PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: The Les Miz Tour's "Javert," Andrew Varela

By Matthew Blank
02 Oct 2012

Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: Pippin at Summit High School. I felt like THE MAN!
Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: When I played the lead in a 4th grade production of Hubbub on the Bookshelf.
How you got your Equity card: Frida, 1992
Favorite pre-/post- show meal: A great steak house, a bottle of red, and my wife.
Favorite liquid refreshment: Knob Creek, easy ice.
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: A grande Starbucks redeye, and singing "RUTGERS!" like an idiot.
Most vocally challenging role you have ever played: Jean Valjean. It's the hardest role any man will sing in music theatre.
Favorite Les Miz "side character": Bamatabois. He's a sociopath that wears pink lipgloss. How awesome is that?
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: MISHAP: I kissed Sutton Foster in the Broadway production of Little Women and she is VERY allergic to cats. I must have been holding my cat earlier in the day... because Sutton got hives from kissing me!

After that, I always washed my face and beard before that scene. Twice.

Worst costume ever: Any costume that takes more time to put on than the time I actually wear it onstage.
Worst job you ever had: I was 22 and had a director whose first note to me was, "Andrew, what I'm getting from you is prepared bullshit."

I wonder what line of work he's in now...
Who would play you in the movie? Javier Bardem
Leading man role you've been dying to play: SWEENEY!
Leading lady role you wish you could play: Effie in Dreamgirls (cuz I am telling you...)
Something about you that surprises people: I helped deliver a calf. Before a matinee.
Something you are incredibly proud of: Soy Cubano!
Something you're embarrassed to admit: I'm terrified of zombies. See above.
Career you would want if not a performer: Naval Officer
Three things you can't live without: Thai food, single barrel bourbon, my iPhone.
"I'll never understand why…" … actors argue with directors during notes. Just take the damn note!
Words of advice for aspiring performers: Just take the damn note!!