Aug 2, 2022 | Sandy Bremer: You'd Never Believe It
With “You’d Never Believe It!” — her spectacular one-woman show — opening this weekend, we sat down with Farmers Alley favorite and Kalamazoo theatre legend Sandy Bremer to ask questions about her storied career in local theatre and beyond. Read on for more!
Who are your inspirations? Are they famous performers, people in your everyday life, or folks in-between?
Interesting question, inspiration hits me every day. […] I'm inspired by family, friends. Those who've overcome and moved forward, asked for help. Those who are humble, nonjudgemental (which I'm working on!), who laugh at themselves before others.
As I've gotten older, I find enjoying life is more important then kicking my leg up over my head or hitting that perfect vocal. It's freeing…
In terms of performers and artists, it’s also changed with time. When I was younger it was Julie Andrews, Liza Minelli, Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand. Nowadays I’m inspired by Wendy Moten, Storm Large, Brandi Carlile, China Forbes to name a few.
What was the hardest piece of blocking you ever had to learn for a show?
During the National Tour for “Sweet Charity” I spent 3 1/2 hours on the line "and let me get right to the point” in the song “Big Spender” just learning how to point my finger correctly. In that same show, in the song “Something Better than This,” we once spent an entire afternoon on 16 bars of music!
What was your most uncomfortable costume?
Any that didn't fit!
Who is your favorite composer or lyricist? Whose work do you enjoy performing the most?
It’s hard to pick. I’m an old fashion girl—anything from the 1920's, 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's, or 70’s! I do love particularly Kander and Ebb, Cole Porter, and some Sondhiem.
What’s your dream role? Is there a part you’d love to play but never were able to?
I've been super lucky! I’ve almost played them all. But, I never got to tackle Ado Annie, she got away from me. I was in “Oklahoma!” once, but just as a dancer. Oh well!
What kinds songs should folks look forward to hearing in “You’d Never Believe It!”?
There will be songs from throughout my career, mostly classic Broadway tunes like “Don't Rain On My Parade” or “Memory.”
Best part of doing theatre in Kalamazoo?
The wonderful support from the community. And we do really good theatre here!!!
“Sandy Bremer: You’d Never Believe It” runs as a limited engagement August 5 and 6 at 8:00pm. Click here for tickets or call the box office at 269.343.2727