By Matthew Blank
17 Sep 2013
Hays made his Broadway debut in the 2006 revival of Les Misérables and went on to originate the role of Enjolras for the 25th Anniversary production at Paper Mill Playhouse and on tour.
Other theatre work includes Cats, Hair, Camelot, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Oklahoma! and West Side Story.
|Full given name:||Jeremy Landon Hays|
|Where you were born/where you were raised:||Okmulgee, OK (good luck pronouncing that). I was raised in Henryetta and Tulsa, OK. I grew up practicing baseball on a makeshift diamond in the middle of a cow pasture.|
|What your parents did/do for a living:||My father taught business at Oklahoma State University for 25 years. After retiring he worked with inmates in correctional facilities as a teacher and mentor. |
My sister and I were fortunate to have my mother at home with us when we were young. She later worked at the local newspaper and with my father at the Tulsa County Jail.
|Siblings:||I have a sister, Jamie. She teaches kindergarten and 1st grade. She is married to Jeff Lazalier, former television meteorologist and insurance broker. They have two amazing little boys, Graysen and Payten, and their older sister, Seton, is a talented artist. They live in Broken Arrow, OK.|
|Special skills:||Iím really good at cleaning anything and could spend hours cleaning. Some people would call that OCD. I just think itís thorough. But yeah maybe a little crazy.|
|Something you're REALLY bad at:||Roller skating! I skateboard, decently, but for some reason cannot roller skate. Itís really hilarious. There are videos.|
|First Broadway show you ever saw:||The revival of Into the Woods. It was perfect. The show is perfect. From edge to edge there is not another piece of theatre with music in it that conveys more of the human experience than that show. I think art finds you, or maybe you find it, exactly at the time you need it.|
|If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be?||Hamlet with Richard Burton, 1964.|
|Current show other than your own you have been recommending to friends:||Once. They have captured all the beauty of that movie and that music on stage. I was mesmerized.|
|Favorite showtune(s) of all time:||
"In This Wide, Wide World" from Gigi|
"Pretty Women" from Sweeney Todd
|Some favorite modern musicals:||
The Light in the Piazza
Sunday in the Park with George
|Some favorite classic musicals:||
The Wizard of Oz
|Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with:||
|Your personal vocal idols, living or dead:||
Jonas Kaufman. He is redefining the operatic tenor. We havenít seen anything like him.|
Anthony Warlow. Is there anything he canít sing? And itís just pure and real.
Robert Plant. Best rock vocalist ever.
|The one performance Ė attended - that you will never forget:||The Scottish Play with Patrick Stewart. He just stood there and those words poured out of his mouth and you couldnít take your eyes away. There was so much to look at in that production but Patrick Stewart told that story as if he was reading you a bedtime story. Iíll never forget the power that generated from that man.|
|Music that makes you cry, any genre:||My wife and I saw Glen Hansard at Radio City a few years ago. He covered Van Morrisonís "Into the Mystic." Truly beautiful moment, and the tears rolled down our cheeks.|
|MAC or PC?||MAC. If you say PC you just havenít bought a new computer since 2000. And If you have bought a PC since 2000, then you also think organic produce is bogus and our climate is just in a naturally warming phase.|
|Most played song on your iPod:||Jay Z - "Tom Ford." Seriously.|
|Most-visited websites:||Wikipedia. I am curious about everything.|
|Last book you read:||"Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn|
|Must-see TV show(s):||
"Friday Night Lights"
"Game Of Thrones"
"Orange Is The New Black"
"Eastbound and Down"
"Parks and Recreation"
(I watch a lot of TV. Sorry I donít like "Mad Men")
|Last good movie you saw:||"This Is The End" was hilarious. ďHermione just stole all our s#!t!Ē|
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