February’s Most Valuable (Theatrical) Player works hard for the money. Actually, given the Off-Broadway venues she performed in this month, I’m guessing she worked hard for not a lot of money. But, oh, the rewards for the audience!
So let’s give a wildly enthusiastic standing ovation to Anika Larsen for her double duty work in Myths and Hymns (for the Prospect Theater Company) and Disaster! (recently extended at the Triad.) In the former, she plumbed the depths of Adam Guettel’s complex and dramatically intense songs with heartbreaking emotional clarity. Then, after a full week of performances, she spent her Sunday nights scaling the heights of silliness as a nun addicted to gambling and 70’s hits. Comedy and tragedy, pathos and parody, Larsen handled it all with her serious acting chops (check her resume full of Broadway and touring gigs) and that impeccable and seemingly limitless voice.
Someone get this woman a starring role on Broadway…if she can fit it into her schedule.