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Bakula Happy To Have 'No Strings' in Theatre Career

By Michelle
May 9, 2007 - 9:25 PM

Scott Bakula (Captain Archer) said that he is happy to be "where I started" - performing onstage - and would like to return to Broadway, but his children's lives in Los Angeles have prevented him from moving across the country to do so.

"You're out here [in L.A.] and you do TV and movies, which is so fast and so different. It had been 18 years since I had sat and rehearsed a show for more than a minute," Bakula told Los Angeles' Daily News. He had "sort of stepped out of that world" of theatre for many years to perform in films and television, including Quantum Leap and Star Trek: Enterprise.

Bakula is currently rehearsing the Richard Rodgers musical No Strings, where he was somewhat embarrassed to be told by a younger colleague that her first Broadway musical was Romance/Romance - a show in which Bakula earned a Tony Award nomination nearly 20 years ago. "Hey, I'm grateful," Bakula said. "I can think of the first show on Broadway I ever saw, and how affected I was by that."

A veteran of many years of touring companies and New York stages, Bakula's biggest project after the cancellation of Enterprise was a new production of Shenandoah at Ford's Theatre, which was particularly pleasing for the actor because that had been the first musical Bakula saw on Broadway as well as his first professional job, playing one of the younger characters.

No Strings, which is about a writer struggling with writer's block, has "a lot to sink your teeth into...which isn't always the case in musical comedy," Bakula explained. "Each day, I fall in love with it more and more."

But a return to Broadway might be a few years off. "I love New York, and I love the theater there, but it's, 'Do I love it enough to yank my kids out of school and relocate them?'" mused Bakula.

No Strings runs at the Freud Playhouse at UCLA. Information is here.

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