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

By Matthew Blank
28 Aug 2012



Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: I was on as Javert while touring with Les Miserables and forgot half my lyrics during my entrance to "Fantine's Arrest."

I had another ten minutes onstage before I could exit so I got to witness the entire cast corpsing around me. My guards took turns spinning upstage while Fantine begged for mercy.

Worst costume ever: No contest: the egg beater in Beauty and the Beast
Worst job you ever had: I worked on a "win-back" team for Bell Canada. I'd call existing customers to check on their service (at the time, Bell was the only local phone service provider) and then feign surprise when I learned they'd switched long-distance carriers. Take it from an egg beater, this was not acting to be proud of.
Were you a big ABBA fan prior to this gig? ABBA was very big in my house. I would make mix tapes of their music by holding a portable cassette recorder up to the record player. It was all about the "Waterloo."
If you could trade roles with anyone in the cast for a week, who would it be? I'd like to play Sam for a week. Who doesn't want a crack at getting the girl?
How do you and your fellow Mamma Mia! dads kill time together while offstage? Lately we've been competing for dominance in the video game Mortal Kombat
How do you wind down after the curtain call MegaMix? I stick with the hits and crank some synth-friendly 70's/80's music. Last night it was "Did it in a Minute" by Hall and Oates and "What A Fool Believes" by the Doobie Brothers.
What's the one song from the show you just can't get out of your head? "Super Trooper." Aaaand it's back, thanks.
Leading man role you've been dying to play: Sweeney Todd. Not a typical "leading man" but, um...a real lady killer?
Some shows you would love to perform in with your bride, Kate Baldwin Private Lives, She Loves Me, The Music Man, Kiss Me Kate, On the Twentieth Century, Sweeney Todd, Guys and Dolls
Something about you that surprises people: My hair is comprised of sleeping squirrels.
Something you are incredibly proud of: Being a father
Something you're embarrassed to admit: How closely I follow the video game industry
Career you would want if not a performer: Technology reporter
Three things you can't live without: My family, laughter, the Internet
"I'll never understand why…" ... someone presses the button to call the elevator when I've been waiting since before they walked up.
Words of advice for aspiring performers: Say yes to everything you can. You never know what relationships you'll make that will come calling in the future.