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Online Interview with Robyn Finn - 8/31/06

This is a transcript from an online interview I did with Robyn Finn (original Broadway Pepper) from 2006. For the first half of the interview, I asked Robyn questions sent in by fans ahead of time. The second part was done live. Thanks Long John Silver for transcribing the interview.

INTERVIEW WITH ROBYN FINN - Part 1 - 8/31/06

From Cecile in France:

1. How and why did you decide to audition for Annie?

I'm originally from Boston, MA. Since I was around 5, I always wanted to be a performer. I begged my mother when I was around 11 to take me to New York to get a manager. About 1 year later my manager called, and told me about this show called "Annie" that was going to be done in CT at the Goodspeed Opera House. I jumped at it. Unfortunately, I didn't get the part then. I got a letter in the mail saying that they were sorry they couldn't use me, but they wanted me as an "alternate". This basically means that if anyone got sick and couldn't do the role, they would call me in. About 6 months later my manager called and said that they wanted to bring "Annie" to the Kennedy Center in Washington for a pre-Broadway run then onto Broadway. She told me that I was requested to audition for it. So I did and I got the role of "Pepper".

2. How did they tell you you'd got the part? What was your reaction?

At our final callback (it was about the 4th), they split us up into two groups. I had a very strong feeling by the group I was in, that I had gotten the part. They put me in the same group as most of the kids that did it at Goodspeed. I remember taking the train back home to Boston with my mom and saying to her that I have a really feeling that I got the part. Then about a few days later, my manager called and told me I got the part. I screamed!!!!!!! A lot!!!!!! I felt like all my dreams were coming true. I always dreamed about being on Broadway. Another bonus was that I would have to leave my school in the middle of the year to do the show. I was not thrilled with my school at that time. I was so happy to leave and go to New York to start rehearsals!

3. As one of the oldest child in the cast, did you feel kind of responsible for the youngest ones? Did you ever feel annoyed by them, like a big sister can be annoyed by younger siblings?

This is an interesting question. There's a lot that comes into play here. Not only was I the oldest, but I was also the oldest to have started in theatre. "Annie" was the first major production I had ever done. I mean I did some community theatre and small productions back in Boston, but nothing ever this major. All of the other kids in the show grew up in the business. They all were veterans of the stage at a young age and many of them had done numerous television commercials and voice-overs. I was definitely the most "green" when it came to show business. Sometimes I felt as if I was the little sister because I felt that they knew so much more than I did. Not only about show business, but about life. I think I had led a little more of a sheltered life. On the other hand, probably because I was the oldest, I was always into my own thing. I never was one to follow the pack. I dressed different than everyone else. Probably, I felt mostly like a big sister to Danielle Briseboise. Our moms were very close, and they hung out a lot together. So Danielle and I were together a lot. I pretty much took her under my wing. As far as being annoyed, I think we all got annoyed with each other at some point because we all spent so much time together.

4. What did it feel like to play the "mean" one? Did you ever wish you could play a "nicer" part?

I loved playing the "mean" one!!!!! I found it so much fun because Pepper is the complete opposite of who I am. The best part of acting is that it is just that, "acting". It gives you a chance to explore characters that are not like yourself. I know if I'm playing a part that is "mean" no one is really getting hurt. It is just a play. To the second part of your question, I never wished I could play a "nicer" part, because I was having too much fun with Pepper.

5. Did you feel school was important at the time? Did your parents insist on you succeeding in your academic studies as well as on stage?

For me, education was very important and my parents did insist on my succeeding in academic studies. When I got the part, I had to leave school in the middle of the year. At that point, I got tutored, and whenever I had a day off, I would go back to my school in MA to hand the work in to my teachers. The following school year, I went to a private school while doing the show, called Lincoln Square Academy. Most of the kids continued being tutored. For me, I wanted to be in some type of a school setting so I could also be with kids my own age and have somewhat of a normal life. Lincoln Square Academy was mostly for kids that were in show business. Some were on Broadway and some were in film and television. I remember doing homework backstage in between scenes.

