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Holy cow, Milky White is pretty demanding, too
Last Edit: WaymanWong 01:43 pm EDT 08/23/19
Posted by: WaymanWong 01:41 pm EDT 08/23/19
In reply to: Sven is a physically demanding role - BillyD 11:33 am EDT 08/23/19

Or at least as designed by Susan Hilferty for the 2002 Broadway revival of ''Into the Woods.''

Kate Reinders and Jennifer Malenke were supposed to play the cow, but the physical stress proved to be too much.

Chad Kimball, originally cast as a cover for Jack and Rapunzel's Prince, then took over the scene-stealing role.

In an interview with The Sondheim Review, Chad told me: ''I was really hesistant to begin with. … [I thought] 'It's gonna hurt. It's gonna suck.' But once I got down on all fours and put the cow's head on, it was a blast, and I had so much fun.''

But it was physically taxing: ''I hold crutches to simulate the cow's front legs, and they're hooked up to a harness … all covered by a wrinkly cow suit. I balance on one hand and put the other one in Milky's head so I can make her eyes blink or her ears wiggle. … I try to balance all the limbs equally, but I was getting 'tennis elbow,' because of all of the pressure. It really hurt. I've been out with a ruptured tendon in my hand. … But they're very good about physical and massage therapy.''
Link Chad Kimball and Milky White in 'Into the Woods' (2002)
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