South Florida – Lindsey Alley gives BroadwayGlobal an exclusive look behind the scenes as a Mouseketeer and her brand new show, Blood Sweat and Mouseketears pesented at Aventura Arts and Cultural Center for two nights only January 18, 2013 and January19, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $34.50 to purchase visit www.aventuracenter.org.
Performing in theatre, television and film since the age of six, Lindsey was cast as a Mouseketeer on the Disney Channel’s All New Mickey Mouse Club, alongside Keri Russell, Ryan Gosling, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears.
Since the show, Lindsey has appeared on stage and in movies such as Bedtime Stories (with Adam Sandler and Keri Russell), Company Retreat (directed by Campbell Scott), B.L. Stryker (with Burt Reynolds and Ossie Davis), Roller Jam, and The E! True Hollywood Story: Mickey Mouse Club.
But, Alley’s Disney roots are never far from her sharp wit and beautiful voice. Featuring music from the Disney songbook and accompanied by renowned Cabaret Pianist Rick Leonard, Lindsey Alley “engages the audience and proves she is a force to be reckoned with!” says Broadway World.
For the perfect date night, girls night out or group outing, don’t miss the lovely and talented Ms. Alley belt out classic Disney songs from “When You Wish Upon a Star” to new favorites like “Part of Your World” and “Go the Distance” while sharing stories about her quest for the elusive “happily ever after
Alley is a terrific vocalist and her autobiographical show is sweet, and winsome!” — NYTheatre.com “Sassy, saucy and sexy…and that’s just in the first five minutes” quotes Time Out entertainment guide about actress, singer and comedienne Lindsey Alley’s delightful one woman show. Following her satirically titled night club act “Lindsey Who?,” this autobiographical new production plays off her Disney roots and shows why she’s being called “a master of comedy and music.”
How did the Blood Sweat and Mouseketears come about? “My dear pals, David Sexton and Rick Leonard, approached me about creating a show based on my experiences as a Mouseketeer. Actually, David had the title before we had the act. Rick and I had worked together for years, so we already had a great deal of material. However, David thought it would be cool to expound on the Mickey Mouse Club stuff…using music from the Disney songbook to tie my stories together. The three of us have had a ball creating this brand new show.”
What is the Blood Sweat and Mouseketears about? “Basically, it’s a little snapshot of my life from my days as a Mouseketeer on the All New Mickey Mouse Club…right up to the present moment. Through Disney tunes (as well as other novelty numbers) and stories, I share my experiences as a child actor and the struggles I’ve faced making the transition to adult actor. And there have been many struggles! But…there’s a great deal of comedy in pain, so we’re airing all the dirty Disney laundry.”
Have you ever performed in South Florida before? “I grew up in Lakeland, so I’ve been performing in Florida all my life. I got my start at the Mark I Dinner Theatre in Lakeland, Florida…worked at the Burt Reynolds Theatre in Jupiter and continued to play various theatres around the state. Last year, I performed my Christmas Show, Keeping Santa Busy to sold-out houses at the Polk Theatre. Granted…the Polk Theatre is in Lakeland, so the hometown troops came out to support. Florida is home and I jump at any chance to perform in my home state.”
What was the best thing and the worst thing about being a Mousketeer? “Well, the best thing was the experience as a whole. I got a very early education in show business. I worked with some amazing directors, writers, actors and got to do things that most ten-year olds would never even dream of. I was super lucky. The worst thing? I don’t think there was a worst thing. Except maybe forever being referred to as a Mouseketeer! It’s like the credit that just won’t die.”
Which Disney Princess do you most identify with and why? “Ariel. She wants! She wants to be a part of that other world where she can run and dance and fall in a love with a handsome prince…and she probably wants to start her own skincare line, too. I’m sure that part of the film is on the editing room floor. But, it’s true. We’re all wanting and searching all the time for that elusive happily-ever after. And most of the time, it’s right under our noses.”
What is your favorite non-princess Disney character and why? “Hmmm…tough one, as there are so many Fabulous Disney characters. I love Gaston…mainly because I’ve dated so many men like him. But I also love Ariel’s pal, Sebastian and those rotten step-sisters in Cinderella. I’m a big fan of characters.”
Special thanks to Lindsey Alley for sharing a bit of Blood Sweat and Mouseketears, but if you really want the dirt behind Disney and a chance to hear some of the best songs ever written, you need to go to the show at Aventura Arts and Cultural Center for two nights only. January 18, 2013 and January19, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $34.50 to purchase visit www.aventuracenter.org.
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