PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: The Scottsboro Boys' Joshua Henry

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26 Oct 2010

Joshua Henry
Joshua Henry

Joshua Henry, who plays the central role of Haywood Patterson in The Scottsboro Boys at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Henry performed in the original Broadway companies of In the Heights and American Idiot. Other notable theatre credits include Tinman in The Wiz at City Center Encores! and Judas in Paper Mill Playhouse's Godspell.

Screen credits include the first "Sex and the City" film and a recurring role on "Nip/Tuck."



Full given name: Joshua Anthony Charlton Henry
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Current audition song: "I Don't Want to Be" by Gavin DeGraw
Special skills: I'm awesome at Ping Pong.
Skill/talent you wish you had or were better at: Multitasking
First Broadway show you ever saw: Wicked
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? Sondheim's Into the Woods with Bernadette Peters and Joanna Gleason. I love that album and can only imagine what was happening onstage.
Stage or screen star you would most love to perform with: Sidney Poitier
Current show you have been recommending to friends: Next to Normal
Favorite showtunes: Tie between "What Would I Do If I Could Feel" from The Wiz, "New Music" from Ragtime and "Dividing Day" from Light in the Piazza. They all get me every time.
Some favorite musicals: Light in the Piazza
Floyd Collins
In the Heights
Favorite Kander and Ebb song from a different show: "Why Should I Wake Up?" from Cabaret
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Kurt Elling
The one performance - attended - that you will never forget: Beyonce performing "If I Were a Boy" at the 2010 Grammy Awards. Ridiculous!
Most played song on your iPod: "Reflections of My Heart" by Rachelle Ferrell. Listen with your eyes closed for the full effect.
Most-visited websites: Playbill.com
Facebook.com
ESPN.com (especially during March Madness)
Last book you read: "Harry Potter- Chamber of Secrets"
Last good movie you saw: "The Social Network"
Some films you consider classics: "Gladiator"
"Closer"
"Juno"
Must-see TV shows: "Mad Men"
Pop-culture guilty pleasure: Facebook
Favorite cities: Since I've moved to NYC, nothing compares... but Atlanta's beautiful.
Favorite sport: My favorite sport to play is football, and I'm forever true to my Miami Hurricanes. "da U!!"
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: I believe it was Tony, Toni, Tone's "Lay Your Head on My Pillow" single.
First stage kiss: Kelly Fioravante. She was my Marian and I was her Harold Hill in Music Man. T'was nice.
Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: Playing Grady Fliggins ("Flick") in the musical Violet under the direction of the person who originated the role Off-Broadway, the amazing Michael McElroy.
Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: It was after my first day of class in my freshman year at the University of Miami conservatory. I decided that night that I could spend the rest of my life learning and being fascinated by music, acting and dance.
How you got your Equity card: My first job out of college, I played Judas in the musical Godspell at Paper Mill Playhouse.
Favorite pre-show/post-show meal: The whole menu at Golden Chicken and Ribs at 43rd and 9th. I've done some damage there.
Favorite liquid refreshment: Lactaid. Weird yes, refreshing yes. Also Martenelli's apple juice. "Gimme, gimme..."
Favorite junk food: I will demolish a Krispy Kreme doughnut faster than you can swipe your Metrocard.
Pre-performance rituals or warm-ups: Shoulder rolls and a reminder to myself of how blessed I am to be performing for a living.



Something about you that surprises people: My sense of humor.
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: I was on as Benny in In the Heights and I flubbed one of the Spanish to English lyrics in the song "Sunrise," with the amazing Mandy Gonzalez laughing in my face while Lin-Manuel was shaking his head in the wings. I knew I'd arrived.
Worst costume ever: I don't think I should be wearing black tights. But in a Sweet Charity production at UM, I did... along with some other really bright neon colors.
Worst job you've ever had: Construction worker in the summers of my junior and senior years of high school. Taught me toughness.
Leading man role you've been dying to play: Coalhouse in Ragtime. One day...
Favorite TV/film/commercial gig: My role as Jennifer Hudson's boyfriend in the first "Sex and the City" movie.
What career you would like to have if not a performer: A professional athlete.
Three things you can't live without: Food, positivity and music.
"I'll never understand why..." ...I can't walk past a Shake Shack without tearing up.
Words of wisdom for aspiring performers? Never take a performance for granted. There are so many talented people who would give everything to be in your position.