We are cousins but we always felt like sisters. During our growing up years our families were constantly together with all the kids sharing the blame, the bicycles, the pilfered food, the hideouts. The grandparents, parents and endless aunts and uncles talked and cooked and drank while we revolved around them in an energetic dance. We occasionally dipped into the pool of adults for a Band-Aid, just one more popsicle, or the necessary Word that would settle a fight. Sometimes we would spy on them, eavesdrop on conversations or listen to Audrie do wicked imitations of the Aunt from Boston whose broad accent was astonishing and hilarious to us. She went on from this early staircase theater to star with Clint Eastwood in "Sudden Impact", various other movies, the judge on "Law and Order" and Broadway shows. She had a small part in "Doubt" which I wrote about in an earlier blog. She is hard-working and cool, a very good actress with a big heart and she always, always makes me laugh.
Sister Act! Now a wish has come true and she has the part of Sister Mary Lazurus (see nun at the piano in the video above) in "Sister Act" which will open at the Broadway Theatre in New York City on April 18, with previews starting March 24.