PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking Star Marcus Stevens

By Matthew Blank
05 Mar 2013

Must-see TV show(s): "The Good Wife"
"Downton Abbey"
"Mad Men"

And I watch Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert religiously.

Some films you consider classics: "Field of Dreams"
"Back to the Future"
"The Muppets Take Manhattan"
Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: I was a 17-year-old Tevye with a fake beard and I loved it.
Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: I think when I played Finch in How to Succeed in high school... and when I saw Ragtime.
Favorite pre-/post- show meal: There's an amazing Shawarma place in Astoria called Duzan. It's on my way home and it's my guilty pleasure.
Favorite liquid refreshment: Diet Coke. I live on the edge.
What drew you to this project? I have always enjoyed doing impressions and broad characters and I grew up loving the old albums of Forbidden Broadway.
How did you research this performance? YouTube is an amazing thing.
Most challenging role you have ever played: I played Floyd Collins in college. So hard and so rewarding.
Any side projects or upcoming work you can talk about: In addition to acting, I'm also a Richard Rodgers Award-winning musical theatre writer. Right now I'm working on a project called Eastburn Avenue that chronicles 3 generations of a modern Jewish family who fall apart over a will.
Something about you that surprises people: I actually know some pop music!
Career you would want if not a performer: A teacher
Words of advice for aspiring performers: Always be learning and trying to improve your work. And remember it's 80% confidence. You must believe in yourself and your abilities to make things happen.