6. Do you remember any funny blunder or mishap happening during the show?

One mishap really sticks out in my mind. We were performing at the Kennedy Center in Washington. On stage there were a couple of imbedded treadmills that were used for special effects with actors. At one point, Dorothy Loudon, who played Miss Hannigan, got her leg stuck in the treadmill. All of a sudden we all heard her screaming that her leg was stuck. They actually pried her leg out and they had to stop the show. This was very scary for everyone. I don't remember exactly for how long the show was stopped, but they did fix her leg up and then the show went on.

From Julie Smith:

1. Hi Robyn, thanks for chatting with us! Could you walk us through how
you came to be a part of the show? Many of us are interested in how
each person came to be in her role since there were some changes made
along the way to Broadway. I also read somewhere that Andrea had asked
that you play Pepper because you were unhappy as Molly. Is that true?
I thought Danielle was Molly from the beginning.


My manager called and sent me on the audition for "Annie" at The Goodspeed Opera House in CT. Unfortunately, I didn't get the part, but I received a letter in the mail stating that I was an "alternate". This means that if anyone got sick, I would get a call to come into the show. About 6 months later, I was requested to audition for "Annie" again because they were bringing it to The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and then Broadway. I had about 4 callbacks. During one of the callbacks, we all had to go up to Martin Charnin and yell "Oh yeah?" and then give him a raspberry. Well my raspberry was so hard, loud, and wet, that he should have had an umbrella! Spit was flying everywhere!!!!! I think this is why they cast me as "Pepper". All of the same kids that were in Goodspeed made it to Broadway except for Kristen Vigard and Laura Dean. Laura I believe outgrew the role before Broadway and Kristen eventually became the understudy to Annie on Broadway. In regards to the second part of your question, I heard that same rumor a couple of years ago. There is absolutely no merit to it. It is absolutely just a rumor. First of all, I would be too big to play Molly. Molly is the littlest orphan. Also, I never was in the show at Goodspeed. Also you're absolutely right, Danielle played the role from the very beginning in Goodspeed. I would love to know how that rumor started.

2. Did you wear a wig to cover your red hair? How was that?

When the show first opened in Washington, they never did anything to my hair. My hair is a light shade of red, so it actually came off blonde on stage. However, people started to think I was Annie and sometimes I would get applause when people saw me. I loved it, but unfortunately it wasn't good for the show. So they decided to dye my hair jet black. After the show was running on Broadway for a while and Janine Ruane left, Kathy Jo Kelley came in to replace her and she was also a redhead. They immediately gave her a wig. The problem was that I have very fare skin and blue eyes, and the jet-black hair just didn't go with me. I started to lose a lot of commercial work without my red hair. I also couldn't understand if Kathy had a wig, why I couldn't. I pleaded my case to Martin Charnin, and he was awsome!!! He arranged that I have a wig and my hair went back to my natural red color.

From Tony:

1. Is it true that you were the first understudy for Andrea and did you ever get to go on for her?

Wow! Not many people know that! Yes, when I first got the part of "Pepper", I was also told I'd be understudy for Andrea. The day I started working with Arf who understudied Sandy, we all got word the Andrea came down with Mononucleosis. They needed someone who knew the part and could fill in immediately. That's when they called in Kristen Vigard. She knew the part from Goodspeed and she could immediately fill in. After that, they just kept Kristen on for the understudy.

2. What was it like having to do the Annie Christmas Show and the Broadway show at the same time?

I actually had a lot of fun doing both. It was a lot of work and exhausting, but the adrenaline just kept me going. The best part was we taped the Annie Christmas Special in Brooklyn where we shared the space with the soap opera "Another World". At that time, that was my favorite soap. I got to meet all of the characters, which was very exciting for me, especially the character of "Sally Frame," who was played by Cathy Greene. She was my age and I was a huge fan of hers. We became friends.

