PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Murder For Two Composer and Star Joe Kinosian

By Matthew Blank
06 Feb 2014



Favorite Tweeters: Cher. No one – but no one – uses emojis like Cher. If you haven't seen her Twitter account, run, don't walk.
Last book you read: "Runaway," a collection of stories by Alice Munro. She's like the reincarnation of Chekhov. Jury's still out as to whether or not that's a good thing.
Must-see TV show(s): "Campus Ladies." It aired for two short seasons in 2006, but it was a gloriously wacky, constantly laugh-out-loud funny comedy. I regularly bemoan the fact that it's not still on.
Last good movie you saw: I watched "2001: A Space Odyssey" over the holidays. I know, what says Christmas like Keir Dullea unplugging a homicidal computer? Glad tidings!
Some films you consider classics: So many! But two movies I love that I don't think are popular enough are "Love Me Tonight," starring Maurice Chevalier, which is a stunningly innovative 1932 musical with an unbeatable Rodgers & Hart score, and "I Walked with a Zombie," an entrancing, richly atmospheric, brilliantly written 1943 horror film loosely based on "Jane Eyre."
Pop culture guilty pleasure: I like Justin Bieber's song "Mistletoe." There, I said it. Oh, and "Project Runway." Yes, that show's still on.
Favorite pre-/post- show meal: (note where) I love Indian food, so I love that being at New World Stages gives me such close access to Basera (9th Ave. near 50th St.), which is delicious but also has a nice low-key atmosphere. I also enjoy Blue Dog (50th near the C/E stop, west side of 8th Ave.) for cocktails and whatnot.
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: I do vocal warm-ups in each of the characters' voices and stretch as much as I have patience for (which usually winds up being like five minutes).
Any upcoming or side projects you can talk about: Embarking on three new wildly different musicals with my Murder For Two collaborator Kellen Blair. One is a wacky farce in line with Murder For Two, one is a skewed take on history, and one is a thriller. So excited about all of them.
Worst job you ever had: When I first moved to NYC, I worked as a production assistant on film shoots. This one horrible day on a film shoot, I crashed a truck, knocked a grip in the head with a pole, and killed the producer's computer (I have no idea how that last one happened – all I did was turn it on!).

BUT one of the featured cast members in that film was Alison Fraser, who I got to meet and chat with, so to quote You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, I guess it wasn't such a bad day after all.