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

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06 Feb 2014

Joe Kinosian
Joe Kinosian

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'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.
Siblings: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?
Special skills: 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
Favorite revue: Ain't Misbehavin'
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.
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