STAGE VIEWS: Broadway Actor Graham Rowat

Special Features   STAGE VIEWS: Broadway Actor Graham Rowat
 
Playbill.com's series features brief chats with actors commenting on their recent theatregoing experiences, what productions they are looking forward to and more. Here, via e-mail, we hear from singing actor Graham Rowat, who will be part of the March 26 reading of the new musical The Single Girls Guide.

Graham Rowat
Graham Rowat

What show recently impressed you?
I was a fan of the Follies revival. It had a fantastic cast (including the wonderful Susan Watson of the York concert that I just appeared in — The Show Goes On), and one of the biggest highlights was the classic baritone of Ron Raines. Listening to his rich, resonant sound renewed my belief in what musical-theatre singing can be.

What production are you most excited to see?
I'm hoping that Giant finds a home in New York, and not just because my wife (Kate Baldwin) has been involved with it. I saw the show in Dallas and loved it. It's a sweeping story that has been elegantly honed by Michael Greif into an important piece of theatre. Michael John LaChuisa's songs are sublime and Sybille Pearson's book is sharp and honest.

What play/musical would you most like to revive on Broadway, and which role would you want to play?
My dream role is Sweeney Todd. Vengeance, madness, and Sondheim's menacing score — what more could a performer ask for?

What are your current/upcoming projects?
I'm looking forward to playing Trevor Graydon in Thoroughly Modern Millie at the St. Louis Muny in June. It's the first show of Mike Isaacson's inaugural season as executive producer, and it's being directed by my talented friend Marc Bruni.

I also hope to continue taking "large steps" in director Jessica Stone's all-male A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. The production premiered at the Williamstown Theater Festival and had a rollicking presentation in New York City last month hosted by The Roundabout Theatre Company. I'm optimistic the show will have a life in New York. ***

Graham Rowat has been seen on Broadway in Guys and Dolls, LoveMusik, Dracula and Beauty and the Beast and Off-Broadway in The Boys in the Band and The Thing About Men. His touring credits include Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and Les Misérables. For more information about Rowat, visit grahamrowat.com.

Rowat and company in the Williamstown all-male <i>A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.</i>
Rowat and company in the Williamstown all-male A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Photo by T. Charles Erickson
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