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Walter Bobbie
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Walter Bobbie

Director and actor Walter Bobbie talks about returning to the acting stage in the "Encores!" production of Face The Music, and how he feels preparing to act in the famously brief "Encores" rehearsal period that he helped to create; recalls his experiences in the original cast of Grease, and shares his thoughts about the revivals and the current TV competition; remembers when Jerry Zaks asked him to don a "fat suit" to play Nicely-Nicely in the 1992 Guys and Dolls revival; explains how he became a director without the usual years of apprenticeship; describes the origins of the long-running revival of Chicago; and explains why he wants his next production to involve three actors and two folding chairs.

Original air date - March 23, 2007
Running Time - 52:49

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