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Meet Mrs. Robinson: Lorraine Bracco's the Latest 'Soprano' to Try Broadway

Magazine article Newsweek

Meet Mrs. Robinson: Lorraine Bracco's the Latest 'Soprano' to Try Broadway

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Byline: Marc Peyser

Looking for an extra fix of "The Sopranos"? This fall, the cast is all over the New York theater: Edie Falco ("Frankie and Johnny"), Jamie-Lynn Sigler ("Beauty and the Beast"), John Ventimiglia and Dominic Chianese ("The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui"). Next week it's Lorraine Bracco's turn, as she steps into Mrs. Robinson's stilettos in "The Graduate" on Broadway. Bracco talked to NEWSWEEK's Marc Peyser about her new stage career, her little TV show and what she tells New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg when they do lunch:

PEYSER: This is your Broadway debut. Why put yourself out there now?

BRACCO: I'm always looking for things to challenge me, and since I sing in Billy Joel's key, my musical career is out. I feel like it's getting a Ph.D. in acting. It's something I've really never done before.

It's one thing to challenge yourself. It's another to do a play with a nude scene.

The lighting is the trick in anything, don't you know that?

So you don't prepare? No crash diets?

No crash diets. I am what I am. Anyway, the nude scene is quick. I hope people don't blink.

You "Sopranos" stars could almost start your own acting troupe.

Isn't that cute? We can only do it until February. That's when we go back to "The Sopranis."

Sopranis? Is that some Italian plural thing?

That's our term of endearment for "Sopranos."

Do you all go see each other perform?

I've seen Edie. Thought she was terrific.

She's nude too!

Very.

I imagine you had an easy time scoring tickets to the Pacino play, "Arturo Ui. …

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