3. Fondest memory?

I have many fond memories, but the one that really sticks out in my mind was when Henry Winkler ("The Fonz") came to see the show. We all got word that he was in the audience. So, when the orphans sing "Your Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile", there was this move where we were standing tall with our hands stretched out by our sides with our fingers spread open. Instead of our fingers spread open we did a very special move for Henry Winkler. We did thumbs up instead. After the show, he came backstage and spoke to the kids for about 2 hours on the history of the theatre. He was so enthusiastic. He gave everyone (including the moms) hugs and kisses. I remember he kissed my right cheek, and I don't think I washed it for a week. I was floating on air. I mean at that time, it was the height of "Happy Days", and everyone had a crush on "The Fonz", including me!!!!!! Before he left we asked him how we could keep in touch with him. He said that if we wrote him a letter to put a red face on the envelope so he knew it would be from one of us. A few months later word got out that he had gotten married. So I wrote him a letter congratulating him, never thinking I'd get a response. Well I did!!! He wrote me back thanking me for my well wishes and also inviting me and my family to see a taping of Happy Days if and when we were in California. After I finished "Annie", my family and I did take a trip to California and Henry Winkler made good on his word. He sent my family and I tickets to see Happy Days and we spoke with him after the taping. He is just an awesome guy and that will be an experience I will never forget.

4. Does anyone ever tell you that you look a bit like Cynthia Nixon?

I have gotten a couple of remarks like that. As a matter of fact, when we were kids, I knew Cynthia Nixon really well. We had the same manager and we were up for some of the same roles. One was "Little Darlings" (we were up for different roles). I got very close, but didn't get the role. Another one was a part in "The Ballad of Mary Fagan" with Jack Lemon. It was down to Cynthia and myself but Cynthia got the role.

From Noel:

1. I have always loved the picture of you orphans in the recording studio wearing your headphones with your buckets and scrub brushes recording "It's A Hard Knock Life"! What do you remember about that momentous day when you became a part of Musical Theatre History?

As we were going through it, especially as a child, I didn't realize what kind of Musical Theatre history I was going to be a part of. As I look back on it, it's like "wow!" I'm not sure I fully appreciated it when I was a child because I was so young. I do remember being nervous because it was the first time I was in a recording studio recording an album. It was also a little overwhelming, but having said that, it was a GREAT TIME. I also remember recording my solo line in Hard Knock Life. The line is "Once a day don't you want to throw the towel in". While recording it I had a frog in my throat, (probably nerves) and it came out a bit throaty. I remember being a little upset and wanting to do it over, but they actually liked it that way. I also remember thinking it was soooo cool to wear the headphones and make the bucket and scrubbing sounds for the album.

3. What was your favorite performance associated with "Annie" that wasn't done on the Alvin Theatre stage? Performing for the President, for the "Tony's" etc.

That's a tough question. I probably would have to say my favorite performance was the Tony Awards, for a few reasons. First, we were performing on live television. I have to admit it was a bit intimidating knowing you were performing live in front of millions of people. I don't think I was more nervous in my whole life, because we were up for many Tony Awards. Last but not least, all the stars we met were thrilling. After the show, we went to the awards dinner at the Sheraton Hotel. (I remember they were serving powdered eggs as the main dish. "Yuck"!!!). A this dinner we met all kinds of stars, including Al Pacino, Valerie Harper, Bea Arthur, and many more. All of us kids came with our autograph books and kept going from table to table getting autographs. I have to say, they were all pretty gracious about signing our books. All of this made for a very memorable evening.

From Mark:

1. Did you leave the cast with a group? (because my program also has Donna Graham, Diana Barrows and Danielle Brisebois).

Yes, a bunch of us left together. It was myself, Donna, Diana and Danielle.

2. What was it like to find out that someone in the cast was going to be "elevated" to the role of Annie? Did anyone care or was it business as usual?

Well, they actually had some auditions when Andrea went to London. Shelley Bruce auditioned and I don't quite recall if anyone else from my cast auditioned. I was not asked to audition at that point because they thought that I was too tall. When Shelley moved to "Annie", I think we all expected that. So yes, it was business as usual.

