Long before Lin-Manuel Miranda became the belle of the Broadway ball, "Les Miserables" crossed over into pop-music success to become a household name. Tony winner Frances Ruffelle originated the role of Eponine in the show's first production.
She joins Cheddar to discuss her new monthly residency in New York City. "Frances Ruffelle Live(s) in New York" is her recurring cabaret show showing at The Green Room 42 on February 1st.
Ruffelle explains what it's like collaborating with actor Craig Bierko in this month's show. The two live together and balance their on-stage artistry with their off-stage personal lives. She reveals her favorite numbers of the production and whether or not she sings in the shower.
The actress and singer looks back at Broadway's historic box office run in recent months. She says the industry is incredibly volatile and trends in ticket sales should never be taken at face value. She also weighs in on the Time's Up and #MeToo movements, revealing she's fortunate to have never dealt with any mistreatment in her field.