PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Ron Bohmer

News   PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Ron Bohmer Ron Bohmer — who stars in the national tour of High School Musical — fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop culture tidbits.
Ron Bohmer
Ron Bohmer


Full given name: Ronald John Bommer, II ("ronjohn"? Yes. "II"? Uh-huh). Legal spelling is still B-O-M M-E-R, which looks like it might be pronounced "Bomber." Probably best not to tempt the critics, so I changed one letter for pronunciation.
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio. Cheviot, to be exact.
Zodiac sign: 100% Leo
Audition song: Depends on how suicidal I am about the whole experience that day. My favorite, though, is what I sang for director Jeff Calhoun to audition for High School Musical: nothing.
Special skills: Used to be a tapper, now I'd probably break a hip.
First Broadway show ever saw: Caught the 2nd act of Godspell on my first (one-day) trip to NYC when I was 14. First full-length show was A Chorus Line. Wore the T-shirt for seven years.
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? I'm a big Superman fan, so I would have loved to have seen It's a Bird ... It's a Plane ... It's Superman. And Angela Lansbury as Mame - I got to do the show with Juliet Prowse who was phenomenal. Still, I'd love to soak up the whole 60's vibe on Broadway.
Current show you have been recommending to friends: Curtains because of Jill Paice and Noah Racey and Spelling Bee because of Jen Simard and Jessica Snow.
Favorite show tune: I cannot pick a favorite, but, all things considered, by default I will say "The Music of the Night." It's been awfully good to me. I've sung it more times in my life than "Happy Birthday" and still enjoy it.
MAC or PC? Girls, girls, you're both pretty.
Most played song on your iPod: "Zak & Sara" by Ben Folds.
Last book you read: "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy. I'm now back to finishing Stephen King's sprawling and brilliant "Dark Tower" saga.
Must-see TV show: Totally "Lost."
Last good movie you saw: Just saw "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" again for the 25th time. William Goldman is the god of screenwriters.
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Kenny Loggins. Nobody can sing like that man. Nobody.
Pop culture guilty pleasure: Comic books.
First stage kiss: Marianne Schweinberg. She was 13, I was 14, she was Marian the Librarian, I was Harold Hill. And I was in LOOOVVE!
How you got your Equity card: I was in three summer stock shows at the American Music Theatre (sadly, it is no more) in new London, CT. I was Horatio in Kiss Me, Kate (Ron Raines was Petruchio/Fred). I also was chorus in Music Man (Rebecca Luker was Marian) and How to Succeed.
Who have you played on "Law & Order"? Which edition? Dr. Randall Forbes on "SVU."
Worst costume ever: I was a bag of coffee in an industrial once. Mmmm, mountain grown, it's the richest kind.
Cats or dogs? DOGS! DOGS!! DOGS!!! We have 2 (Griffin and Murphy), we'd like to have 20.
Favorite cereal: Bacon and eggs.
Who would play you in the movie? Dennis Quaid.
Worst job you ever had: First two weeks I lived in Manhattan, I was a waiter for nine days on the breakfast shift (5-11 AM) at the Barbizon Plaza Hotel. I was fired in front of my customers. I haven't been up that early since. Thank God this theatre thing has worked out.
What musical role have you been dying to play? When I first moved to NY, I saw Sunday in the Park with George standing-room like 23 times. I'm still dying to play George, not just for the role but to hear that score and philosophy eight times a week. As far as yet-to-be-produced musicals? I think it would be pretty bad-ass to play Batman. Hard to imagine him singing, but I'd love to figure that one out. Maybe not though. Another sweaty role with your face in a mask.
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