Interview: “Night Music” Star Reflects on Her New Role

As we noted in an earlier post, The Gateway Theatre will be the venue for  42nd Street Moon Company’s 2021-2022 season opener: A Little Night Music

Alison Ewing says she “is beyond joyous” to finally be back at Moon, where she was seen in JUBILEE and IRMA LA DOUCE. Alison’s Broadway credits include MAMMA MIA! (Tanya) and Roundabout Theatre Company’s CABARET (Lulu).

Her national tours include ANASTASIA (Countess Lily), AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, CABARET (Kost), and FLASHDANCE (Tess). Alison’s regional favorites include HAND TO GOD at San Jose Stage, EMMA, BIG RIVER, INTO THE WOODS, HAROLD & MAUDE, and AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT THE BLUES at TheatreWorks, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE at San Jose Rep, SWEET CHARITY at Center Rep, JACQUES BREL and BEGGAR’S HOLIDAY at Marin Theatre Company, THE LAST FIVE YEARS, BABY and PROOF at Playhouse West and 8-TRACK at Theatre on San Pedro Square. TV/Film: “Ally McBeal,” “Six Feet Under,” “Fractured” (DelValley Productions), and “Marbles” (Louis Tovar Films). Alison is also an audiobooks narrator for Audible and Tantor Media. LOVE to Keith.

Learn more by visiting her website.

In this exclusive interview, she shares her views on a variety of topical issues.

Cultural Currents: As a resident of Northern California, how does living in the region shape your art?

Alison Ewing: Northern California is leading the effort in diversity and inclusion in theater and it’s wonderful to be a part of Bay Area artists who are willing to grow and expand.  It makes the work we do here in our tight knit community textured and nuanced and I’m lucky to be a part of that!

CC: What impact has the pandemic had on your life as a performer? Any positive consequences?

Ewing: The pandemic has made me really focus on what’s important, and has made me slow down and appreciate that we are even back to do live theatre at all.  I believe it has made me appreciate the importance of live theatre in a world where home-viewing and isolation has taken over.  We are back, rehearsing safely in masks, and still able to make the magic happen with resilience.  That’s a really incredible thing.

CC: What are the major challenges of your role in “Night Music”?

Ewing: I”m working on the balance with Desirees character.  She is pulled by her career, her family, and her want of a man who is in a different place than she is.  She must have a subtle comic timing but a realness in the serious moments.