'Ugly Betty's Becki Newton Debuts on Stage with 'Girl Crazy'


We're used to seeing Becki Newton's Amanda team up with Marc to scheme against Betty on television. However, the Ugly Betty actress isn't just limiting herself to that role. Last week, she made her theatre debut in the City Center Encores! production of the Gershwin musical "Girl Crazy."


Newton starred opposite her real-life husband Chris Diamantopoulous on the musical, and played the character Molly Gray. The actress told TheatreMania about her debut, along with her plans to work onstage alongside her Betty co-star Michael Urie.


"Girl Crazy" is set in the 1930s, a depression-era musical about a New Yorker stuck in a Western cow town. On her character, Molly, Becki Newton said, "Molly is a cowgirl who meets this guy in a funny outfit and doesn't really know what to do with him and there's a lot of humor in putting those characters together."


The star even consulted her Ugly Betty castmates about this decision of hers, seeing as how Vanessa Williams is a veteran of Encores. Meanwhile, Urie has theatre background as well.


"I've talked with Vanessa about this. Actually, I ask her about everything, like what should I eat for breakfast? Vanessa gives advice to all of us. I did call Michael yesterday, who trained at Julliard. I can ask him questions I might feel silly asking anyone else, like how do I project my voice without seeming like I've screaming in someone's face," Newton explained.


She then went on to say that she and Urie are already working on another production together. "We're already planning one that we're going to premiere at Feinstein's at Loews Regency in February. Michael and I play these two supporting characters who desperately want to be on Broadway," Becki revealed. "We're tentatively calling it Broadway, Please!"


While that stage show might take a while to be fulfilled, there's still Ugly Betty to look forward to. Becki Newton has been pleased with how her character's been changing this season, and is happy at how challenging the role's becoming.


"What I love about this season is that she's finally realizing there's more to life than being the receptionist. She's growing and she wants to be taken seriously, or as seriously as Amanda can be taken," Newton said. "I like that the writers are taking these challenges and they're not making it so easy. She's not going to suddenly be running the company tomorrow, and she's not going to suddenly take the moral high ground, but she is going to try and figure out what that is."


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