PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Broadway's Rock of Ages Star Justin Matthew Sargent

By Matthew Blank
16 Jul 2013

Some film you consider classics: "Star Wars," "Jurassic Park," "Superman," "Indiana Jones," "E.T.," "Close Encounters," "Jaws," "Blade Runner," "Batman" (Tim Burton), "Beetlejuice." Yep, good list!
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Billy Joel
Three favorite cities: New York, Paris and Los Angeles.
Favorite sport/team/player: Baseball. Yankees. Jeter. Easy.
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: Oddly enough it was a tape of the original "Superman" score by John Williams.
First stage kiss: Kristin Bram from my hometown community theatre production of Babes in Toyland.
Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: Artful Dodger in Oliver!
Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: When I joined my hometown's community theatre in high school.
How you got your Equity card: I was doing Forever Plaid at the Alhambra Dinner Theatre. I played Jinx :)
Five Greatest Rock Bands of All Time (excluding the bands represented in Rock of Ages): The Who, The Beatles, Queen, Aerosmith, Rolling Stones. BAM!
Favorite pre-/post- show meal: (note where) The number 8 from Chicken Bar on 8th Ave!
Favorite liquid refreshment: Water and Mountain Dew baby!
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: Just your basic vocal sirens and some pull-ups. Gotta make them muscles pop!
Most challenging role you have ever played: The one I'm playing now ;)
Biggest challenge about this current project: Not bursting out in laughter on stage. Especially during scenes with Adam Dannheisser and Andre Ward.
Favorite part of the show for Drew: The “Heaven”/“More Than Words”/“To Be With You” medley, just before my first date with Sherrie.
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: I once had a broom fly out of my hands and shatter a neon light all over the stage. It was epic. Like that moment when the sparks fly at Michael Clark Duncan's face in "The Green Mile."
Worst costume ever: I played Oberon at my community theater. I had antlers.... made of pipe cleaners.
Worst job you ever had: A Subway sandwich "artist"
Craziest audition story: Getting to sing Queen songs FOR Queen, and working with Brian May on the material. It was unreal!
If you could trade roles with anyone in the cast for a week, who would it be? Adam Dannheisser. I’d totally show him up. He thinks he's so good. He's not that good. Actually, he's pretty damn good.
Leading man role you've been dying to play: Judas in JCS
Leading lady role you'd like a shot at: Elphaba. I mean, come on!
Something about you that surprises people: I used to weigh over 240 lbs.
Something you are incredibly proud of: Losing almost 100 lbs!
Something you're embarrassed to admit: I still watch cartoons ;)
Career you would want if not a performer: Archeologist, but ONLY if I get a hat and bull-whip!
Three things you can't live without: My fiancée, my dog, my Xbox
"I'll never understand why…" … the 7 train can't just WORK!
Words of advice for aspiring performers: Fall in love with auditioning, and never stop learning.