Here, via email, we hear from composer-performer Benjamin Scheuer, whose autobiographical coming-of-age musical The Lion is currently playing a limited engagement at the Lynn Redgrave Theater.
What show recently impressed you?
I really enjoyed Every Brilliant Thing at the Barrow Street Theatre starring Johnny Donanue; he’s a compelling performer, full of open, honest heart.
What production are you most excited to see?
I’d like to see Hamilton; I met Phillipa Soo at my friend Shaina Taub’s house on New Year’s Eve. We played charades. And sang songs. Phillipa’s funny. And very pretty. And, she can sing real good.
What play/musical would you most like to revive on Broadway, and which role would you want to play?
I want to play Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls. I want to look Sarah Brown squarely in the eyes, when she asks me, “Chemistry?” and reply, “Yeah, chemistry.” I want to sing to Sarah: “You have wished yourself a Scarsdale Galahad. The breakfast-eating Brooks Brothers type.” (What a great insult: “Breakfast-eating.”) Sky’s cool; he doesn’t need to eat breakfast. He wakes up and has dinner. And, anyway, I already dress like Sky; we’ll save money on costumes, ‘cause I can wear my own suits. Problem is, though, I don’t really dance. (Or act, for that matter…)
What are your current/upcoming projects?
I’m making an album called "Songs from The Lion." We’ve already finished the track “Cookie-tin Banjo” and released it with an animated music video. AND, I’ve made a book. I was photographed once a week while I was getting chemotherapy; I’ve made a book of these photographs. It’s called “Between Two Spaces.” Shot by the extraordinary photographer Riya Lerner. Proceeds go to raise money for cancer research. BetweenTwoSpaces.com.