a Tony nomination for Best Actress.

This doesn’t even touch on her appearances Off-Broadway, at the Kennedy Center, in the Encores Series productions, and at various regional theatres across the land. And she always manages to deliver a show-stopping or heart-breaking or gut-busting or all-of-the-above performance. I’m so excited to feature her on this podcast singing “The Philosopher,”, my setting of the Edna St. Vincent Millay poem of the same name. Recorded 3/14/06.

Need more Emily Skinner in your diet? Go see her at the 92nd Street Y from April 8-10 in the concert, Other People’s Lyrics. Or take a trip to DC in June for what promises to be a great Mame, with Emily as “Gooch.”

Or maybe you need some CDs! There’s her solo CD, Emily Skinner, there are her duet CDs with Side Show co-star, Alice Ripley: Duets and Unsuspecting Hearts, as well as performances on the following show/concert CDs: Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens, Dreamgirls in Concert, and My Life with Albertine.

But wait! There’s more! She directs: Broadway by the Year – 1956 on April 3, tickets at Ticketmaster. And she’s narrated a book on tape! Jennifer Weiner’s Goodnight, Nobody. You can listen to it as you’re driving to DC to see Mame!

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