Entertainment Spotlight: Sue LeGate

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Janis Joplin, Mama Cass, Mary Travers, Grace Slick, Cher, Joan Baez—Sue LeGate does ’em all in Summer of Love, a musical comedy that trips back in time to the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. “It is truly an actress’s dream,” says LeGate about her role, for whom it’s also déjà vu: She’s reprising it from a successful 2008 run at Off Broadstreet in Nevada City. “To run backstage, put on a completely different costume, and go out and be that character is a great adventure in theater.” A longtime fixture on the Nevada City theater scene—the actress/director/producer has a local production company, LeGacy, which she runs with her husband and son—LeGate, 51, has a quick retort when asked whether she’s had vocal training. “Nothing that Budweiser and a cigarette won’t cure,” she says, laughing. “I won’t say the vocals aren’t challenging. But I’m really, really lucky that I’m able to do this without any training and without straining my voice.” While she’s come to feel at home singing ’60s classics like Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart,” the music is largely new territory for LeGate. “I grew up in Folsom listening to The Osmonds and The Partridge Family,” she quips. “Maybe I was a little too white bread.” Written and directed by Off Broadstreet co-owner John Driscoll, Summer of Love continues through Aug. 28. The theater is at 305 Commercial St. in Nevada City. For more information, visit offbroadstreet.com or call (530) 265-8686.