Member Spotlight: Mimi Bessette

Posted: March 14, 2014 in Member Spotlight
Mimi Bessette

Mimi Bessette

I met Mimi Bessette at the last Broadway Artist sConnection Show where she not only sang “And I Will Follow” beautifully but also brought this positive energy and helpfulness to our project. What I learned about Mimi is that she is a doer and a team player and that is why her schedule is booked with an array of projects any day of the week.  These are traits necessary for a sustainable life in theater so it’s no wonder that is her goal and she is living it.
A little background on Mimi.  She landed THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS as her first Broadway show followed by a few Off Broadway and regional productions. This was a time she enjoyed for she got to originate a number of roles in some of the best regional houses as well as national tours.  Naturally, however, she wanted to get back to Broadway and it was her audition for 9 to 5 (which she didn’t get) that led her to an invitation to audition for what would become her most recent Broadway show BONNIE & CLYDE which ran in 2011.
When asked “what would you like to say to those seeking a life in the theater,” I loved Mimi’s answer for I don’t hear this often. “I would personally suggest you get to know your producers.”  Now I have heard artists say it’s important to get to know your directors, choreographers & casting agents but too often I see performers keep an arms distance from the producers as if they are from another world….a world outside of the creative where people wear suits and talk about money.  But Mimi has found a new breed of producer, one where creativity and heart is as much a driver as it is for her.  She speaks in the highest regard for her friend Van Dean (producer of BONNIE & CLYDE, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, EVITA, CINDERELLA, MATILDA and several albums to name a few).
Van Dean not only took the time to get to know Mimi through the shows they did together but he also brought her into the most special project of the year, FROM BROADWAY WITH LOVE, a concert he co-produced in Newtown Connecticut to benefit those from Sandy Hook Elementary.   Mimi reciprocated as well.  She connected him with a caterer, Sterling Affair, who donated their services for the reception.  When producers and artists collaborate wonderful things can happen and there is no doubt the impact of that event will go way beyond the Broadway community.
It is true that we all need each other to make theater magic happen but what I also find is that each and every Broadway Alumni (current performer or former), has an array of talents and ways of expressing them.  I recently learned of Mimi’s album Lullabies of Broadway where her divine voice can soothe any baby (or adult for that matter) to sleep with happy, gentle thoughts & dreams.  What a terrific, creative use of her talents!  Although this album was created a few years ago, sales have recently spiked and another album just may be in the works.  I hope so!  You can buy her album on her website listed below.
The Broadway Alumni Connection is proud to have Mimi Bessette as a member and we recommend you learn more about her at www.mimibessette.com.

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