By Andrew Gans
16 Jul 2013
Well, it's for purely selfish reasons...but Pirates of Penzance! I cringe as I write that, but it's just a guilty pleasure. I played Frederick in a high-school production, and it was one of the most fun plays I've done. Nix the operatic style of singing it for a more legit feel, let a team like Simon Phillips & Ross Coleman at it, and who knows what could happen? I'd love to play Frederick, and might wet myself a little if Kevin Kline came back to play The Pirate King. You guessed it...I'm a dork.
The most fun I've had onstage was in Minnie's Boys at the York, which introduced me to the Marx Brothers. The show never got its due in 1971, but we were lucky enough to work with many of its creators who made revisions during our short run. There's been talk of bringing it back for a while, and I'd love to see that come to fruition — playing Julius [Groucho] Marx. I also wouldn't mind taking a crack at Jacques in a revival of Kander and Ebb's The Happy Time.