In our brand-new NewYork.com series, we are going behind the scenes with Broadway stars for an intimate peek at the places where they get ready before the curtain goes up, and regroup during intermission. The spaces are as unique as the actors themselves. We are kicking it off with Jennifer Mudge, who plays Gloria in the brand-new musical Rocky, based on Sylvester Stallone’s classic 1976 film. Mudge, who last starred in the Broadway play The Philanthropist with Matthew Broderick, plays the sassy, yet compassionate Gloria, who owns the pet store where Adrian (Rocky’s love) works. (Savvy movie fans will notice that Gloria is the show’s only leading character that did not appear in the film.) Mudge’s dressing room is a very personal oasis, full of keepsakes like a picture with her fiancé (fellow Broadway actor Chris Henry Coffey), gifts from her co-stars and one cherished memento that is always in her dressing room.
“My door, featuring a caricature my dear friend Brian Keane made for opening night of my character, Gloria. AC/DC T-shirt and all (left). The amazing decoupage plate Tom Meehan [Rocky cowriter, who also wrote the musical Annie] had commissioned. It’s self-explanatory. (And awesome.) We will forever be bonded 1) because he named Annie’s parents Ralph and Shirley Mudge, clearly heralding me into his life. And 2) because he wrote the part of Gloria, a non-movie character, that I have had the privilege to originate (right).”
“A general view of my room, including an orchid from Stage Entertainment on our first day at the Winter Garden. The small pic on the wall is of my parents on their wedding day in ’72 and the fan above it is something my dad brought back from Singapore on the 70’s! (Our show is set in ’75/’76).”
“A close up of a pic with my fiancé Chris Coffey a few days after we got engaged in Puerto Rico, a figurine that castmate Dakin Matthews made of Gloria (he did the entire cast!), and a little magnet that my mom made for me years ago (it’s been in every dressing room since). It’s a little girl sitting at a dressing table, holding her hat, and my mom found a pic of me as a girl in the same pose and photoshopped sunglasses on me so they would match. It’s hilarious and special and just became one of those things that makes my dressing room mine.”
“This is wardrobe’s plea for more candy! I made homemade turtle candies for everyone for opening, and obviously I have more to make!”