Analise Scarpaci is part of the original Broadway cast of Mrs. Doubtfire playing Lydia Hillard and, with her time in the show so far, she has performed with the cast on Good Morning America. The musical is currently on hiatus and Analise is set to reprise her role of Lydia when Mrs. Doubtfire reopens at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on March 15th. Amongst her theatre credits, Analise has previously appeared in the Broadway shows of Matilda and A Christmas Story, and she is set to graduate this year with a Bachelor’s Degree in musical theatre. Alongside acting, Analise is also a singer-songwriter, and released her debut EP Pathetic Little Dreamer in December 2021. Answering our questions, Analise tells us about being in the original Broadway cast of Mrs. Doubtfire, performing as Lydia Hillard and her recent EP release Pathetic Little Dreamer.
You are in the original Broadway cast of Mrs. Doubtfire as Lydia Hillard, can you tell us about your character and what is she like to play?
Lydia is the oldest child of Daniel and Miranda Hillard. She’s 15 years old and all she wants is for her siblings and her parents to be okay. I believe she is the moral compass of her family, always guiding the adults in her life, especially Daniel.
How familiar were you with the Robin Williams film before auditioning for the musical?
Extremely! It’s actually one of my favourite movies! My dad and I used to watch it all the time!
Do you remember how you felt booking the role and what is it like working with the rest of the cast?
When you’re a child actor, the first role you book as an adult is something so monumental. You feel like you’ve broken a mold and finally gained some acceptance for who you are as this newly grown artist. When I booked Mrs. Doubtfire, I cried tears of joy, but also tears of relief that I actually could pursue this career as an adult. The cast is amazing. I learn so much from each of them every day and it truly is an honour to be in their company.
Is there anything you are enjoying most about performing in the musical and playing the role of Lydia?
My favourite part about playing Lydia is that I’m growing with her. She becomes a part of me more and more each day and as she grows I grow too.
How was the experience performing with the musical on Good Morning America?
It was so much fun!! Singing at 4am in an empty Times Square is extremely exhilarating and I highly recommend it 😉.
With Mrs. Doubtfire currently on hiatus, performances are due to restart at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on March 15th, what are you looking forward to for getting back to performing in the show?
Not only am I looking forward to being with the rest of the company telling a story we love so much, but I’m very much looking forward to getting into a routine. I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve had consistency and I really miss it.
Why would you recommend booking tickets when the show reopens?
Mrs. Doubtfire is a story about what you would do for the people you love. It’s about the different kinds of families and who we call our family. It’s fun, hilarious, and full of vibrant dance numbers and energy, but you leave the theatre feeling so full in your heart. You cry from laughter, but you also cry from its warmth and, in my honest opinion, it’s the only show of its kind on Broadway. I think you should buy tickets right now!! Don’t wait!!
Can you say about some of the other theatre shows you’ve performed in which includes Matilda and your Broadway debut in A Christmas Story?
I’ve been very fortunate to have been in Broadway shows as a teenager, A Christmas Story and Matilda. Both of these shows were extremely magical experiences and they taught me so much about the theatre industry. I carry the lessons and friendships from these experiences with me every day.
What are some of your favourite theatre shows to watch and which would you like to see that you haven’t done so as yet?
My favourite musical is Billy Elliot. I’ll never forget watching that show for the first time and being completely speechless. I’m very excited to see the Broadway revival of The Music Man. I did a regional production when I was younger and it was one of the most unforgettable experiences.
We understand you are graduating this year with a Bachelor’s Degree in Musical Theatre, how has training been going?
Training’s been great! Definitely a lot of ups and downs, but such is life, haha.
In December 2021, you released your debut EP Pathetic Little Dreamer, can you tell us about it?
Pathetic Little Dreamer is an EP consisting of seven original songs written during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a mixture of pop/rock/singer-songwriter vibes. They saved my life so I hope they bring joy to others as well.
How long were you working on the EP and what was it like to write and record?
A lot of people ask me this… The songs kind of just came out of pure boredom. The pandemic was the first time I had nothing to do so I just started playing guitar and that turned into 33 songs. After choosing the seven which are on the album, I recorded them at home with my producer, Michael J. Moritz, and he truly helped me create some magic.
What is it like seeing the listeners’ response to your debut EP?
It’s really cool! I was petrified to release music because I was worried about how personal it really was, but I’m so glad that people are enjoying it. I wanted to show a different side of me that no one really knows and I believe I accomplished that.
Do you have any upcoming music plans you can tell us about?
I’d like to do some solo shows in NYC and I’m definitely going to continue releasing music in the future.
Where does your love of acting and music come from and how did you start in each?
My parents and Shirley Temple are to blame for that. I always loved to sing and dance and I always loved movie musicals. Everything kind of just stemmed from there. Musicals and ballet are really all I’ve ever known.
How do you like to spend your time away from your career?
Reading and spending time with my biggest supporters, my family and friends.
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