Interview with Shoshana Bean
Chris Isaacson and Shane Scheel present the first of Upright Cabaret’s “Wicked” Summer Nights at the Ford: Shoshana Bean Sings Streisand.
Carol Kaufman Segal: How did you become involved with this production?
Shoshana Bean: I was approached sometime ago and they asked me to do it.
CK: Where are you from?
SB: I’m originally from Portland, Oregon but I live in L.A.
CK: When did you begin your professional career?
SB: I started when I was probably six or seven but I think my first paid professional gig was when I was nine years old.
CK: Your career has taken you to Broadway. What have you performed there?
SB: I was in “Wicked” and “Hairspray.”
CK: Do you have a specific style of singing you like to perform most?
SB: I really love everything because I love doing theater and I love singing my own stuff that I write, which is more pop/R&B. At the same time when we started rehearsing all the Streisand songs, I realized how it’s just all jazz music, I love singing that, too. I love so many styles and dramas; I’m lucky enough to be able to do such a wide range of these types of performances, and get to do all of these styles. I can’t say I have a favorite; I love them all.
CK: Can you tell me about this show you’re doing?
SB: Yes, the first act is a tribute to Streisand, showcasing some of her greatest materials using arrangements from her really well-known classics. The second act is my music, showcasing how I was influenced by an icon like her and tying her music in with my own.
“Shoshana Bean Sings Streisand” plays June 11 at 8:30pm at the John Anson Ford Theatre
(2580 E. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, CA). For tickets, call (323) 461-3673,
or visit www.uprightcabaret.com/events or www.fordtheatres.com.