LIVE CHAT

Julie Stevens: Okay, hi everyone. Who has a question for Robyn?

Mark: Did you work with Sarah Jessica Parker? What was she like?

Robyn Finn: Yes, as an orphan. We became pretty good friends. She was very nice

Jeff: Behind every great actress, is a great brother. Robyn - what do you think about your brother, Jeff?

Robyn: That's my brother!! Too funny.

Robyn: Hi Jeff. It's way past your bedtime

Jenny H: Hi Robyn! what was it like to be on the edge of puberty while playing a "little girl" on stage. At your age, I was boy crazy

Robyn: Jenny, I was boy crazy, too. We did a charity baseball game in Central Park with the Bad News Bears and myself and a couple of girls tried to find out what hotel they were staying in so we could sneak in. We never did find them, though.

Robyn: It was just a part on stage. When I was off stage, I could be a regular teenager

Dina: Are you related to Gary Finn from Sharon, MA?

Robyn: Dina, no, I am not related to a Gary Finn. Are we, Jeff?

Jeff: No - I don't think we are related to a Gary Finn

Jeff: Just want everyone in cyberspace to know that Robyn was the best and most talented orphan that ever existed.

Julie: This is from Julie's friend John: Was there a feeling of fear that you could be fired at any moment, since it already happened to Kristen?

Robyn: Honestly, I don't think any of us had that fear. It was such a tremendous hit, I think we had more a fear of growing too tall.

Jenny H: What was opening night like on Broadway?

Robyn: Jenny, opening night was very exciting and exhilarating at the same time.

Dina: I was wondering what you did after you left the show. Did you continue in theatre?

Robyn: Dina, yes I continued in theatre. I did a show with Shelley Bruce at the Goodspeed called A Long Way To Boston

Tony: When was your last show?

Robyn: Tony, my last show was off-Broadway and it was called The Littlest Clown. In between I did guest spots on soaps, I did a teen spirit V-O spot, I had bit parts in films - one was Jackie Gleason's last movie, Izzie and Moe.

Dina: Are you still an actress and singer today or do you have another career?

Robyn: Dina, when I became pregnant with my son, I decided to stop. Now that both of my kids are in school - my youngest is in 1st grade - I got the itch again!!

Dina: Go for it, Girl!!!

Robyn: My husband and I started a band with a couple of other guys and we are starting to play out now. Anyone have a suggestion for our band's name??

Jeff: I think you should call your band "The Loose Moose".

Robyn: I'm cracking up, Jeff.

Kiara: Hmmmm ... how about Rollin' Thunder?

Robyn: OOH, Rollin Thunder is a cool name.

Jenny H: Robyn: how about Cobalt Blue for your band

Dina: How about "Pepper Power"! LOL

Jenny H: Robyn, another band suggestion ... Agent Orange.

Robyn: My husband likes Cobalt Blue so far. All of them are great!

Jeff: How about "Walk Off Papi" for your Band's name?

Robyn: Jeff, what the heck are you talking about with the Walk Off Papi?

Jeff: You're husband knows all about Walk Off Papi - I think this could be his favorite!

Robyn: No, he says Cobalt Blue is still his first choice!

Jenny H: Wooo hoooo for CB!

Jeff: I think CB is fine, as long as your husband guitarist stands within at least 100 feet of the lead female vocalist!

Robyn: Jeff, are you drunk?

Tony: Were any of the girls ever jealous of Andrea?

Robyn: Tony, I don't know if it was jealousy or everyone just sucked up to her.

Tony: LOL, everyone wanted to be her friend.

Kiara: What type of music does your band play?

Robyn: Kiara, our band plays rock.

Julie: Another question from Julie's friend John - did you know about Dorothy Louden's career when you worked with her? Did she ever give you notes or yell at you?

Robyn: I had no idea. I was green as could be about the business. No, she never yelled at us or gave us notes.

