1.  What are you working on now?
Co-writing, co-producing and performing in my new one-woman musical show, “A Long and Winding Road,” which opens March 31st at Arena Stage in D.C. and runs thru Easter.  This experience has been a true labor of love and allows me to tell my story and the collective story of my generation through the songs of those iconic singer/songwriters from the 60’s and early 70’s.

2.  What was your biggest challenge completing your current project?
Keeping the show to 90 minutes — what to leave out!  That’s a good dilemma, however.  Better to have too much of a good thing to trim, than to be struggling to find something to fill or bridge a moment.  These are such powerful songs from the “second half of the Great American Songbook,” as the New York Times calls them.  Philip Himberg, my director and co-writer, Jeff Harris, my musical director and I have worked very diligently to not have any of the songs sound like museum pieces.  We painstakingly mined what is timeless and relevant about each song for today.

3.  What are you doing for fun or relaxation?
Once we open here in D.C. and the theater dust settles, I will go to my favorite haunts:   the National Gallery,  the National Portrait Gallery, Dumbarton Oaks Gardens and Gallery and the Newseum — also seeing the monuments at night.  Right now I’m reading The Breakthrough by Gwen Ifill and Mrs. Astor Regrets by Meryl Gordon. Also, yoga is my salvation at home and on the road.

4.  Last movie or play you saw?
Movie: “The Reader” – amazing performances.  Play:  I saw a very pregnant, but wonderful, Kelli O’Hara in her last week of performances in Lincoln Center’s “South Pacific.”

5.  Best part about being your age?
As e e cummings once wrote:  ” there is some s**t i will not eat ”  I don’t take it from anyone, anymore.  Very liberating!

6.  Have you ever wanted to reinvent yourself?
Yes.  Once I found the courage to leave my 1970’s Top 40 “Disaster Theme Queen” decade behind, I chose to sing Gershwin, Porter, Arlen, Rodgers and Hart, Sondheim, Weill, etc.  I made a vow to myself to do only the things that challenge me and fill me up — the things I love.

7.  You went from being a violinist/tree surgeon to a tight rope walker/astronaut, how did you do it?
By not letting fear stand in my way.  As an artist and performer, taking risks are what it’s all about…from the moment we step on stage, it’s a tightrope dance of  terror and exhilaration and pure joy.

8.  What do you know now that you didn’t know when you were 35?
“Someday” is a word that is no longer in my vocabulary.  Whatever your passion is — do it NOW.  You can’t get the time back.

9.  What’s next for you?
Performing in London for the forthcoming release of my “A long and Winding Road” CD in England.

10. What do you value most in life?
Music is the air I breathe — compassion, forgiveness, family, friendship — the belief that all of humanity and nature are connected.

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