PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Broadway's Rock of Ages Star Justin Matthew Sargent

By Matthew Blank
July 16, 2013

Justin Matthew Sargent, who nightly lends his soaring vocals and comedic chops to the role of Drew in Rock of Ages, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.



Sargent has also appeared on Broadway in Bonnie & Clyde.

Other theatre work includes Pippin, Jesus Christ Superstar and High School Musical.





Full given name: Justin Matthew Sargent
Where you were born/where you were raised: Born in Murphysboro, Illinois; raised in the Tampa, Florida area.
Zodiac Sign:Pisces
What your parents did/do for a living:My mom works in advertising for a newspaper, and my dad is an athletic trainer/physical therapist.
Siblings:None. Although, I have very close friends I consider brothers and sisters!
Current audition song/monologue:My go-to song is “Bohemian Rhapsody” (given the right circumstances)
Special skills:I love instruments of all kinds, and dabble in a little bit of everything. I was a pretty good sax player in high school.
Something you're REALLY bad at:Oh man... I'm really bad at taking compliments! I turn red and get really flustered. Super embarrassing.
First Broadway show you ever saw: Phantom of the Opera. Instantly knew I was going to play the Phantom one day. Keep on running, Phantom! I'm comin' for ya!
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? I would love to have seen the '79 original production of Sweeney Todd. Love that show. Also the '71 production of Jesus Christ Superstar. "Jesuuuuuuus!"
Current show other than your own you have been recommending to friends: Depends on the friend! Book of Mormon, Kinky Boots, Matilda and Spider-Man
Favorite showtune(s) of all time: “Heaven on Their Minds,” “Gethsemane,” “I Won't Send Roses,” “Lily's Eyes,” “Pinball Wizard,” “In His Eyes”... I have to stop here or I may break into a ballad…
Some favorite modern musicals: Next to Normal was amazing. So was Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. I loved Bonnie & Clyde even though the critics did not.
Some favorite classic musicals: I love Carousel, Guys and Dolls, Mack and Mabel. There's just this undeniable charm about classic musical theatre.
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with: Marlon Brando – he was just amazing! Watch his interview with Dick Cavett. He just GETS IT!
Your personal vocal idols, living or dead: Freddie Mercury, Steve Barton, Anthony Warlow, Bono, Jeff Buckley
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: I will never forget when I saw Next to Normal for the first time – SPOILER ALERT! – the son is dead? What? Mind = blown.
Music that makes you cry, any genre: Movie scores. I am a huge movie score geek, and they make me cry like a frightened child without his binky.
MAC or PC? MAC! Although they're starting to get on my nerves.
Most played song on your iPod: Currently it's the score to "Man of Steel." Didn't go nuts for the movie, but the score is the perfect workout companion.
Most-visited websites: Playbill.com, DarkHorizons.com, Woot.com, Twitter! Follow me @justinmsargent
Favorite Tweeters: Joss Whedon, Jimmy Fallon, Sarah Silverman, basically anyone who can make me laugh in 140 characters
Last book you read: "Life of Pi"
Must-see TV show(s): “Breaking Bad”! Also “Veep,” “Game of Thrones” and “Arrested Development”
Last good movie you saw: "Star Trek: Into Darkness" <----- geek.
Some film you consider classics: "Star Wars," "Jurassic Park," "Superman," "Indiana Jones," "E.T.," "Close Encounters," "Jaws," "Blade Runner," "Batman" (Tim Burton), "Beetlejuice." Yep, good list!
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Billy Joel
Three favorite cities: New York, Paris and Los Angeles.
Favorite sport/team/player: Baseball. Yankees. Jeter. Easy.
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: Oddly enough it was a tape of the original "Superman" score by John Williams.
First stage kiss: Kristin Bram from my hometown community theatre production of Babes in Toyland.
Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: Artful Dodger in Oliver!
Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: When I joined my hometown's community theatre in high school.
How you got your Equity card: I was doing Forever Plaid at the Alhambra Dinner Theatre. I played Jinx :)
Five Greatest Rock Bands of All Time (excluding the bands represented in Rock of Ages): The Who, The Beatles, Queen, Aerosmith, Rolling Stones. BAM!
Favorite pre-/post- show meal: (note where) The number 8 from Chicken Bar on 8th Ave!
Favorite liquid refreshment: Water and Mountain Dew baby!
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: Just your basic vocal sirens and some pull-ups. Gotta make them muscles pop!
Most challenging role you have ever played: The one I'm playing now ;)
Biggest challenge about this current project: Not bursting out in laughter on stage. Especially during scenes with Adam Dannheisser and Andre Ward.
Favorite part of the show for Drew: The “Heaven”/“More Than Words”/“To Be With You” medley, just before my first date with Sherrie.
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: I once had a broom fly out of my hands and shatter a neon light all over the stage. It was epic. Like that moment when the sparks fly at Michael Clark Duncan's face in "The Green Mile."
Worst costume ever: I played Oberon at my community theater. I had antlers.... made of pipe cleaners.
Worst job you ever had: A Subway sandwich "artist"
Craziest audition story: Getting to sing Queen songs FOR Queen, and working with Brian May on the material. It was unreal!
If you could trade roles with anyone in the cast for a week, who would it be? Adam Dannheisser. I’d totally show him up. He thinks he's so good. He's not that good. Actually, he's pretty damn good.
Leading man role you've been dying to play: Judas in JCS
Leading lady role you'd like a shot at: Elphaba. I mean, come on!
Something about you that surprises people: I used to weigh over 240 lbs.
Something you are incredibly proud of: Losing almost 100 lbs!
Something you're embarrassed to admit: I still watch cartoons ;)
Career you would want if not a performer: Archeologist, but ONLY if I get a hat and bull-whip!
Three things you can't live without: My fiancée, my dog, my Xbox
"I'll never understand why…" … the 7 train can't just WORK!
Words of advice for aspiring performers: Fall in love with auditioning, and never stop learning.