PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: The Other Josh Cohen Co-Creator and Star David Rossmer

David Rossmer co-created (with Steve Rosen) and stars in the The Other Josh Cohen, now onstage at Paper Mill Playhouse. He fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

David Rossmer
David Rossmer

Rossmer has appeared on Broadway in Peter and the Starcatcher, Fiddler on the Roof and Titanic.

Other theatre work includes V-DAY (co-author); Don’t Quit Your Night Job (co-creator); Authorial Intent; Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh; Blow Me; I See London…; That’s Life and Spain.

Full given name: David Louis Rossmer
Where you were born/where you were raised: I was born at Lenox Hospital in Manhattan.
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Special skills: I have a NY State driver's license.
Something you're REALLY bad at: Driving
First Broadway show you ever saw: Cats
If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be? I saw Blood Brothers three times, but I'd see it again.
Current show other than your own you have been recommending to friends: Anything Leigh Silverman is directing. And Almost, Maine at Transport Group.
Some favorite modern musicals: Anything by Michael Friedman.
Some favorite classic musicals: Fiddler on the Roof is perfect. Follies hits me in a special place. Is Once On This Island a classic yet?
Your personal vocal idols, living or dead: Tom Waits
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: My most memorable theatrical experience was a Broadway play called Solitary Confinement by Rupert Holmes. It remains one of the most ingenious shows I've ever seen.
Music that makes you cry, any genre: "Auld Lang Syne"
MAC or PC? I'm a born-again MAC.
Most played song on your iPod: The new Broken Bells album.
Most-visited websites: MapQuest. And the one for my fantasy baseball.
Favorite Tweeters: One of these days I'll know how to answer that.
Last book you read: "A Hundred Years of Solitude" (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
Must-see TV show(s): Looking for something good on Netflix? Watch "Lights Out." It was on AMC for one season… I believe Warren Leight created it. It's fantastic. Enjoy. Let me know what you think.
Last good movie you saw: "Her"
Some films you consider classics: "The Natural," "Crimes and Misdemeanors" and anything with Indiana Jones
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Charlie Pollock. But I wouldn't drop everything. What if I was holding a baby?
Favorite sport/team/player: Been a Yankees fan all my life (even when they were bad).
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: Steely Dan, "Pretzel Logic"
First stage kiss: I was Barnum in Barnum (thank you), and I kissed Mrs. Barnum. It was awesome.
Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: The first day of chemistry class.
How you got your Equity card: I'm almost positive it came in the mail, but I might have gone to midtown.
Favorite pre-/post- show meal: (note where) I'm addicted to Chicken Bar on 45th. If you get just the right mix of barbecue and honey mustard on the original chicken sandwich, it's better than Le Cirque.
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: My pre-show ritual is simple: I look in the mirror and convince myself I don't need to shave.
Most challenging role you have ever played: In college, I had to play a Nazi in Cabaret. I found that relatively challenging.
Biggest challenge about this current project: We knew we would be adapting an intimate show to the Paper Mill Playhouse, which is beautiful… and big. The outcome is amazing. I mean the light show alone.
Most fulfilling or fun aspect about the project: There's a one-eyed dog that runs around backstage.
Favorite Neil Diamond tune of all time: "Walks on Water." Now it's gonna be in my head all day.
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap:

I dislocated my shoulder on stage during a Broadway show. I was actually singing a solo, and there was no curtain. For a moment, I thought, "I'm going to pass out in front of 1,400 people and they're going to watch me lie there, and then get taken off in a stretcher." I managed to finish the song, and as the scene progressed, tried to re-locate my shoulder... which I did. When the scene was over, I stepped offstage. And went to the hospital.

Any upcoming or side projects you can talk about: An original musical I wrote with Dan Lipton called The Blonde Streak will be opening Off-Broadway this fall.
If you could trade roles/tracks with anyone in the show for a week, who would it be? I could never do what any other person in this cast does… they each play like forty instruments. I'd play it safe and switch with Kevin McCollum, who does a voice over.
Leading man role you've been dying to play: Jean Valjean
Leading lady role you'd like a shot at: Desiree in A Little Night Music
Something about you that surprises people: These boobs are real.
Something you are incredibly proud of: My family
Something you're embarrassed to admit: You realize by me admitting something here, I would in theory no longer be embarrassed to admit it. Did I win?
Career you would want if not a performer: Zoologist
"I'll never understand why…" … anyone would stand in Times Square on New Year's Eve.
Words of advice for aspiring performers: All I can suggest is to read. Anything. Whatever interests you, read it. Reading voraciously has made me a better writer and a better actor. And a slightly improved plumber.