Where are you from? Born and raised in New York. Farmingville, Long Island.
Broadway credits: Guys and Dolls, Beauty and the Beast, Wonderful Town,The Pajama Game, A Chorus Line, The People in the Picture, Anything Goes, Nice Work If You Can Get it, and now Fiddler.
How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? I got a call from casting. It was Johnson Liff back then, and I was with my friend and fellow Broadway vet Kevin Ligon. As he describes it, I was literally dancing around the room, running and sliding on the floors doing choreography while I was getting the details. It was amazing.
What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? Opening night. It never gets old.
What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? The way it’s changed. When I first started, shows like Guys and Dolls and How to Succeed, etc. were plentiful. Great for a traditional song-and-dance man like me. Now there are fewer shows like that per season (exceptions like On the Town and An American in Paris) and more hip hop, rock, and r&b styles.
What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? I love writing and making movies. The quality of television especially is inspiring. I walked by HBO by Bryant Park the other day and took a selfie, putting it out to the universe that I would be a series regular next year on an HBO show.
If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… Tom Hanks or Steven Spielberg or a current astronaut.
If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… that’s tough, because I’m really enjoying my life right now. Since I mentioned astronaut, then maybe a Russian astronaut living on the space station.
To be successful in this business, it takes… clarity (really knowing what you want), a great work ethic, working well with others, and having a hard shell or an ability to let things roll off your back and keep moving on. I continuously force myself to let stuff roll off. It’s tough. Also very important to know and own your strengths and weaknesses and deal with them accordingly.
Tell us a secret. If I told you, it wouldn’t be a secret. No. As successful as I’ve been, I’m still scared that people will think I’m a sham and don’t really have as much talent as they think I do.