Where are you from? Born in L.A. brought up in NY (mostly on Long Island)
Broadway credits: Man of La Mancha, The Rothschilds, The Magic Show, Creation of the World and Other Business, The Moony Shapiro Songbook, Cats, Me and My Girl (Tony Nom), Grand Hotel, Lost in Yonkers, Beauty and the Beast, La Boheme, Tarzan, The Lyons, Phantom of the Opera, (also: The Red Shoes and The Baker’s Wife)
How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? I was coming into town on days off from my job at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton (my first job). I had no agent at the time and relied on the great BACKSTAGE MAGAZINE for notices of open calls. I had recently auditioned for the tours of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and MAN OF LA MANCHA and about a week later got calls from the casting offices of both shows offering me parts in both productions. I chose LA MANCHA.
What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? In my experience, Broadway is less of a “community” than a “shopping center.” Not that people who work on the street aren’t great… and I do have lots of friends who work in these theaters. But the “community” activities that appeal to me most are union meetings… Discussions about the issues and concerns of the industry - especially its for-profit (commercial) component - Broadway and the other “Production Contract” employments - are events I really enjoy participating in. Other than that, I really like opening nights - especially of shows I’m in.
What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? I’m fascinated by lure of the marketplace and the tenacity on the part of some of our commercial producers to “take a chance” on new works. That, plus I get the most satisfying creative rush from participating in the development of new characters.
What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? I’m inspired by the brave whistle-blowers who, at grave risk to themselves, reveal the most serious corrosions infecting our great nation.
If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… Bernie Sanders, the politician I admire most.
If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… anyone on “my team.” “A day” is not a long time, so…I would pick a friend. Besides the thrill of experiencing another’s life experience, it might be at least instructive to observe and to know myself from a friend’s point of view.
To be successful in this business, it takes… faith in oneself and unflagging perseverance.
Tell us a secret. No. It’s a secret.