Actor Daggett gets to do it all in ‘Wonderful Life’
By Bill Buell
Larry Daggett stars as all the characters in “This Wonderful Life,” a stage adaptation of the Frank Capra classic film “It’s a Wonderful Life.” (Aleksey Photography)
Larry Daggett has the good looks to play the leading-man type, but that’s not what inspires him to act. “Everybody wants to be a character actor,” said Daggett, who plays more than 30 different people in the one-man show “This Wonderful Life,” which begins with previews Friday at 8 p.m. at the Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany and opens next Tuesday. “If you play the leading man, there are restrictions. You have to be very handsome and physically robust, and on top of that you can’t be angry, you can’t be mean, you can’t be conniving. You can’t be any of those things.”
In “This Wonderful Life,” Steve Murray’s play based on Frank Capra’s 1946 film “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Daggett gets to do it all. He plays all the characters in the town of Bedford Falls, including George Bailey, the character brought to life on the screen by the one and only Jimmy Stewart.
Read the full interview by the GAZETTE'S BILL BUELL with the captivating LARRY DAGGETT:
All the pleasure of Frank Capra’s classic movie – in only 70 minutes!
Based on the film, here’s the story of George Bailey, the good guy who comes to see himself as others do while confronting terrible hardship at the hand of Mr. Potter. You’ll meet the whole gang – Jimmy Stewart’s George Bailey, Donna Reed's Mary Hatch, town floozy Violet Bick and of course, Clarence, the endearing angel who needs wings.