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.
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.
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)
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.
Playbill.com, DarkHorizons.com, Woot.com, Twitter! Follow me @justinmsargent
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”