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

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07 Jan 2014

Desmond Richardson
Desmond Richardson
Photo by Thomas Evans

Tony-nominated dancer Desmond Richardson is back on Broadway in the Jazz-Age musical After Midnight at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. He fills out's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Richardson has previously appeared on Broadway in Fosse (Tony nomination), Twyla Tharp's Movin’ Out and The Look of Love.

He is co-founder of Complexions Contemporary Ballet.


Full given name: Desmond Richardson
Where you were born/where you were raised: I was born in Sumter, SC, and I was raised in Laurelton, Queens, NY.
Zodiac Sign:Sagittarius
What your parents did/do for a living: My father was a singer and trash collector and is now deceased. My mother was a course developer at AT&T and is one of my biggest supporters.
Siblings:I have three brothers and one sister.
Special skills:Languages, piano, painting, interior design and textiles
Something you're REALLY bad at: Calling folks back!! My bad grin
Did you have any particular mentors or inspirations when first starting out? Rudolf Nureyev
First Broadway show you ever saw: The Little Prince
If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be? Bob Fosse's Dancin'
Current show other than your own you have been recommending to friends: Motown, Once, Kinky Boots, Newsies, Romeo & Juliet, Wicked and The Lion King
Favorite showtune(s) of all time: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"
Some favorite modern musicals: Hairspray, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Spring Awakening, Book of Mormon
Some favorite classic musicals: West Side Story, Cabaret, A Chorus Line, Chicago, Kiss Me Kate
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with: Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Danny Kaye
Your personal dance/choreography idols, living or dead: Alvin Ailey, Nureyev, Baryshnikov, Mel Tomlinson, Keith McDaniel, Gary Deloatch
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: The Little Prince, Bob Fosse dancing "Snake in the Tree"
Music that makes you cry, any genre: The music that makes me cry is "Seasons of Love" from Rent
Most played song on your iPod: Daryl Coley's "Like Him"
Most-visited websites:
Favorite Tweeters: PiNK, Sanaa Lathan, Anderson Cooper
Last book you read: Ayn Rand's “Anthem”
Must-see TV show(s): "Scandal," "Betrayal," "Revenge," "Black-List," "Homeland," "Empire Boardwalk," "The Originals"
Last good movie you saw: “12 Years A Slave” - a must see!
Some films you consider classics: "Cleopatra," "Ben-Hur," "Giant," "To Kill A Mockingbird"
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Nancy Wilson
Pop culture guilty pleasure: Real Housewives of any city!
Three favorite cities: New York, New Orleans, Los Angeles
Favorite sport/team/player: Baseball/Yankees/Derek Jeter
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: "Funkadelic" by George Clinton
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