Spotlight On Christiane Noll

EF - How would you define success in terms of being an actress?

CN - Funny you should say that. [Pointing to a poem on her dressing room wall by Ralph Waldo Emerson]

To laugh often and much.

To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children.

To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the portrayal of false friends.

To appreciate beauty, find the best in others.

To leave the world a little better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition.

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived is just how to succeed.

I cling to that daily.

EF - It is beautiful.

CN - I honestly believe in those sentiments. I don't think of monetary gains or the adulation of a crowd, although that reaffirmation of the energy I'm putting out there is always touching. I just think of things in a different way.

EF - Let me ask you, would you feel successful had you not made it to Broadway?

CN - This is a business and part of this business is perception. Most of this business is perception. Broadway is certainly a milestone. In the eyes of others who perceive your career, they look at what you have done and want to see the checklist of what you have achieved. Broadway is certainly a flag that goes up and they can take this person to the next level. I am not ignorant of that. It is supposed to be the peak of the musical theater profession. Everyone working in these blocks is supposed to theoretically be at the top of what they are doing. That is not always true. You find very talented people doing things off Broadway or in regional theaters. Broadway has become a multi-corporate level business. It's about how much it costs to mount a Broadway show. I'm actually in the midst of doing research for an album I'm hoping to do next year.

EF - You're own album? A lot of people have asked about that. That is great.

CN - It will be a Broadway album. We are working on it. It will be with Varese Sarabande and Bruce Kimmel. He has been wonderful and very supportive. He has used me in some of his compilation albums. By the end of the year I will have done four for him. I'm so grateful for that. He wants to do another project. I've been going through the history of every show that has been written and all the music that has been published. They used to knock the shows out quickly. They were not meant to run for 10-15 years. As a result, people took chances and did projects that might not be commercial or mainstream. Some things ran for many years, some things didn't. Now it is such a gamble. The stakes are higher and people don't want to lose money. Ticket prices are higher. It is harder to sustain a success for a longer period of time. It is a business.

EF - Shows like Phantom or Les Mis sure have been around for a while.

CN - Yeah, I'd like to do Phantom or Les Mis for a couple of months just to move around for a while and do different things. It makes a Broadway a very special place. It may not necessarily be the heart of the theatrical industry but you find the biggest and grandest here. I think it is starting to switch around. Look at the shows that opened last season as well as this season again. People are starting to realize that everything is not going to be a huge blockbuster. I think of all the shows for the new season, they are all going to find their audiences one way or another.

EF - Do you ever read reviews?

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