By Matthew Blank
23 Oct 2012
First CD/Tape/LP you owned:
CD... When I was 10 I got "Cocktail" movie soundtrack. I didn't see the movie (rated R) but the album had "Don't Worry, Be Happy"
Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager:
In fifth grade I played George Washington in our school production of George Washington and had to walk around the stage holding Martha Washington's hand. I got teased mercilessly. Who teases George Washington? Treason!
How you got your Equity card:
Like 90% of us, I did a Theatereworks USA tour, driving ourselves around the country in two vans performing for children at 8 AM every morning. Some of my favorite memories, truly.
Favorite pre-/post- show meal:
Cereal. Any kind, any time, anywhere... 2% milk, please.
Favorite liquid refreshment:
Currently addicted to Peanut Butter Splits at Juice Generation.
Did any particular research or preparation go into this current project?
I watched a lot of Kathie Lee and Hoda on the "Today Show." ;)
Most challenging role you have ever played:
Jon in tick tick... BOOM! So exhausting, but soooo worth it.
Worst job you ever had:
I am the worst server on the planet, and therefore have the utmost respect for them.
Leading man role you've been dying to play:
Sweeney Todd if George Hearn will coach me
Leading lady role you wish you could play:
Maria in Sound of Music. I think I'd look great in a nun's habit. Or Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd opposite George Hearn.
Something about you that surprises people:
I used to have long hair and follow the Grateful Dead. Not my best look.
Something you are incredibly proud of:
That I didn't stick with the Grateful Dead look.
Something you're embarrassed to admit:
See "Something about you that surprises people"
Career you would want if not a performer:
I still have childhood dreams of being a firefighter. Living heroes.
Words of advice for aspiring performers:
Never stop being a student. Do it for the joy of the work. And always, always be yourself. You are enough.
By Matthew Blank