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42nd Street Gypsy
Amy Dolan has been a gypsy since the age of 4 when she performed "On The Good Ship
Lollipop" in a Long Beach community theater production. The native Long Islander is realizing her
life-long pursuit of an opening night on Broadway. As Ethel O'Brien, and covering Anytime Annie and
Maggie, Amy is in the chorus of 42nd Street which is currently in previews at the Ford
Center and has an official opening night of May 2nd. Dolan has a long association with this
musical, from a high school production, to a European tour, and now, finally, Broadway.
From high school to Broadway was a long and arduous road. Dolan has been constantly performing
in Regional Theaters across the country for years, including appearances on television and also
in the recording studios. And she's no stranger to Broadway either, she got her first break
in Hal Prince's Showboat as an understudy and performer. Then there was Grease
and a stint in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
She's a smart cookie too! Like most actresses today, she realized that a good education
is a must. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Fordham University College at Lincoln Center;
her major was musical theater, of course. In her spare time (what's that?) she became a fully
licensed stock broker, and has recently formed her own production company, Midtown Productions,
which specializes in corporate entertainment where she creates shows that promote a
particular product or corporate event. However, Broadway is her first love.
Her very proud papa, Woody, says, "To tell you the truth I would never encourage anyone to go into
show business. As a father, I never really had an influence on her career, this is what she
wanted to do since age 4. And then it was just get out of the way. I think that this is
why people succeed, it takes tremendous effort. I always said that with the effort she
has put in she could have been the first person on the moon."
When asked about the Internet rumors about backstage rumblings Amy comments that, "Mark
(Bramble, Director) has given us all an opportunity to be in a great
show, but to achieve success, there is a lot of hard work. We have worked very hard to
try to create real characters, more than any other show I've been involved in. And due
to that hard work and long hours we have developed a family atmosphere and have a
great deal of mutual respect for each other."
Amy may only be in the chorus, but those ensemble members are the real stars
of 42nd Street.
Break a leg, Amy and gang. You deserve it!
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