Christiane Noll isn’t strictly a LoHud resident, but she did play one in her Tony-nominated role as Mother — a New Rochelle resident — in the short-lived revival of “Ragtime.” (And she and the cast toured New Rochelle last October, as they were readying the show for its too-short Broadway run.)
Noll started an eventful week yesterday with a nomination for a Drama Desk Award (also for “Ragtime”), woke up a Tony nominee today and will end the week singing alongside Julie Andrews in London. She phoned from her Maplewood, N.J., home.
She didn’t watch Jeff Daniels and Lea Michele announce the nominations this morning.
“I’m trying to pack. I’m leaving tonight for London. I’m singing with Julie Andrews this week, so I’m in my closet trying to pull gowns out and trying to pack, because I’m taking my daughter with me. Then my phone started to go ‘ding-ding, ding-ding, ding-ding’ and it’s been a little mad ever since.”
“Ragtime” got nine Drama Desk nominations and seven Tony nods, including one for best revival of a musical, best direction of a musical (Martha Milgrom Dodge) and best featured actor in a musical (Bobby Steggert).
“Well, Bobby’s going to win, as far as I’m concerned,” Noll says categorically. “I love Chris Fitzgerald, but Bobby’s going to win. And I’m so tickled for Marcia. It’s lovely to get the recognition.”
The revival of the E.L. Doctorow-based musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty had a too-short run on Broadway, closing Jan 10, 2010, after less than two months.
The minute the show closed, you’re like ‘Oh, OK. Out of sight out of mind,’” Noll said. “I had embraced that entirely. But I’m really really touched that people are recognizing it and that it made such an impression that even after this many months they remember it.”
Tonight, it’s off to London for an appearance with Julie Andrews at the O2 arena (where Michael Jackson was scheduled to perform before his untimely death), in “A Gift of Music,” a retrospective of Andrews’ work with Rodgers & Hammerstein.