PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Mamma Mia!'s Newest "Harry," Graham Rowat

By Matthew Blank
28 Aug 2012

Graham Rowat
Graham Rowat

Graham Rowat, currently starring as potential father Harry Bright in Broadway's Mamma Mia!, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Rowat's Broadway credits include Guys and Dolls, LoveMusik, Dracula the Musical and Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

Other theatrical credits include The Blue Flower (Second Stage), The Boys in the Band (Transport Group), The Minister's Wife (Lincoln Center Theater), The Game (Barrington Stage), Saved (Kansas City Rep), A Funny Thing Happened...Forum (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Irving Berlin's White Christmas (San Francisco, Detroit, Toronto) and Les Misérables (national tour, China). He is married to actress Kate Baldwin. They live in Brooklyn with their 16-month-old son Colin.



Full given name: Graham Gavin Rowat
Where you were born/where you were raised: Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, 80 miles north-east of Toronto. Peterborough is home to the tallest hydraulic boat lift in the world.
Zodiac Sign: Gemini. Also Gemini.
What your parents did/do for a living: My father was a vice principal and my mother was a palliative care nurse.
Siblings: My brother Chris is a graphic designer living in Nelson, British Columbia. Fun fact: The film "Roxanne" was shot in Nelson. This fact is really only fun to me since I memorized the movie in high school.
Current audition song/monologue: "There's Always Someone Cooler Than You" by Ben Folds
Special skills: I can fix your PC.
Something you're REALLY bad at: I cannot fix your MAC.
First Broadway show you ever saw: Gypsy with Tyne Daly. I was on a class trip and accosted Ken Olin in the lobby with questions about becoming an actor.
Did you have any particular mentors or inspirations when first starting out? There were a lot of brilliant actors in Toronto whose work reaffirmed my desire to perform, particularly Colm Feore, Stephen Ouimette, Tom McCamus, R.H. Thomson and Stuart Hughes.
If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be? Sunday in the Park with George
Current or recent show you recommended to friends: Peter and the Starcatcher and Once. Also Twice, and Three Times a Lady.
Favorite showtune(s) of all time: "Soliloquy" from Carousel and "Epiphany" from Sweeney Todd
Some favorite musicals: Parade, The Light in the Piazza, Sweeney Todd, She Loves Me, A Little Night Music, The Music Man, Kiss Me Kate
Your personal vocal idols, living or dead: Len Cariou, Ron Raines, Brent Barrett, Brian d'Arcy James
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: Heath Lamberts as Cyrano de Bergerac at the Royal Alex in Toronto.
Music that makes you cry, any genre: The love themes from "Love Actually"
MAC or PC? PC, but my portable devices are iOS.
Most played song on your iPod: "Ever After You" by The Gabe Dixon Band
Most-visited websites: TheVerge.com, GamersWithJobs.com, io9.com, xkcd.com
Favorite Tweeters: Justin McElroy (@JustinMcElroy), Merlin Mann (@HotDogsLadies), Tim Siedell (@BadBanana), Paula Pell (@PerlaPell), Rob Delaney (@RobDelaney)
Last book you read: "Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting"

I thought it'd be best to list the parenting book I'm half-way through rather than the fantasy novel I just finished ("The Name of the Wind").

Must-see TV show(s): "Children's Hospital"
"Parks and Recreation"
"Veep"
"Sherlock"
"Doctor Who"
"Fringe"
"Homeland"
"Futurama"
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