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March 26th, 2008, 3:15 am #11

That's right - they ran the stands. I know my brothers helped them for a while too. We all really loved the Kennedy Center. Cassie and I both left the business in about '84-'85, but we both still love to sing. I stayed involved with dance and theater throughout college and I worked with several theaters in Chicago until I moved back to NJ 2 years ago. I work in education now but I still enjoy musical theater (as a performer, choreographer or audience member) as much as I can!
Hi Beki,

I saw you perform in Boston, along with Cassie of course. I thought you were great as Annie.

Are there any stories you can share with us about touring or any bloopers that happened on stage?

I saw the show every year that it came to Boston and then saw the show several times each year. I guess you can say I was an obsessed child But I'm proud to say I paid for my own tickets out of my babysitting money lol

I wish I had known about going to the stage door. For some reason, that wasn't something I knew to do. I have a great collection of Annie pictures, articles and audio interviews (since vcrs hadn't been invented yet). But it would have been really nice if all those programs and Playbills had been autographed.

Sadly, I wasn't able to attend the B&N event but it looks like everyone had a great time.

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March 26th, 2008, 3:19 am #12

Hmm... You know, I think a few others were in at least 2 companies but I don't know how many were in at least 3 of the original companies. (I bet someone on this forum knows though!) I loved all of them and honestly, I'm not sure if I can name a favorite. I was lucky enough to go on as Annie 17 times while I was in NYC. In fact, my first time was my first night in the city - we didn't even have time to do a full rehearsal! It was insane but fun! I remember, they also announced me as "Sandy Becket", instead of "Becky Snyder." (My mom thought for a second, that it wasn't even me!) Luckily, we were able to pull it off but there were some small changes between the 1st National and the Broadway company - that - let's just say - kept the whole cast on their toes the whole night! Good times! (Hey this posting thing is fun!)
Hi Beki,

I didn't know you were in several companies nor did I know you understudied the role on Bway. Hmmm...maybe I shouldn't be calling myself a fan! Sorry 'old fan' LOL

What were the differences between the 1st and Bway companies that kept everyone on their toes?

Do you remember playing in Boston, btw? Can you share your audition story?

~~Katherine
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March 26th, 2008, 12:33 pm #13

And you call yourself an Annie fan?

Which Annie (on tour) had a mom in the chorus? If I remember correctly, it's an Annie you saw. This is your chance to redeem yourself, old fan
Am I redeemed ?
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March 26th, 2008, 1:08 pm #14

Hi Beki,

I didn't know you were in several companies nor did I know you understudied the role on Bway. Hmmm...maybe I shouldn't be calling myself a fan! Sorry 'old fan' LOL

What were the differences between the 1st and Bway companies that kept everyone on their toes?

Do you remember playing in Boston, btw? Can you share your audition story?

~~Katherine
...two answers will be acceptable. What did Allison Smith dislike about portraying Jennie on Kate & Allie ???????
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March 26th, 2008, 2:41 pm #15

Am I redeemed ?
You're redeemed

But I messed up further in the thread, not realizing that Beki had been in several companies and on Bway. Shame on me!
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March 26th, 2008, 2:43 pm #16

...two answers will be acceptable. What did Allison Smith dislike about portraying Jennie on Kate & Allie ???????
I know she hated singing Tomorrow in one episode.

Can't think of the other - the fact that she had to play Annie, too?

Didn't really follow the kids once they left Annie. That is, I know a tad more about them while they were in the show - if that makes sense.

Am I redeemed?


Gotta go...off to yoga.
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March 26th, 2008, 4:50 pm #17

You are redeemed ! The other answer is that Allison hated the Jennie wardrobe- too preppy ! LOL I put this question in because of your comments on the 70's KV styles...were the 80's any better ????
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March 26th, 2008, 4:53 pm #18

...two answers will be acceptable. What did Allison Smith dislike about portraying Jennie on Kate & Allie ???????
The only thing I ever heard that Allison didn't like about playing Jennie on Kate and Allie was that she hated the preppy outfits her character wore.

She also objected because they made her sing "Tomorrow" on the show ("They assumed that was the only song I know!").
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March 26th, 2008, 5:12 pm #19

..although seems to me in the very last (and bad) season, Jennie wore a different style, such as ripped jeans, more make-up etc...and she sang "Goodbye to You" REALLY well !

(I hate to admit that I liked Jennie's wardrobe, and wore similar things around that time LOL, but at least I did not have an Amy Carter jumpsuit !)
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March 26th, 2008, 7:59 pm #20

I remember when Allison sang "Goodbye to You" the former hit song by Scandal featuring Patty Smyth, and she did a terrific job!

The Smiths invited me to New York for a couple of tapings, and it was interesting to see how a sitcom episode is put together. The first one was when Martha Byrne played a very sophisticated classmate of Jennie's who was a bad influence on her and made her smoke and shoplift. It was nice to be there for that one, because then I got to meet Martha for the first time too.

The day before I was scheduled to go was (and still is) the coldest day recorded since the early 1940s in New York City, and I was hoping it would warm up the next day so I wouldn't have to travel into the city in such adverse conditions. Fortunately, it did warm up considerably after that one historic day that practically shut life down in the city (January 21, 1985) and all went well.

The second taping was the next season when Jennie was sexually harassed by her boss at work. Brian Bloom was attending that taping too (his studio at As The World Turns was next door), and that was the period where he and Allison were joined at the hip socially. I think that was when I also met Ari Meyers. Unfortunately, I never did meet Jane or Susan.

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