Exclusive Interview: Deedee Magno Hall

Today’s Exclusive Interview is with Deedee Magno Hall who currently performs as Nessarose in the San Francisco production of “Wicked”. She was formerly Nessarose on the First National Tour. Previously, she performed the leading role of Kim in “Miss Saigon” on Broadway. We’d like to thank Ms. Magno Hall for her interview which you can check out below!

What was your first professional acting job? What did you learn from it?

The MMC [Mickey Mouse Club] on the Disney Channel was my first professional acting gig. I learned so much on the show…everything from script readings and rehearsing, to blocking, spacing and lighting, cameras 1, 2 and 3, vocalizing, learning choreography, hair, make-up, wardrobe, and making time for family, school and play. It was definitely a wonderful learning experience and stepping stone for my future in the biz.

What has been your favorite acting job thus far?

I LOVE my role as Nessa! It’s a great meaty role with lots of layers, but not too demanding for a newish mommy, so I have quite a bit of much appreciated downtime backstage. But one of my FAVORITE roles, and one close to my heart is Kim in Miss Saigon. It’s the show where I met my husband. All time BEST role…Wife and Mother hands down!

Deedee Magno Hall as Nessarose

Deedee Magno Hall as Nessarose

When did you first audition for “Wicked”, and what was the audition process like?

At the time, my son was only about 18 months old, and I wasn’t sure if I was mentally, physically or vocally ready to go back to work. I decided to just give it a go, and whatever happens, it will have been a good experience at the very least. I auditioned in NY [New York] in November of 2006 and sang songs from the show, read though a few scenes, and stayed to dance. My agent called me before I left NY to tell me that I had gotten the part of Nessarose in the 1st National Tour. It was a very pleasant surprise.

What was your reaction when you found out you had the job?

My first thought was, “what about my baby???” My husband had just been bumped up to play the part of Fiyero on the same tour, and with both daddy and mommy onstage, who was going to take care of our son? After a lot of thought, I asked my baby sister to come on tour with us to help out. She was so amazing with him and he loved bonding with his auntie. And because of the theater hours, we were still able to spend a ton of quality time with him. It was a dream!

What was the rehearsal process like for Nessarose? How was your first performance?

I had 2 weeks to learn the role. First show felt awesome and scary! Being onstage again, tho, was like coming home. It sounds corny, but true. The second show was wonky. It always is.

Could you ever see yourself playing any of the other female roles in Wicked?

I would love to be green someday!

What was it like to be on the road with your husband and son?

AMAZING!!!! We got to do so much traveling and sight seeing together! But it was also hard being on the move all the time.

What are your favorite things about touring, as opposed to performing in a sit-down production.

Getting to see parts of the country we would probably never have the opportunity to see had it not been for the show, and having the chance to visit family and friends.

How much rehearsal was involved in opening the San Francisco production?

Principals rehearsed in NY for 2 weeks and then the entire company rehearsed in San Francisco for about a month before we opened.

Do you have any memorable onstage bloopers you’d like to share?

Oh…there’s so many…Just recently I fell in the curtain call…very embarrassing, and painful! Ouch!

What are some roles that you’d love to play some day?

Eponine. And I’d love to do straight plays as well.

What advice would you give to aspiring actors and actresses?

If you wish it, if you will it, if you strive for it and if it’s meant to be, it will be. Believe in yourself and do your best. That’s all you can do

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4 Responses to Exclusive Interview: Deedee Magno Hall

  1. Liz says:

    Ahhh, she used the word “wonky”! I love that word. Is it a real word? Whatever, I use it all the time!

    And oh man, I was there for the curtain call fall. The whole audience gasped and all the air was sucked out of the theater, lol. But she got right back up and was her beautiful smiley self again so everyone breathed again! 🙂

  2. Christina says:

    I was there, too. Yeah I’m glad everything was okay.

  3. Mitchell says:

    I saw her twice in SF over the summer she was BRILLIANT! So passionate for the role, you can just tell that she was in tune with the character.

  4. Hazel says:

    Amazing! I love Deedee! I was there when she fell during Curtain Call too!

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