New Times: What were you thinking, going on the road?
Ann-Margret: Through the years I had offers to do Broadway and I would always just say no. I couldn't take that commitment. I couldn't leave my family, my friends, our home, our kitties!
Had you ever seen the show before?
No! None of the principals had either. So it's fun; we're looking at it through fresh new eyes.
Why take such a grueling job with eight performances a week at this point in your life?
I've never thought of it as work. I could not do this if I didn't love it. I'm passionate about it. I've always wanted to be an entertainer, a performer. I look forward to going to the theater every night. When I saw this particular script, I thought this is really good. It has slapstick, it's very poignant, very dramatic.
What's the best thing about doing what you do for a living?
Being able to contribute. Being able to make people feel.