PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Murder For Two Composer and Star Joe Kinosian
06 Feb 2014
Joe Kinosian, who contributed book and music to Off-Broadway's Murder For Two, recently joined the cast in the role of The Suspects. He fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.
Together with Kellen Blair, Kinosian is the recipient of Chicago's Joseph Jefferson Award recognizing the show as the Best New Musical Work following its record-breaking seven-month run at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
He is a member of the BMI Workshop (Harrington Award winner), an alum of the Johnny Mercer Songwriting Project, and staff writer for the band Amy Lynn & The Gunshow. As an actor, he appeared in Dirty Blonde at the Hangar Theater, with Emily Skinner.
Full given name:
Joseph Robert Schober Kinosian
Where you were born/where you were raised:
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee. Think of the adorable town Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis live in in "Beetlejuice" – Wauwatosa is like that.
What your parents did/do for a living:
My folks own and operate New Berlin Therapies, a clinic that provides physical, occupational, and massage therapy, along with speech pathology, to children and adults. In addition to running the place, my mom is a physical therapist and my dad is a massage therapist.
My sister is a damn rock star, metaphorically, dispersing micro-loans to entrepreneurs who couldn't otherwise get funding to start their businesses. I know... cool, right?
I can play the ukulele and fold a mean fitted sheet.
Something you're REALLY bad at:
Retaining choreography. Takes me forever to absorb steps.
First Broadway show you ever saw:
It wasn't Broadway, but the first show I saw in New York was Bat Boy, which left quite a mark on me. The fact that I've gotten to work with Scott Schwartz (original Bat Boy director) as both writer AND actor in Murder For Two now is something I still haven't quite grasped. Suffice to say it's a real thrill.
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be?
Probably Prince of Central Park. It just sounded like a hoot.
Current show other than your own you have been recommending to friends:
Wicked. It's about a little green girl who learns to fly.
Favorite showtune(s) of all time:
Oh boy. Where does one begin? Here's a few that come to mind: "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" (Show Boat), "Some Other Time" (On the Town), "My Gentle Young Johnny" (Tenderloin), "Something Wonderful" (The King & I).
Hey, those are all ballads! OK I'll add "It's a Fish" from The Apple Tree for something uptempo.
Favorite modern musical:
Caroline, or Change
Favorite classic musical:
The Golden Apple
Your personal performance idols, living or dead:
Harpo Marx, Maurice Chevalier and Cheri Oteri
Who would you cite as your greatest musical influences?
Zez Confrey, Richard Rodgers, Astor Piazzolla, Charles Strouse and Tori Amos
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget:
Okay, I admit it: I was the guy taking pictures at Gypsy who made Patti LuPone so angry. Patti – apologies.
Most played song on your iPod:
Just checked, and it turns out it's "6'1" by Liz Phair. I stand by that. It's a great song.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.