STAGE VIEWS: Powerhouse Star Erik Lochtefeld On Fortress of Solitude, The Secret Garden and More

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Erik Lochtefeld
Erik Lochtefeld

Here, via email, we hear from Broadway actor Erik Lochtefeld, who currently stars in Sinking Ship Productions' world premiere of Powerhouse through Nov. 23 at the New Ohio Theatre (154 Christopher St.).

What show recently impressed you? 
Due to my very active four-year-old daughter, I don't get a chance to see many shows. We are taking her to see things though and loved Pig Pen Theater Company's The Old Man and The Old Moon at New Victory Theater.

What production are you most excited to see?
I was in a reading of Fortress of Solitude earlier this year and cannot wait to see it at the Public. I fell in love with the novel when I first moved to Brooklyn, and Michael Friedman's brilliant pop score is so catchy. I still hum the songs all the time.

What play/musical would you most like to revive on Broadway, and which role would you want to play?
I think The Secret Garden deserves a big revival. I love that score and use it for audition material all the time. Archibald Craven is definitely a role I'd love to play.

What are your current/upcoming projects? 
I am currently rehearsing a new play called Powerhouse based on the life of jazz great and electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott. I play Scott, and we tell his story through a theatrical mixture of puppetry, swing dance and song. It's a great portrait of a lost American genius. We premiered it five years ago at the New York Fringe Festival and are so excited to bring it back. The show runs at the New Ohio this November.

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