“It’s about Heather Jones, who has been dropped from her label, is divorced and a single mom with two kids, and makes the decision to change her act.
But her manager, Joe [Frederick Weller, who did a workshop of ‘The Bodyguard’ musical with Goldsberry], doesn’t agree with her decision to let her hair grow, tell how old she is, and talk about being a single mom and her frustrating relationships with men — nothing marketable.” The show was not well reviewed in 1978, but producer Joe Papp believed in it and it became an audience success, which spoke for a generation of women, many of whom Goldsberry is meeting, who know every word of it and are thrilled it’s being revived.
The curse was we were there from September to April every year, so cold.
I love Toronto, but I wasn’t in LA or New York and unable to begin a career outside of the show.
We were gonna put this in your face because there hadn’t been enough out there, so I felt like socially and politically it was important.
Five years down the line, though, you’re like, ‘Are you fucking serious? ’ I was happy to do it, but I will never do a show with that kind of sexual content again, done with that.” Harrison has a partner but wasn’t into talking about him “because I talked about my relationships in the past and got attacked.
During a club set, Gretchen came up with the title, turned to Nancy and said, ‘I got it.
They’d had a couple of albums and were touring with the idea of how to give voice to what was happening to women at the time.
I was out way before I did the show and never thought I’d be interviewed or on TV.
I remember a Showtime publicist saying, ‘You don’t have to do this’ and thinking, ‘Why would I want to go back in the closet now?
It lasted five years, a really good gig in Toronto, which was a blessing and a curse. We were all displaced and for most of us, it was our first big job, so we bonded.
The crew was amazing and we had great Canadian independent film directors. But I love this play, so funny, sweet, and touching, about a well-off married gay couple in Sag Harbor.