STAGE VIEWS: Rock of Ages Star Cody Scott Lancaster

Special Features   STAGE VIEWS: Rock of Ages Star Cody Scott Lancaster's series features brief chats with actors commenting on their recent theatregoing experiences, what productions they are looking forward to and more. Here, via email, we hear from singing actor Cody Scott Lancaster, who plays Franz in the Tony-nominated Broadway musical Rock of Ages.

Cody Scott Lancaster
Cody Scott Lancaster

What show recently impressed you?
There are two. Peter and the Starcatcher and Ghost. With Peter, I had no idea what to expect and was blown away by the wildly imaginative direction and the talent of the whole cast. Christian Borle gave me one of the best performances I've ever seen on the Broadway stage! However, with Ghost, I was a big fan of the movie and went to the show wondering just how they would do it! The show gave me some of the best visuals I've seen on Broadway, and Caissie Levy (a fellow Canadian) had me in tears from beginning to finish.

What production are you most excited to see?
I cannot WAIT for Matilda! It was such a huge part of my childhood, and I think that anyone in my age bracket is very excited to see it. To this day, when another 20-something-year-old says they're craving "The cake from Matilda," I'm right there with them as my mouth starts to water. I've said for years I thought there should be a stage version, and now I get to go back and be my eight-year-old self all over again.

What play/musical would you most like to revive on Broadway, and which role would you want to play?
Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party in the role of Burrs. It was Off-Broadway and immediately became one of my favorite albums (I think I sang every single Burrs song in college at some point). Also, there has yet to be a stage version of it, but one of my biggest dreams is to play Max Goof in the musical version of "A Goofy Movie" (A Goofy Musical, perhaps?), which is, in my opinion, the most underrated Disney film of all time. Disney Theatricals, if you're listening: I'm your guy!

What are your current/upcoming projects?
I'm currently playing Franz and understudying Drew in Rock of Ages at the Helen Hayes Theatre. I've also been part of a few new readings over the last few months which are in different stages of development. You can follow me on twitter: @cody_lancaster.

*** Lancaster is currently making his Broadway debut after playing Franz in the original Toronto company of Rock of Ages, for which he won the Audience Choice Award. His previous credits include Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Boys in the Photograph, Richard in A New Brain, Joseph in Joseph…Dreamcoat and Billy in Cedar Fair’s Twistin’ to the ’60s. Visit his page in the Playbill Vault.

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