11 May 2013
Robin De Jes
Playbill.com's series features actors commenting on their recent theatregoing experiences, what productions they're looking forward to and more. Here, via email, we hear from singing actor Robin De Jesús, the two-time Tony nominee (In the Heights, La Cage aux Folles) who will be seen in the starry 20th anniversary production of David Drake's The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me May 20 at 8 PM at the Gerard W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Read more about the evening here.
What show recently impressed you? I've been in L.A. for the last couple of months, and while I was there I saw Backbeat at the Ahmanson. I've always listened to The Beatles but never really knew much about who they were as individual people. I went in expecting a jukebox musical, which it is, but I also got to watch some great book scenes and some awesome acting and then, of course, there was a mega mix. Who doesn't like a Beatles Mega Mix?
What production are you most excited to see? I'm excited to see a lot of things but mostly Matilda. However, I'm not sure there will be many more chances to see Bette Midler or Tom Hanks on stage, so that's up there, too.
What play/musical would you most like to revive on Broadway, and which role would you want to play? Considering that I will probably never play Caroline in Caroline, or Change, I would love to play Freddy in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. That show was so much fun to watch, and Norbert Leo Butz was so ridiculously wonderful in it. Hopefully, Jack O'Brien would be willing to direct again!
What are your current/upcoming projects? I shot an episode of "Law and Order: SVU" last season, and they're bringing me back for the season finale. Who knew playing a sex offender could be so much fun! Just kidding...not really. I also shot a movie last year called "Hairbrained" (with a lot of theatre folk) that should come out soon, and if everything works out, I should be shooting another movie this summer called "Holyoke." I'm not gonna lie though, I'm antsy to be back on stage (fingers crossed).