Robyn: Pepper used to have a bigger role before we opened. I used to kick Hannigan in the shins but they cut it out because I could never do it without laughing

Tony: What was Sarah Jessica like to work with in Annie?

Robyn: I never worked with Sarah when she played Annie but she was a very nice girl.

Tony: Oh, I thought she was an orphan with you.

Robyn: Yes, she was, before she replaced Shelley as Annie

Robyn: When she got Square Pegs, she used to call me from her dressing room.

Jeff: I always wanted to know why you didn't take me to Studio 54 with you after the performances?

Robyn: Jeff, you were busy going to High School. You sucked as a dancer anyway!

Julie: Come on, are you all being shy?

Kiara: Not shy, just trying to think of good questions. Do you have one special memento and memory that you treasure from your days as an orphan?

Dina: Did you ever meet Steve Rubell and Ian Schraeger when you went to 54?


Robyn: Dina, no, not personally. We would just walk to the front of this very long line and the doorman would let us in. He was the same doorman for Annie, so he let us in anytime.

Tony: When I watch tapes of the Tony's Diana seems like she has soooo much energy. Was she a pretty fun girl. She just reminds me of that girl in school who really wanted to be the star.


Robyn: Tony, you have no idea! Yes, Diana was full of energy. She took herself very seriously so I don't think of her as fun necessarily

Tony: Yeah, I thought so just from watching her. Was she an Annie understudy?

Robyn: No, Diana was not an Annie understudy.

Jenny H: Robyn, did you ever bind yourself up with an Ace bandage to look younger?

Robyn: Jenny, no, I was flat as a board!!

Tony: LOL, did you see that "Growing up on Broadway" video?

Robyn: Tony, no, I never saw that Growing Up on Broadway video.

Tony: The clip on this site is a hoot!

Robyn: I need to take a look at it, Tony.

Jenny H: Did the orphans get to play with Sandy before, during or after the show?

Robyn: Jenny, no, we never got to play with Sandy. Julie says she got to hang out with him all the time, but we didn't. We adored him.

Robyn: I used to be afraid of dogs as a kid but Sandy cured that!

Tony: I think you and Cynthia should do something together where you play sisters.

Robyn: Tony, that sounds good to me. Cynthia has a great career!

Julie: Did any of the mothers do anything to make sure their kid got a bigger role?

Robyn: Without mentioning names, there was one girl that used to go around singing all the Annie songs. This was about the time that I was supposed to be Annie's understudy. Suddenly, she became the understudy.

Jenny H: Robyn, did the girls ever try on the red dress or wig on the sly?

Robyn: Jenny, not me, but I can't speak for anyone else!

Tony: Who from the show do you still keep in touch with?

Robyn: Tony, just Julie and I never worked with her. I tried to reconnect recently but no one was interested.

Tony: That's kind of sad, you girls shared such a great experience.

Jenny H: There is something wrong with those people.


Tony: Not even Andrea?!

Robyn: Tony, no, not even Andrea. I don't get it.

Tony: She does try to distance herself now, it seems.

Tony: Well, at least you tried, maybe Sarah will hang out with you

Jenny H: Robyn, what did you miss the most after leaving the show?

Robyn: Jenny, just being on stage and hearing the applause. Performing and meeting all of the wonderful people I met - I miss that the most.

Julie: Did you ever do anything on stage that got you in trouble?

Robyn: It's very easy to make me laugh, so I seemed to be the target for most of them.

Julie: Who did you meet?

Robyn:: Henry Winkler was my favorite, Michael Jackson, George Steinbrenner, Muhammed Ali, Al Pacino, Beatrice Arthur, Barbra Streisand, Barry Manilow, and the list goes on...

Jeff: Where was your favorite restaurant to eat after the shows and why?

Robyn: Jeff, how about the Howard Johnson’s. Every night after the show we would get french fries and tea.

Tony: I had Thanksgiving dinner there in 1999!

Jeff: I think, Robyn, you used to order DRY spaghetti. I don't know how anybody can eat DRY spaghetti!

