Cue & A: Doctor Zhivago Star Paul Alexander Nolan on Theatre Faves, Idols and Brent Carver | Playbill

News Cue & A: Doctor Zhivago Star Paul Alexander Nolan on Theatre Faves, Idols and Brent Carver
Paul Nolan, who stars Pasha/Strelnikov in the new Broadway musical Doctor Zhivago, fills out's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.
Paul Alexander Nolan
Paul Alexander Nolan

Nolan has appeared on Broadway in Once (Guy) and Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus).

Stratford credits include Jesus Christ Superstar, The Who's Tommy (Cousin Kevin), West Side Story (Tony), As You Like It (Orlando) and The Grapes Of Wrath (Al Joad).

Full given name: Paul Alexander Nolan

Where you were born/where you were raised: Saskatchewan, Canada

Zodiac Sign: Libra

What your parents did/do for a living: Farmers

Something you're REALLY bad at: MULTITASKIN

First Broadway show you ever saw: Fosse (standing room)

If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be?: Ragtime

Current show you have been recommending to friends: Matilda and A Gentleman’s Guide

Some favorite musicals: Company, Floyd Collins, Sweeney Todd, Chess, Parade, Once, Doctor Zhivago, Wild Party

Your personal vocal idols, living or dead: Jeff Buckley, Freddie Mercury, Brian Arcy James

The one performance – attended – that you will never forget: Everything I've ever seen Brent Carver do, and Gabriel Ebert and the cast of Matilda.

Music that makes you cry, any genre: Tom Waits, Glen Hansard, Arvo Pärt, Debussey and a Chicago singer-songwriter named Gia Margaret (what a talent)


Most played song on your iPod: The Helplessness Blues album by Fleet Foxes

Most-visited websites:

Last book you read: ""Doctor Zhivago"" and ""The Bone Clocks" by David Mitchell

Must-see TV shows: "Bloodline"

Last good movie you saw: "Chef"

Some films you consider classics: "Goonies" "Harry Potter" "Roman Holiday"

Performer you would drop everything to go see: This interview is turning into a love letter to Brent Carver…

Pop culture guilty pleasure: What's pop culture?

Three favorite cities: Paris, Stratford (Ontario), New York

First CD/Tape/LP you owned: Bon Jovi

First stage kiss: There's been so many I forget.

Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: First role ever was Louis in The King and I

Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: Seeing Les Misérables on tour, when Gavroche entered

Favorite pre-/post- show meal: Spaghetti and meatballs at home

Favorite liquid refreshment: Coconut water

Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: Yoga

What drew you to this new project and what has been the biggest challenge so far?: I was excited to use all my talents and skills to play Pasha and Strelnikov in Doctor Zhivago

What has been the most fun or fulfilling part of this project?: Creating something from scratch.

Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: I opened my mouth the other night and words came out that I didn't recognize. It was an out of body experience. Like Jim Carrey took over my mouth.

Leading lady role you wish you could play: Mama Rose

Career you would want if not a performer: Firefighter or forest ranger or painter

Three things you can't live without: My wife, my guitar, my freedom

"I'll never understand why..." ... we as people fear so much and through so much distraction can't see that our fear causes our suffering.

Words of wisdom for aspiring performers?: Know yourself.

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