PLAYBILL BRIEF ENCOUNTER With Steve Kazee; Broadway's Once "Guy" Talks About Exiting the Hit

By Kenneth Jones
27 Mar 2013

Kazee gives an interview at the 2012 Tony nominee luncheon.
Photo by Monica Simoes

Has there been self-reflection in the past several weeks?
SK: The only thing that this has done for me is make me realize that this career is not the be all/end all. You have to have a life. And life has to go on when your voice shuts down on you, and you have to take a break from what you're doing for a career. You quickly realize that your career cannot be everything to you. And so I've just been sitting and thinking. I've had a lot of time to think. You think about where you wanna go. You know, I'm 37 years old, and I think about where I want to be in the next five years, what do I want to be doing. Do I want to be in New York? Do I wanna go back to L.A.? There's never been a question of not being a part of this business or not being a part of this industry — I love it — it's in my blood, it's always been in my blood, it's just a part of who I am. For me, it's all about figuring out what's next.

And what's coming up for you in the next couple of weeks?
SK: Not much, really, just rest. I'm going to try to see a lot of shows, because I have nothing but free time right now. I haven't seen anything because, again, I didn't want to be out and about, and so there's a lot of stuff that I really wanna see — I'm excited to see Matilda and Hands on a Hardbody, and Pippin is coming up, which I'm really excited for.

What about a job?
SK: If something comes up and something comes along, and it's something that I love and something that I want to do, then I'm more than willing to jump on board, but I don't feel the pressure to repeat success. I've just been looking forward to seeing what comes down the road. It's constantly changing in this business, and that's the one thing I always tell people: "You'll know you can't do this anymore when you don't get excited about the possibility of tomorrow." Every day I wonder what's gonna happen tomorrow. I wonder what job offer or what audition will come. It's a really exciting thing to think about.

(Kenneth Jones is managing editor of Follow him on Twitter @PlaybillKenneth.)