Hometown: Staten Island, New York
Current role: Analise Scarpaci plays Lydia Hillard, the eldest of three children, in Mrs. Doubtfire.
Credits: Scarpaci made his Broadway debut in the set of 2012 A Christmas story. She then appeared in Matilda before landing her first starring role as Lydia Hillard in Mrs. Doubtfire. Scarpaci can also be seen in short films Comedians and we will come back.
“My parents are very musical. Their wedding song was ‘All I Ask Of You’ by The Phantom of the Opera. So, I guess you could say that musicals were already in my blood. I wanted my 16th birthday to be so much fun and it’s around Halloween. In true Scorpio fashion, I had a Bad-sweet 16 theme. I consider myself more of a Glinda, but my moon is in Elphaba.
“Doing theater in New York and on Broadway has always been my dream, I actually found something I wrote in second grade that says, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” My response was, ‘I want to be the lead in a Broadway show.'”
“My very first Broadway audition was for Billy Elliot, which is my favorite musical. I was very stressed, had a panic attack in front of the whole creative team and ran out of the room. At the time, we did not know that I had felt the first symptoms of Crohn’s disease. I think it’s important for people to know that people with invisible conditions like mine are able to do things that normal people can do. A few nights ago I had my treatment in the morning and then went to rehearsal and did the show in the evening. I can’t even describe to you how I felt. I wanted to crawl into my bed and cry. I did the whole show and I was very proud of myself. I wasn’t going to let this little beast in me ruin anything.”
“Besides all that is funny, [Mrs. Doubtfire] has all that heart and soul with an amazing message. My character, Lydia, her whole story revolves around the relationship between her and her father. It’s really great that I can have this moment and also bring my relationship with my own father to the show. My family is my whole world, and being part of a show that is about family, love, and acceptance. It’s a great gift, and I’m so honored to be a part of it.”
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