PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Tony Award Nominee Desmond Richardson of After Midnight

By Matthew Blank
07 Jan 2014

Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: Being cast in the The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: Seeing Nureyev on PBS with Margot Fonteyn
How you got your Equity card: Being part the original Broadway cast of Fosse
Favorite pre-/post- show meal: A slice of Ray's Pizza
Favorite liquid refreshment: Apple Juice
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: I am definitely someone who needs to take a second by myself and stretch and breathe before a show.
Most challenging role you have ever played: Title role of Othello at the Metropolitan Opera House choreographed by Lar Lubovitch with American Ballet Theater.
Biggest challenge about this current project: The biggest challenge about this current project is hoping the audience will enjoy every moment!
Most fulfilling or fun aspect about the project: The most fulfilling aspect is watching the young people who wait at the stage door and are elated and inspired to pursue their aspiration to one day be on the same stage.
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: Having a hole in the seat of my pants on opening night and having to continue with no exit. Fun times for sure! Not...
Worst costume ever: I plead the 5th.
Worst job you ever had: Every job, good or indifferent, you make the best out of. That’s my motto.
Craziest audition story: For the high school of the performing arts, showing up to the dance call in a 3-piece suit and the faculty assuming I was a hoofer and, umm, far from it.
If you could trade roles/tracks with anyone in the show for a week, who would it be? Everyone! I love everyone's role, from the songs to dancing!
Something about you that surprises people: That I sing well!
Something you are incredibly proud of: I'm incredibly proud of my current cast members in After Midnight. Nightly they give their heart and soul at such a high level, it fuels my creativity vastly.
Something you're embarrassed to admit: I do talk while texting!
Career you would want if not a performer: Interior Designer
Three things you can't live without: My iPhone, Oral B electric toothbrush and an elegant pair of shoes, preferably Donald J. Pliner.
"I'll never understand why…" … folks talk out loud on the cell phone in public.
Words of advice for aspiring performers: Investigate, research and hone your craft so that you are able to shine your unique natural light for all the world to behold.