STAGE VIEWS: Elmer Gantry Star Charlie Pollock On Rocky, Bridges of Madison County, Jeanine Tesori and More

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Charlie Pollock
Charlie Pollock

Here, via email, we hear from singing actor Charlie Pollock, who will star in the title role of the Signature Theatre Company's new musical Elmer Gantry, which begins performances Oct. 7 at the Arlington, VA, venue.

What show recently impressed you? 
There are actually two shows that impressed me, and they are both a bit of a minority position. The first was Rocky. I am a huge Alex Timbers fan, and I loved how cinematic his production was. The visual style and energy impressed the heck out of me. Also, Andy Karl's magic trick of a performance blew me away.

The second show I saw this past season that I loved was The Bridges of Madison County. I was mesmerized by the score and how well sung it was. I am a sucker for beautiful music, and Jason Robert Brown writes songs that tickle a very specific part of my soul.

What production are you most excited to see?
There are so many shows I'm excited about this season — The Last Ship and Honeymoon in Vegas are on my list, but the show I am most excited to see is Fun Home. I have always been impressed with Jeanine Tesori, but now that I have worked with her I am positively obsessed! I didn't see Fun Home when it was at the public, but I listened to the incredible cast album and was moved to tears while sitting on NJ Transit. I can only imagine what it will be like in the theatre.

Also, I would love to see Fortress of Solitude, but my obligations with Elmer Gantry will prevent that. I did a reading of it years ago and have been haunted by it, in the best way, ever since. What play/musical would you most like to revive on Broadway, and which role would you want to play?
That's easy. Floyd Collins. This is a musical, much like Violet, that I don't think got its due the first time around. I love an American story told with truly American music. And, it's one of the greatest scores I've ever heard, and I've never seen a production of it. And, of course, I would love to play Floyd Collins!

What are your current/upcoming projects? 
Right now I am playing Elmer Gantry in Elmer Gantry at the Signature Theater in DC. It is a great undiscovered American musical, and I am honored to get to play this role.

I also have a cool recurring role on TV's "The Good Wife."

My upcoming projects, really project, is still top secret until all ducks are in a row, but it is something I've been working on with some of the most talented people I know for the last three years. Hopefully I will be able to talk more about it soon!

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