When she takes the stage, Nancy Opel shines as bright as those neon lights on the strip. It's no wonder she plays Bea Singer in Jason Robert Brown's soon-to-be comedy classic Honeymoon In Vegas. With multiple other Broadway credits to her name, Nancy's resume is one to be reckoned with. She has appeared in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, Memphis, and the 2004 revival of Hair. Her performance as Penelope Pennywise earned Nancy a Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. Her Off-Broadway credits include The Toxic Avenger, Gypsy, and On A Clear Day You Can See Forever. We are honored to have this great talent On the Couch this week!
What do you consider to be your best asset?
Probably my robust good health!
What was your proudest moment?
It isn't show business related- I am proud of my beautiful daughter every day.
What is your favorite drink?
Well, I don't really drink much alcohol, so I guess I'd have to say coffee.
What is your favorite food?
Cheese, though I have given it up.
What is your favorite condiment?
Does soy sauce count? Soy sauce.
What is your current obsession?
I have concurrent ones: learning Chinese, knitting, and Words With Friends on a less obsessive level.
If you could give up one of your vices, what would it be?
I don't have a vice, really. Boooooorrrrrrrring.
What is the one professional accomplishment you long for most?
I feel good about what I've done thus far.
What is the one thing you waste too much money on?
What is the one activity you waste too much time doing?
See above But it isn't really too wasteful because I create useful objects.
What do you consider to be the single greatest threat to your health?
My advancing age.
What is the single best trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
What is the single worst trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
I'm kind of a pushover.
What in the world most thrills you?
My loved ones' happiness.
What current trend in popular culture most irritates you?
What was the single most embarrassing moment you've ever experienced on the job?
Oh, brother, ask Seth Rudetsky, he has the explanation on video.
What is your favorite place in the world?
If I can name ONLY one, then home.
What is the most important trait you seek in a romantic partner?
I do not seek, but if I did, it would be a sense of humor. And honesty. That's two things.
Do you prefer the company of dogs or cats?
I have a fantastic little poodle who brightens every one of my days.
What would have to happen to make today the best day of your life?
Somebody makes the rule that people work for love instead of money. It would solve pretty much everything.
What is your personal motto?
Try to work for love instead of money