Robyn: Jeff, I still eat my spaghetti dry!

Tony: Well, let me tell you that you've always intrigued me. I have the Annie: A Theatre Memoir book and you always seemed like you had a cool personality. That's why I requested that you be the next person to chat with.

Robyn: A funny story about that Memoir book - there is a photo of all of us playing jacks on the floor of the dressing room. If you look carefully, Danielle and I are on the outside of that circle. That'll tell you something!!

Jeff: Let me tell you, Tony, nobody is cooooler than Robyn!

Robyn: Tony, I'm very flattered. Thanks, Jeff!!

Tony: Can you explain why the songs in the show are sooooooo high!

Robyn: Tony, they wanted us to sound like street kids who were angry and screaming

Tony: Well, it worked. Especially that Hard Knock Life after the little dance break music.

Tony: Who belts F's like that!

Robyn: Julie and I are laughing because we can't hit those notes now!

Robyn: A lot of girls lost their voices after Annie because of the high keys.

Tony: LOL!

Jenny H: Robyn, just want to say how much I appreciate you chatting with us, I have sung along with your voice a million times on the OBC recording.

Tony: Was learning the choreography hard? Who was the worst dancer?

Tony: I love that showgirl butt bump thing.

Robyn: Tony, in Smile everyone was suuposed to go up and down on their knees at the end, like Molly, but I couldn't because of my knee problem. So Peter Gennaro changed it to just Danielle. I was afraid I would get fired over it.

Robyn: Tony, Donna probably had the hardest time at first.

Tony: I'm looking at my book now and I'm laughing at the fact that Diana is in every picture with a celeb and smiling right at the camera! lol

Robyn: Tony, no other words are necessary. She always made sure she was in front and next to every celebrity

Jenny H: Robyn, how often did you get flowers the nights of the shows?

Robyn: Opening night was the only time I can remember getting flowers, or if friends came. Paul McCartney came to see the show with his wife and kids and sent us all a box of Godiva chocolate.

Jeff: Everyone out there should also know that Robyn used to steal my chocolate chip cookies. I told her I would never tell, but I feel the secret should be revealed 30 years later. LOL!

Tony: She seems like she was pretty shy, her and Janine, were they?

Robyn: Diana was not shy but Janine was a bit quieter. I don't know that I would call her shy.

Tony: Well, I've got to eat dinner now. Robyn it's been great and I hope to see you on Broadway again soon!

Robyn: Tony, thank you. Me too!

Jenny H: Do you still talk with Martin or Charles or Thomas?

Robyn: Jenny, I have not seen them in years.

Robyn: One memorable moment is that I bet George Steinbrenner a dollar that the Red Sox would beat the Yankees. As usual, the Yankees beat the Red Sox. I sent him a dollar in the mail and he sent all of us yearbooks, signed baseballs, and tickets to Yankee Stadium and eat in the clubhouse.

Jenny H: Robyn, when was your last performance in Annie and how old were you?

Robyn: June of ’78, and I was 15 years old.

Julie: Was it hard to go from working every day to being a regular kid back at school?

Robyn: Yes, it was an adjustment. You did find out who your true friends were and you know how to sniff out who wants to be your friend because you're a celebrity. It was hard not performing every night.

Julie: Hey, Jeff, was it hard watching your sister get all the attention?

Jeff: No. I was actually very proud of all the attention Robyn received.

Julie: Are you younger or older than Robyn?

Jeff: I am three and a half years older.

Jenny H: Question for Jeff: did you ever have crushes on any of the orphans or Annie?

Robyn: Hey, my brother is stealing my spotlight!!

Jenny H: Oh, Robyn, he needs his 15 minutes of fame.

Robyn: Okay, we'll give him a few minutes

Jeff: Yes - I had a major crush on Andrea, but was too shy to even talk to her.

Jeff: It was more like I wanted to date Robyn's celebrity friends!

Jeff: Any more questions??? Bring it on!

Jenny H: Jeff, you only went to see your sister ONCE on Broadway? Hmmmmm.

