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‘Nanny’ actor Charles Shaughnessy stars in ‘La Cage’ at NMST

By his own admission, Charles Shaughnessy felt a little overwhelmed when he started rehearsals for “La Cage Aux Folles” at the North Shore Music Theatre. Best known for his TV work on “The Nanny,” Shaughnessy (inset) plays Georges in the show, and the role requires a bit more singing than he’s used to doing on stage. (“La Cage” opens Tuesday at the Beverly theater and runs through Oct. 6.) “It’s a part that I’ve always been intrigued with. It fits into my wheelhouse,” Shaughnessy told us. “But all the singing makes it a good challenge for me. As Henry Higgins or Arthur in ‘Camelot,’ you can get away with a more speaky Richard Harris approach.” Shaughnessy, who last played NSMT in a 2011 production of “My Fair Lady,” said his TV background, especially on the soap opera “Days of Our Lives,” prepared him well for working on the stage. “Soaps are great. You learn to work very fast — some say superficially, but that’s not really true. You do some very serious character work,” he said. “I’ve never had any feelings about a stigma attached to it, and nowadays there seems to be less snobbery about what you do. More and more big names are doing TV and commercials and voiceovers.”

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