Mindy McCready’s life was cut tragically short in 2013 after struggling with her personal demons for many years. Prior to her public downfall, Mindy experienced enormous musical success in the mid to late 1990s when she achieved a double platinum album, Ten Thousand Angels, and a Number 1 single, “Guys Do It All the Time.”
As the years ticked on, Mindy’s music career faltered, releasing less monumental projects up until 2010. While her livelihood was becoming less fruitful, she was also experiencing failed relationships, notably with actor Dean Cain and baseball player Roger Clemens. Dealing with multiple upsets would be difficult on anybody, but especially for someone who is predisposed to addiction and disruptive behavior. Mindy found herself repeatedly arrested for drugs and violence and attempted suicide on several occasions. Ultimately, Mindy’s vices led to her untimely death at the age of thirty-seven.
Mindy’s troubled life is now being taken to the stage to share her peaks and valleys with theater fans. Actress Jennifer Blake will be playing the lead character and explained to Rolling Stone Country why she decided that this was a role on which she couldn’t pass.
I grew up in a small town, singing forever. I loved her ambition, her drive — which is a lot of what we are focused on the show — and her real deep, deep love for the men in her life, including her brothers. We started to notice a theme of all the different men in her life and how that formed and informed different songs she would sing along the way. It just lends itself to such a good tribute, telling her life through her own songs. To me, that was fascinating. There were a lot of those ‘oh my gosh’ moments, the synchronicities of her life. She wanted it so bad and when she got it so fast and skyrocketed and kind of burned out quickly, she spent the rest of her life trying to get back to that double-platinum country megastar. But she was an easy target.
McCready the Musical will open at Los Angeles’ Spirit Studio and will run from May 8th to June 12th, with plans of possibly touring the show following the stint. What ticket-holders can expect from the lead actress is someone who truly embraces her role and feels emotionally attached to the artist whom she portrays.
It sounds sort of actor-y to say, but I’m a fan, too. A lot of people know the negative parts of her life and there is some of that [in the play] because that’s a large chunk of her life — making not necessarily the best decisions and surrounding herself with not necessarily the best people. The hardest thing has been trying to figure out which parts of her life to focus in on, because there are so many stories within the story.
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