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Wishful Drinking’s Carrie Fisher and Ragtime’s Savannah Wise in the news

CARRIE FISHER, STAR OF ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY’S WISHFUL DRINKING

AND RAGTIME’S SAVANNAH WISE

FEATURED IN THE DAILY NEWS

Carrie Fisher, currently starring in Roundabout Theatre Company’s Wishful Drinking and Savannah Wise, who plays legendary Vaudeville actress Evelyn Nesbit in the upcoming revival of Ragtime are featured in The Daily News in an article on daughters of performing parents who are following in their footsteps.

Daughters of B’way

Showbiz may be in their genes, but it still takes hard work to succeed.

By Patrick Huguenin

Even in entertainment, there’s such a thing as a family business and, for three women taking the New York stage this fall, the business is Broadway.

Carrie Fisher, Savannah Wise and Vivian Nixon were born to performing parents and chose to follow in their footsteps. Fisher, 52, is the most established of the three and stands solo in “Wishful Drinking,” which opens tonight. She’s been famous since she played Princess Leia in “Star Wars” and has since spent three decades on stage, screen and TV. She’s written screenplays, books and sitcoms.

In her one-woman show, she reveals her parents gave her more than a passion for performance, they gave her material. Fisher grew up fascinated by her movie-star mother, Debbie Reynolds, and her father, the singer Eddie Fisher, who divorced Reynolds when Fisher was 2 to marry Elizabeth Taylor. Though Reynolds hasn’t appeared on Broadway since 1983, and Fisher has been absent from the New York stage for even longer, her prominent parents are omnipresent in Fisher’s play.

“My parents had this incredibly vital relationship with an audience, like muscle and blood,” Fisher says in the show, which is based on her memoir of the same name. “This was the main competition I had for my parents’ attention, an audience.”

If the competition was stiff, it was inspiring. For Fisher, a true daughter of Hollywood, life was lived on display. Wise and Nixon, both in their 20s, knew they were similarly destined. Wise is the daughter of Scott Wise, a Tony Award winner who met her mother, Kiel Junius, then a dancer, on the Broadway tour of “A Chorus Line.”

“She was playing Maggie and my dad was playing Mike,” says Wise. “They got married, my dad moved on to the Broadway company as Mike and she followed soon after as Tricia and understudied other roles. Very soon after she started into ‘A Chorus Line’ on Broadway, she discovered she was pregnant.”

TO READ THE REST OF THE FEATURE, CLICK HERE.

TICKET INFORMATION:

Tickets for WISHFUL DRINKING are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300 and online at www.roundabouttheatre.org.

www.roundabouttheatre.org

Tickets for RAGTIME are available by calling Ticketmaster at 212-307-4100 or visiting www.ticketmaster.com.

www.ragtimebroadway.com

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