Looking Back: An Interview with Valerie Harper on ‘Looped’ and Her Theatre Career by Joel Markowitz

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valerieharpercandidWhen I heard that Valerie Harper had dropped out of the National Tour of Looped, (replaced by Stephanie Powers) I knew that it had to be something terrible that would keep this trouper off the stage, and then it was revealed that Valerie was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer.

The first thing I did was to try to find the podcast I recorded on June 2, 2009 with Valerie Harper at The Lincoln Theatre when she was appearing in Looped at Arena Stage. It still remains my favorite podcast and interview because, as you listen to it, you will hear and feel the joy we both felt in that small dressing room while we were schmoozing about Valerie’s theatre career – a subject very few interviewers ever talked to her about. And although I spent only an hour with her, I felt like I knew Valerie all my life and that she was one of my lifetime best friends. It’s an hour I will never forget, and luckily I have this wonderful souvenir.

Valerie Harper plays Tallulah Bankhead in Matthew Lombardo's comedy 'Looped.' Photo by Carol Rosegg. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music-arts/valerie-harper-pays-tribute-dissolute-star-tallulah-bankhead-looped-article-1.174848#ixzz2MuX5bHpk
Valerie Harper as Tallulah Bankhead in Matthew Lombardo’s comedy ‘Looped.’ Photo by Carol Rosegg.

So thanks to Lorraine Treanor at DCTheatreScene for her wonderful work in editing this joyous 28 minute podcast.

Listen to my interview with Valerie Harper!


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Joel Markowitz
Joel Markowitz is the Publisher and Editor of DCMetroTheaterArts. He founded the site with his brother Bruce to help promote the vast riches of theatre and the arts in the DC Metro area that includes Maryland, Virginia, and DC theater and music venues, universities, schools, Children's theaters, professional, and community theatres. Joel is an advocate for promoting the 'stars of the future' in his popular 'Scene Stealers' articles. He wrote a column for 5 years called ‘Theatre Schmooze’ and recorded podcast interviews for DC Theatre Scene. His work can also be seen and read on BroadwayStars. Joel also wrote a monthly preview of what was about to open in DC area theatres for BroadwayWorld. He is an avid film and theater goer, and a suffering Buffalo Bills and Sabres fan. Joel was a regular guest on 'The Lunch and Judy Show' radio program starring Judy Stadt in NYC. Joel founded The Ushers Theatre Going Group in the DC area in 1990, which had a 25-year run when it took its final curtain call last year. Joel is a proud member of The American Critics Association.