CUE & A: Motown Tony Nominee Charl Brown on Missed Entrances, His Broadway Idols and the Kardashians
12 Aug 2014
Charl Brown, a 2013 Tony Award nominee for his performance as Smokey Robinson in Broadway's Motown, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.
Brown has previously appeared on Broadway in Jersey Boys and Sister Act.
Other stage work includes Walmartopia; Hair (Hud); Johnny Baseball (Tim); Dreamgirls (Curtis); The Wiz (Scarecrow u/s, Ensemble); Ragtime (Coalhouse); Six Degrees of Separation (Paul); Superstar (Judas); A Chorus Line (Richie) and Star Wars in 30 Minutes (Lando).
Full given name:
Charl E. Brown... I dropped the E when I joined Actors Equity because people thought I was making it up as a stage name, can you blame them? The E Stands for Eugene.
Where you were born/where you were raised:
Born and raised in San Diego, California
What your parents did/do for a living:
Both of my parents are retired educators. My mother retired as an elementary school principal. My father was a high-school teacher but he still coaches varsity football.
Something you're REALLY bad at:
I'm really bad at remembering people's names!
First Broadway show you ever saw:
Jelly's Last Jam
If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be?
I would have loved to have seen the original Dreamgirls on Broadway
Current or recent show other than your own you have been recommending to friends:
Pippin, A Raisin In the Sun, After Midnight, The Book of Mormon, Kinky Boots
Favorite showtune(s) of all time:
The opening number of Ragtime still gives me chills every time! It's just so epic! The first time I heard "The Wizard and I," I cried. And "All That Jazz" just does something to my spirit, and body! And who doesn't love Jennifer Holiday's "And I Am Telling You..."
Some favorite modern musicals:
In The Heights, Legally Blonde, Jersey Boys, Hairspray, Grey Gardens, Avenue Q, Wicked, The Book of Mormon
Some favorite classic musicals:
Dreamgirls, Into The Woods, Pippin, Chicago, Ragtime, Singin' in the Rain, Crazy For You
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would have most loved to perform with:
I really am sad I missed my chance to perform with Gregory Hines, he was my original Broadway idol. Hopefully I'll get the chance someday with my current Broadway idol Brian Stokes Mitchell!
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget:
The 2013 Tony Awards
Music that makes you cry, any genre:
"I Wish I Could Go Back to College" from Avenue Q made me cry for many years.
MAC or PC?
Most played song on your iPod:
"Partition" by Beyonce
Last book you read:
"The Buddha of Suburbia"
Must-see TV show(s):
Well I have to start every day with "The View" or "Wendy Williams." Also I love "Orange Is the New Black, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Modern Family"... and I hate to admit it but...The Real Housewives....of everywhere!
Last good movie you saw:
Some films you consider classics:
"The Color Purple," "Steel Magnolias," "Coming To America," "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner," "Chicago," "Life Is Beautiful," "American Beauty," "Harlem Nights," "School Daze," "Cabaret," "The Wiz," "A Chorus Line"
Performer you would drop everything to go see:
Pop culture guilty pleasure:
The Kardashians... sorry.
Three favorite cities:
New York, Berlin, Amsterdam
I am a proud team member of the Motown Hitsville Sluggers, the reigning 2013 Broadway Softball League Champions!