PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Graham Alexander of Broadway's Let It Be

By Matthew Blank
27 Aug 2013

Pop culture guilty pleasure:
Three favorite cities: New York City, London, Philadelphia (means I'm home!!!)
Favorite sport/team/player: I appreciate so many. I'm REALLY odd. I like SO many eras… for so many reasons:

Philadelphia Phillies: Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton, Tug McGraw, Pete Rose

New York Yankees: The Babe, DiMaggio, Gehrig.... among many.

First CD/Tape/LP you owned: Probably The Doors' "Morrison Hotel." Could also be Chumbawumba- but I don't want to admit that.
Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: The second I got my first guitar!!
Favorite liquid refreshment: Coke and water
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: I have this idea that potato chips help my vocal cords... sometimes I do that. Mostly just water and warming up a little bit.
Five favorite rock bands of all time: The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and The Band, Prince and The Revolution, The Cars, Aerosmith (there are lots more.... lots and lots and lots)
Have you had the opportunity to meet any of the Beatles? Met Ringo!! Lovely guy!
What has been the biggest challenge about this project? The biggest challenge by far for doing this type of show was relearning the bass guitar... left-handed for the role.
What has been the most fun or fulfilling aspect? Entertaining audiences! That's what matters the most to me.
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: Lets see.... I've split my pants. That was pretty weird.
Worst job you ever had: I worked sound at a dance studio for a while. I also have been in countless bands that played TOO many bad gigs.

But in retrospect all of those things are hilarious stories that make me happy to have done them.... even if they weren't so great at the time.

If you could trade roles with anyone in the cast for a week, who would it be? I wouldnt want to! To be honest- I'd rather be engineering at front of house.
Craziest audition story: Auditioned for a film once- messed up the line... got flustered... got released within, easily, 20 seconds of walking in the room. Oh well!

I think the film got canceled anyway when the economy dropped out in 2008/9.

Any upcoming or side projects you can talk about? Right now I'm working a 2nd "Graham Alexander" album. The first one was really well received and we toured with it for about 2 years.

It's part of the reason I'm back on Broadway. So the next album is a lot of labor, but it's incredibly full of energy and I can't wait to tour with it.

Something you are incredibly proud of: 
I'm proud to have the desire to keep doing what I love- nothing more.
Something you're embarrassed to admit: Ariana Grande once came to a show I was doing at the Neil Simon Theatre and I had no idea who she was. She is massive and I love her voice and music, but I had no idea upon meeting her! Oh well. Til we meet again, Ariana!
Career you would want if not a performer: None! I'll live and die by it!
Three things you can't live without: Songs, people, instruments
"I'll never understand why…" ... people allow the extreme use of corrective auto-tuning in music (particularly live!). If you are using it as a vocal effect (see Cher), that is completely acceptable. But to use it in a corrective... is it not... lying?
Words of advice for aspiring performers: Prove them all wrong!