PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Hello Again's Alan Campbell

Cue and A   PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Hello Again's Alan Campbell
 
Tony Award nominee Alan Campbell, currently starring in the Transport Group Off-Broadway revival of Michael John LaChiusa's Hello Again, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Alan Campbell
Alan Campbell

Campbell made his Broadway debut as Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard, earning a Tony nomination for his performance. He also appeared as "Michael Wiley" in Contact. Other stage work includes Noel Coward's Hay Fever at San Diego's Old Globe, Bells Are Ringing at Kennedy Center, Of Thee I Sing at Chicago's Symphony Space, Breakfast at Tiffany's at the St. Louis Muny and the Off-Broadway production of Adrift in Macao.

Campbell co-starred for five seasons on television's "Jake and the Fatman" and played surfer "E.Z. Taylor" opposite John Ritter on the series "Three's a Crowd." Other screen credits include "Another World," "All My Children," "Law and Order," "Homicide: Life on the Streets," "Facts of Life," "Throb" and "Matlock."

He is the artistic producer of Hot Summer Nights, at the Kennedy Theater in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Full given name: Bruce Alan Campbell
Hometown: Homestead, Florida
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
What your parents do for a living: My dad was a third generation Florida farmer. My mom was a homemaker. They are retired and enjoying life!
Current audition song/monologue: I love obscure audition material. Currently Cole Porter's "Girls" and an old Platters song.
Special skills: Household chores… seriously. I'm the guy.
Something you're REALLY bad at: Speling
First Broadway show you ever saw: Les Miz... then later got to work with Judy Kuhn. Booyaa!

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If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be? The original West Side Story.
Current show you have been recommending to friends: Hello Again!
Favorite showtune of all time: "Tonight" (come on... this whole score!)
"Stars and the Moon" by Jason Robert Brown
"Sailing" by William Finn. I did a workshop of New Brain and loved singing it.
Three favorite musicals: Sunday in the Park With George, West Side Story and, recently, In The Heights.
Stage or screen star of the past you would most love to have performed with: Edna May Oliver
The one performance you attended that you will never forget: Ben Vereen at the Fairmont Hotel in New Orleans. He danced, acted, sang... broke my heart. And all with just a mic, small band and a spotlight.
Music that makes you cry, any genre: Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings."
MAC or PC? MAC. I am rarely Politically Correct.
Most-visited website: Huffington Post
Uh... okay, Facebook.
Last book you read: "The Architecture of Happiness" by Alain de Botton
Last good movie you saw: "The King's Speech"
Some films you consider classics: I love film noir. "The Big Sleep," "Gun Crazy," French crime films from the '60s, "Le Samourai" and anything from America in 1939!
Must-see TV show: "American Pickers"
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Totes... Lauren Kennedy!
Three favorite cities: Paris, Portland and Raleigh
Favorite sport/team/player: Tennis, Andy Roddick
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: The Association's Greatest Hits. I was like, 10.
First stage kiss: Lisa Dunn, in some high school Grease rip-off sketch.
Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: Soloist on top of the Living Christmas Tree.
How you got your Equity card: Here goes... Boogie Woogie Rumble of a Dream Deferred, a musical adaptation of Irwin Shaw’s Bury The Dead at the Urban Arts Corp. Shared a dressing room with young chorus boy Rob Marshall. Wonder what ever happened to him?
Favorite pre-/post- show meal: Basilica on 9th Avenue between 46th and 47th.
Favorite liquid refreshment: A crisp, clean three-olive vodka martini.
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: Light vocal warmup and stretching, visiting with everybody, gummy bears.
Most embarrassing or spectacular flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: I still forget the words to "Sunset Boulevard" even after 1,200 performances. They fly by so fast and in 5/4, 2/4, 12, 64...
Most challenging role, vocally, you've played: Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard.
Worst costume ever: Authentic boiled wool pants in a musical about the Civil War... in an un-airconditioned theatre!
Worst job you ever had: Singing on the roof of the Carvel Ice Cream store in Homestead, Florida.
Who would play you in the movie? Robert Redford circa 1970.
Leading man role you've been dying to play: Sleazy "Steve" in August: Osage County
Leading lady role you wish you could play: Mary Queen of Scots in Mary Stuart
Show you would most like to perform in opposite your wife, Lauren Kennedy: Sound of Music, with our daughter Riley as Gretl.
Who have you played on "Law & Order"? Which edition? An eco-terrorist on "SVU" and an investment banker on the mothership series.
Coolest commercial, film or TV gig: Co-starring with John Ritter on "Three's a Crowd."
Career you would want if not a performer: Architect
Three things you can't live without: Family, time to think, good tools.
"I'll never understand why…" ... people move so quickly to violence to solve their disagreements.
Words of wisdom for aspiring performers? Look for and always play the truth in any work. Start with the text.
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