Jeff: I used to see Robyn every weekend while on Broadway. I think I can sing every song from the show!

Julie: I want to hear you sing Smile! I wish we had a Webcam. Can you do the dance, too?

Robyn: Jeff, should we break out into our Heart of Gold duet?

Jenny H: The Neil Young song?

Robyn: Yes!

Jeff: I can sing Tomorrow the best. My dancing skills are lacking, however.

Rachel: I saw the documentary, Robyn, and your interview was very interesting. What some of the other kids did backstage, etc. How it was hard to adjust back to normal life.

Robyn: Julie just asked that question, but, yes, it was difficult not to be performing every night and to figure out who my true friends were

Robyn: I was in the dressing room and witnessed a mom doing voodoo on her daughter to make sure her performance was perfect.

Jenny H: Robyn, did you have boys wanting to date you because you were a Broadway star?

Robyn: Jenny, not really, to my dismay. I never had a lot of boys wanting to date me - I was a late bloomer.

Jeff: As the big brother, I wouldn't let those boys anywhere near my baby sister!

Rachel: Did you see the show after you left or see the revival or any of the incarnations of "Annie"?

Robyn: I just saw the recent tour when they were in CT.

Jenny H: What did you think of it, Robyn?

Robyn: Jenny, I thought the tour was different. What struck me the most was the tilted sets, which drove me crazy. I felt like I was punch drunk.

Robyn: Jeff, you had some cute friends when I lived in California. Do you remember Gary Olze and Gary May?

Jeff: Yes, I remember them.

Robyn: Jeff, I dated them both!

Jenny H: Did you feel like you wanted to run up on stage and do the song?

Robyn: Jenny, I felt like I could slide right into Pepper again. I remembered all the lines and choreography.

Jenny H: Robyn, did you see the 20th Anniversary tour?

Robyn: No, never got a chance to see the 20th anniversary tour.

Rachel: Do you keep in touch with people you did the show with? It must be wild to reconnect with so many via Julie's site! Janine Ruane left you a message.

Robyn: Rachel, I haven't kept in touch with anyone - I tried to reconnect but no one was interested. Janine's post was nice. It brought back memories.

Julie: Okay, two more questions for Robyn and then we'll stop.

Jenny H: Robyn, did you ever mess up a line, dance move or note terribly?

Robyn: Jenny, I don't remember. I never forgot any of my lines and we all knew those dances backwards and forwards.

Rachel: Robyn, do you think show business has changed for kids now? Would you still let a kid try do theatre if they wanted to? Thanks for chatting with us!!!!

Robyn: Rachel, yes I do think the biz has changed. I think it's more difficult to get in than when we were kids. My daughter loves to sing and dance. I would hope she would want to wait until she was older. I would try to sway my daughter in another direction. It can be a very cruel business.

Jeff: Anyway, it was nice "chatting" with all of you. Good night, Robyn. Good luck, Julie.

Robyn: Thanks, Jeff. Night night.

Rachel: Good night Jeff!

Robyn: About show business. Yes, I agree. It's not for everyone. It can really play on your self-esteem.

Robyn: Okay, everyone, thanks so much for chatting. I really enjoyed it!

Jenny H: Thank you so much Robyn AND Julie for chatting with us!

Robyn: This was the most fun I've had in a long time

Rachel: Thanks Robyn! Good night!

Julie: You are so welcome.

Jenny H: ‘Nite everyone ... good chat.

*** Edited by Long John Silver ***

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Comment by Jill A. Russell on May 27, 2009 at 6:59pm
I certainly hope Broadway performers that young are NOT taken to clubs like Studio 54 anymore!
Comment by old fan on March 25, 2009 at 12:18pm
This was really interesting...I also read it before a couple of years back...it seems sad that no one kept in touch, so I think this website and LAT etc have been successful in revitalizing old friendships. Robyn was very honest (and funny) and you can read between the lines that it was a mixed bag of emotions for her in Annie.

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