Adams’ work in “Enchanted” paid off, and she was recently nominated for a Golden Globe as best actress in a comedy or musical.
In the mid-1990s, Michael Brindisi, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres artistic director, traveled to a Colorado theater production of “Crazy for You,” scouting for a male lead.
When the actress who played Patsy in the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres production left the show, “immediately Amy came to mind,” Brindisi said. “She came in and took over the part.”
“She was a free spirit,” Vierling recalled. When it comes to her roles at the dinner theater, Brindisi glows at the thought of Adams in “Brigadoon.”
Brindisi’s daughter, Cat, was 6 years old when she appeared in “Brigadoon.” He keeps a production photo of Adams holding his daughter in her arms. “I look at it every day,” he said.
Buoyed by her film experience, Adams decided to move to California to seek a film career. She left during the run of “Good News.”
“I was thrilled. I could see she had a big star coming,” Brindisi said.
While “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” has already been forgotten in the dustbin of film history, Adams’ star has steadily risen. She has performed in numerous television shows and movies, including a small acting role beside Leonardo DiCaprio in “Catch Me if You Can.”
Then, in 2006, Adams was nominated for best supporting actress Academy Award for her performance in “Junebug,” shooting her into the stratosphere.
The last time Vierling spoke with Adams, she relayed how strange it was to be cast as a real princess, when all preceding Disney princess had been animated. “When she’s walking down the street, or trying to get a hamburger, people think she’s a Disney princess. Children think she’s a princess,” Vierling said. “She said it’s very odd. People treat her much differently now. It’s a really strange feeling (for her).”
“We do really first-rate productions,” Brindisi said. “It’s not a cheesy dinner theater. It’s a first-rate operation that attracts this quality of talent,” he said. Howland has received many inquiries about Adams. “I am getting a lot of those calls, and image is one of these things that is important to a young person that is bursting on the scene in a big way,” Howland said.
“Because she’s been good to us, we need to be protective of her, careful of who we talk to,” said Howland, who noted that the “National Enquirer,” was one of the publications that have contacted the theater.
“Amy has been great to be open about where she got her start, and she’s very humble about giving credit to different people who have helped her along the way,” Howland said.