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Ugh – I wish I could just sit back and watch TV sometimes.
– Aaron Lazar
There’s parts of it that I connect to – being a father and everything – but ‘Mamma Mia!’ allows me to go out there and be me and have fun. I’ve never really had the chance to do that with so much freedom.
Obviously, I am a huge Matt Morrison fan, and I am a big Lea Michele fan because I know those guys from way back.
It’ll be interesting to raise kids in New York City. I’m from suburbia, so I don’t really have any experience with what it’s going to be like here.
In seventh and eighth grade, grammar and vocabulary were not my favorite subjects.
I was just so excited to have a child! I held him up like he was Simba in ‘The Lion King.’ I wanted to sing ‘The Circle of Life.’
In high school, my English teacher Celeste McMenamin introduced me to the great novels and Shakespeare and taught me how to write. Essays, poetry, critical analysis. Writing is a skill that was painful then but a love of mine now.
Before ‘Giant,’ I had only ever worked with Michael Greif, Michael John LaChiusa and Kate Baldwin in readings. It’s really exciting to be blessed with the opportunity to work with so many I would put in the ‘genius’ book.
For ‘A Little Night Music,’ I did try to get little bit more beefed up for that because I thought that would help me carry myself around the stage in that character.
I sort of wrongfully judged ‘Mamma Mia!’ for so long. I thought of it as a jukebox musical that I wasn’t interested in. I was so wrong.
Women are just so much tougher and more patient than men are – their capacity for empathy blows me away. And their capacity to deal with stress for long periods of time is also kind of awe inspiring.
You have to learn how to act a pop song. You have to find the balance of the pop from the pop song and the lyrical significance of the scene you are in.
I always try to make each character my own.
The idea of doing a production of ‘Carousel’ that doesn’t feel like it’s stuck in the 1950s really intrigues me.
Christine Bass was my high school music teacher. She took a program on its last legs and within a few years turned into one of the best programs in the country. Our high school dominated national choir competitions all through her 20-plus year tenure.
You hear about Broadway your whole life, and I learned what it meant to work on Broadway in ‘The Phantom of the Opera.’
It was surreal to play opposite Angela Lansbury and Elaine Stritch, Bernadette Peters and Catherine Zeta-Jones. There was so much to learn just from watching them, and it was an honor to share the stage with women who have accomplished what they have.
I get to sing and act and write and create and produce for a living and share art with people, and I feel like a piece of that is in honor of those who came before me.
My dad’s paternal grandparents were musically inclined. And I remember as a little kid going to visit them in their senior building, and they were, like, the stars of the building, especially hosting and performing in their senior talent show.
I went to the opening of ‘Sister Act,’ and I had such a great time. I had no idea what it was about, and I had never seen the movies. But I heard the show went through some major last-minute craziness in previews, and man, opening night was really fun and really entertaining.
I’m trying to go with the flow, which is not what I used to do. I used to try to micromanage my career choices.
I think that’s why I’m an actor: so I can tell those stories without having to really live through those stories with real consequences and real stakes, real responsibility.
My mom tells me the first show we saw was ‘The Secret Garden,’ but I don’t remember that.
I want to carry a show, but there are not a lot of leading parts for people who are not celebrities.
2009 was crazy enough! I can’t believe I worked with Jeremy Irons, Joan Allen, Marsha Mason, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury, Jack O’Brien and Trevor Nunn in the same 12 months.
Life in New York can be so, I don’t know, chaotic, overwhelming, busy, frantic, and often, seniors can easily get overlooked.