Andrew Mueller (Mark Cohen) in rehearsal for RENT at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, IL.
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Everyone should totally go check out “Boyfred”, it’s a new web-series pilot put together by Alan Schmuckler, Michael Mahler, and Jarrod Zimmerman, who are all very talented actors/musicians in their own right. The first episode features Jessie Mueller as Girlfred and it’s awesome, so go give it a watch!
Hey everybody! I just wanted to say thank you so much, as of this week we have over 130 followers!!!! That’s really awesome and we’re so super grateful for your support! Though, obviously, the real credit goes to the Muellers for being so talented and kickass.
Here’s what we want. YOU. Not literally but we really really want your input! What do you want to see more of? What do you like that we do? Are there any specific people you want to see more of? As much as I run this because I want to, it really is about you and what you want! Want more photos of one of the handsome Mueller brothers? We can do that. More photos of the gorgeous Mueller ladies? We can do that too! More gifs? Totally can do. More audios? Whatever we can find! Just drop us an ask and shout it out!
Oh baby what you’ve done to me.
You make me feel so good inside.
And I just wanna be close to you
You make me feel alive.
Check out Josh Franklin and Abby Mueller singing “Much Anticipated”, the title track on his solo album, at 54 Below last week!
Mueller family matriarch Jill Shellabarger dazzles in First Folio’s production of “Driving Miss Daisy”.
Dad and Daughter Take Walk in ‘Woods’
By: Myrna Petlicki
Veteran actor Roger Mueller of Evanston hasn’t offered any advice to the young woman who plays his daughter in Marriott Theatre’s “Into the Woods.” That’s because he has often watched her work in amazement.
It could be considered a case of fatherly pride because — as it turns out — the actor who plays Cinderella to his Cinderella’s father is his real life daughter. Audiences who have watched Abby Mueller in such Marriott productions as “Once Upon a Time in New Jersey” “Oliver!” and “Brigadoon,” have realized she’s an impressive talent.
But it’s still fascinating to hear Roger talk about the first time he shared a stage with his daughter, for Marriott’s production of “Oliver!” Roger played the role of Mr. Brownlow; Abby was in the ensemble, understudying the lead role of Nancy. One night, when lead Kate Fry became ill, Abby took her place.
"She had done the scene with the stage manager, but we had never done it together," Roger recalled. "I was having a very difficult time because I kept looking at her face and thinking, ‘That’s my little girl?’ But she was so into it and so focused, it snapped me out of it and made me get serious. It was a night to remember."
Roger said that it has always been a wonder watching his daughter onstage. “I sound like a father bragging, don’t I?” he questioned, then quickly added, “It’s not really bragging. It’s observation.”
Abby said being in a show with her father is “truly cool. He’s my dad, but once you’re there it’s another actor. It’s more offstage that you notice it because we can pal around.”
Pal around? Abby’s not joking. In addition to admiring each other’s work, father and daughter seem to have a close relationship. Runs in the family.
It probably helps that Abby wasn’t pushed to follow in the footsteps of her dad and mother, actress Jill Shellabarger. In fact, Abby, and her younger sister, Jessie, who also is a Chicago actor, didn’t do theater until high school. But the spark was ignited earlier.
"The first show I remember is my dad in ‘1776.’ He played John Adams when I was six," Abby said. "I remember thinking, ‘Wow, that was great!’" Roger won a Jeff Award for that 1987 performance.
After earning a theater degree from Indiana University, Abby returned to Chicago and launched her professional career. Roger may not volunteer advice, but Abby sometimes asks for it from both of her parents. “I value their opinion very much,” she said. “It’s more fun to watch it happen to (my daughters) than when good things happen to yourself. It’s exhilarating,” Roger said.
Although the Muellers are playing fairy tale characters, “Into the Woods” is hardly a fable. “It’s not the typical fairy tale,” Abby said. “It delves deeper into ‘what was that really like?’ and the internal trouble (Cinderella) goes through getting what she wants and seeing whether she really likes it.” The show takes a dark turn in the second act. Abby said that the piece is relevant because “there’s always something going on that’s bigger than everybody, and you have to fight it.”
Roger said the creators, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, “really captured an essence of the tragedy, and the sorrow and the joy and the frustration of human existence. Recently, we’ve felt a lot of sorrow and a lot of pain in 9/11 and the crushing weight of Katrina — things that we can’t explain.”
He said that Sondheim and Lapine “have a lot to warn the audience about.” And they are telling people, “Don’t let this get you down, because it will teach you how to handle it the next time it happens.”
(Abby and her father Roger appeared together in the Marriott Lincolnshire production of “Into the Woods” in 2005.)
Oh my goodness! Thank you to whoever left this photo in our submissions because we are so honored and flattered to be recommended by Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann! We’re huge fans of theirs and this is absolutely thrilling! You can hear a sampling of the incredible work of this duo in Beautiful: The Carole King musical, which features some of their many hits, including: “On Broadway”, “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling”, “He’s Sure the Boy I Love”, “We’ve Gotta Get Out of this Place”, and “Walkin’ in the Rain”!
Thanks again for the shout out, this made our day/week/year!
Jessie Mueller performs an acoustic version of “Beautiful” on WNYC.