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Thursday, 17 March, 2011 2:23 AM
Cathryn Basile to star in 'Les Misérables' at Detroit's Fisher Theatre
DETROIT -- Cathryn Basile earned a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree from the University of Michigan. Her first theatrical performance was a regional production of Footloose. Then, she went on to act in the national tour of Mamma Mia as an understudy to Sophie. Later on, Basile had roles in The Little Mermaid and Spelling Bee on Broadway. Now, she will be one of the actors in the ensemble for Les Misérables and will also act as an understudy for Cosette. It opens at Detroit's historic Fisher Theatre on March 22 and runs through April 3.
Can you tell me a little about how you got started in the acting business?
"I grew up in Staten Island, New York and I grew up going to lots of Broadway shows with my parents," Basile said in an exclusive phone interview. "I was a part of community theater in my area as well as my high school shows. When it was time for college, I auditioned for different musical theater programs across the country and I found myself going to the University of Michigan where I majored in musical theater. I received a B.F.A. in musical theatre. From there, I've been lucky enough to be working actor in New York with national tours. Now I'm out on the road with Les Miz."
Please tell me a little bit about Les Misérables for those who may not know much about it.
"It's actually the 25th anniversary production of Les Misérables," she explained. "It's a musical that is based on the Victor Hugo book. It's a story that everyone can relate to about a man who tries to do something good for his family and follows his life story. It's a battle that he has to deal with."
What is your role going to be in the musical Les Misérables?
"I'm in the ensemble, so I'm going to be in a couple of different parts," the actress added. "You'll see me throughout the entire show. At times, I play a worker in a factory, I play a prostitute, I play a crazy woman on the street"
How does it feel to come back home since you attended the University of Michigan?
"It's great, I graduated in 2004," Basile said. "I only came back for about 24 hours to the University of Michigan. We did a concert that showcased the 25th anniversary of the program. The head of the department arranged to have a concert of all the different graduates. It was great. It was the year before last year. I'm really excited to come back to the area, visit Ann Arbor and see professors that I haven't seen in a while."
Will this be your first time performing in the Motor City?
"I toured through there with Mamma Mia, which was my first job after college in 2005."
I understand you also had roles in Spelling Bee, Footloose, and Mamma Mia. Which was your favorite and why?
"Well, I had a great time doing everything," she explained. "I guess Spelling Bee was a great, great job that I had because it was my first Broadway show. It was such a great theater. It was something that everyone loves although I feel the same way with Little Mermaid, which was my first original company. It was great to be a part of something from the very beginning and see how the show is built from the beginning to the end."
What is your advice to students who are looking to break into the industry?
"It would just be to follow your dreams and if your dreams is to work in the industry, then you just have to be dedicated, disciplined and just practice your skill," the actress added. "You just have to really be well-rounded in life as well. Take a psychology class and understand the way people live and why they act the way they do. It's a difficult life, but it is also a rewarding life. Everyone who works and is a part of it is very, very lucky to be there. But it is not easy and all fun and games as it seems."
What's next for you after Les Misérables is over?
"Oh, I'm not sure yet," Basile said. "That should be determined, I don't know, soon. We'll see. Whatever's next."
Ticket prices for the Detroit engagement of Les Misérables start at $39.00 (inclusive of parking and facility fee) and are now on sale at the Fisher Theatre box office and all Ticketmaster locations. Tickets are also available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.BroadwayinDetroit.com, and by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-982-2787. Limited premium seats are available at the box office only. For group sales (12 or more), please call (313) 871-1132 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information, call (313) 872-1000 or visit www.BroadwayinDetroit.com.
Photo credit: Deen van Meer
"Lovely Ladies" Company of the New New 25th Anniversary of Les Misérables.
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