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THEATER BUFF: Andrew Brewer of ‘Sex Tips…’

February 19th, 2014 Comments off
Andrew Brewer. Image via Andrew Brewer.

Andrew Brewer. Image via Andrew Brewer.

Name: Andrew Brewer

Show/Role: Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man / Stefan

The best part of the show I’m working on now is: Getting to share the stage with two incredible actors. Jason and Lindsay are just the best and it’s a blast to be up there every night with them.

If I wasn’t an actor, I would be: A teacher. I wanted to go to school for math education before I got into acting so I would probably try for that.

Places, Intermission or Curtain Call? Places. There’s something about that moment as the lights are going dark and the show is starting that just sends every fear and doubt about acting or being in a show to the forefront of my mind. Then one step onto that stage and it all goes away.

Keep reading over at our sister site The Broadway Blog…

THEATER BUFF: Joshua Buscher of ‘Big Fish’

September 20th, 2013 Comments off
Joshua Buscher. Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia.

Joshua Buscher. Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia.

Name: Joshua Buscher

Hometown: I was born in St. Charles, Missouri, but I grew up in Littleton, Colorado.  Now that I moved to New York my parents moved to North Carolina… I consider it the town where my home is!

Current Show/Role: I’m currently in Big Fish.  I’m the Dance Captain/Fight Captain/Swing

The best part of the show I’m in now is: Working with this cast and creative team. The process of creating and building a new Broadway musical is beyond daunting, but when you have a group of people that are this creative, talented, and most of all genuinely nice, it makes it go a little bit smoother.

The most challenging job in show business I ever had was: Serving tables for a pre-show crowd! I’m considering this a show business job because I was an actor every night.  You have to be everything for those people, and let me tell you… they’re a tough crowd! Thankfully I haven’t  had the need to go back!

Keep reading and see more photos over at The Broadway Blog…

THEATER BUFF: Jim Newman of ‘Murder Ballad’

July 12th, 2013 Comments off
Jim Newman. Photo by Rob Lang.

Jim Newman. Photo by Rob Lang.

Name: Jim Newman

Hometown: Center Point, Alabama

Current Show/Role: Tom in Murder Ballad

The best part of the show I’m in now is: The score is fantastic. Love singing this music and our band is kick ass!

The most challenging job in show business I ever had was: Curtains. Emotionally it was tough because I was back on a chorus contract after 12 years of Principal contracts and I was really focusing on being grateful and knowing that I’m a grown-up and have bills to pay but the ego is a little devil on your shoulder and it has a lot of influence.

If I wasn’t an actor, I would be: Really frustrated that I wanted to be an actor and was doing something else.

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…

 

 

Theater Buff: Philip Rosenberg

May 15th, 2013 Comments off
Philip Rosenberg. Photo by Katia Kosova.

Philip Rosenberg. Photo by Katia Kosova.

Name:  Philip Rosenberg

Hometown:  San Francisco, California

Current Show/Role:  Pippin /  Player and Acrobatic Captain

The best part of the show I’m working on now is:  I have to say that the best part of Pippin is getting to work with such an incredibly talented cast. I don’t think I ever in my career worked in a show in which every single member of the cast brought such such energy, creativity and skill to the stage. I normally work solely with other circus artists, so the whole world of musicals are generally new to me. Coming into the project, I knew little about singing or dancing in the style of Mr. Fosse, but I feel I couldn’t have been luckier to be introduced to this by my fellow cast mates, most of whom are Broadway veterans. We couldn’t ask for a better group of circus artists as well.  In my opinion some of the greatest talents spanning the globe. So I guess I have to say that it is extraordinary people in this show that really makes Pippin extraordinary.

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog… 

Theater Buff—Colin Cunliffe of ‘Pippin’

April 17th, 2013 Comments off
Colin Cunliffe. Photo by Martin Fitzpatrick.

Colin Cunliffe. Photo by Martin Fitzpatrick.

Name: Colin Elliott Cunliffe

Hometown: Littleton, Colorado.

Current Show/Role: Pippin / Pig, Head, Player.

The best part of the show I’m working on now is:This job is truly a dream come true.  Fosse has always been where my heart is. While never feeling like I could ever perfect his style, it’s always been where I feel most comfortable.  Fosse was also the first Broadway show I saw. It starred Stephanie Pope and Brad Musgrove, both of whom I adore and am working with now. I also saw a show called La Vie about 6 years ago from Les 7 doigts de la main that changed my life. Gypsy Snider is one of the founding members of this troupe and is responsible for the circus choreography in Pippin. It was the most amazing circus I had ever seen — a bit more narrative, sexy and creative then what I had experienced before. It became my dream to do or create a show like that but never thought it was possible as most of these people had trained in circus their whole lives. I had also auditioned for Diane Paulus back when The Donkey Show was here (I think I was too hairy for the rollerskating fairy) as well as for Hair, where I totally bombed. So, when I heard about Pippin there was almost a sense of calm through the crazy audition process, almost being guided into where I know I needed to be. Now I am living out all of those dreams while beginning to colloraborate with my new AMAZING circus family. Where I am today feels right and am very grateful for it.

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…

 

THEATER BUFF: Grasan Kingsberry of “Motown the Musical”

March 20th, 2013 Comments off
Grasan Kingsberry. Photo by Kristopher Kelly.

Grasan Kingsberry. Photo by Kristopher Kelly.

Name: Grasan Kingsberry – named after my grandfather’s middle name Gray, and great-grandfather’s first name Sandy.

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Current Show/Role: Motown the Musical/Four Tops, Jackson 5 (Tito), Contours

The best part of the show I’m working on now is: Being able to listen to and perform with a 19-piece orchestra playing Motown music!! And then seeing the audience go bananas! It doesn’t get much better than that.

The most challenging job in show business I ever had was: I’d have to say was when I did the out of town tryout for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in San Diego.  At the time I had just started dating someone back in New York.  It was only my second show but my first being a part of an original production.  I knew no one in the cast. So being away from home, my boyfriend, and being in an unfamiliar environment amidst new and interestingly dynamic personalities in the cast made it a challenging experience.

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog… 

THEATER BUFF: Peter Nelson of ‘Cinderella’

January 17th, 2013 Comments off
Peter Nelson. Photo by Michael Cinquino.

Peter Nelson. Photo by Michael Cinquino.

Name: Peter Nelson

Hometown: Highland, Utah

Current Show/Role: Cinderella/Ensemble, and a super-secret-surprise feature.

The best part of the show I’m in now is: The incredibly talented and kind cast/crew. Every person involved is working tirelessly to make the show a special piece, and I’m convinced it will show. Also the haunting musical score. I grew up on the Rodgers and Hammerstein movie musicals, and this one has some of my favorite tunes. It’s a dream come true to be in an original production of one of their works.

Find out more about this stud over at The Broadway Blog.

 

THEATER BUFF: Matthew Steffens of ‘The Tempest’ & More

November 28th, 2012 Comments off

Matthew Steffens. Photo by Leon Le.

Name: Matthew Steffens

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA (I was a Navy brat so I moved around my whole life.)

Current Show/Role: The Tempest at the Metropolitan Opera, Broadway Varietease (at Stage 72 every other  Monday), BC Beat, appearing in NBC’s Smash (season 2).

The best part of the shows I’m in now are: For The Tempest, I get to be in hair and makeup for 40 minutes and then run around stage acting like a crazy monkey as one of Ariel’s mischievous fairies, but more importantly the cast is the most amazing group of supportive performers to work with. And for Broadway Varietease, the sound of people laughing hysterically!

The most challenging job in show business I ever had was: The second national tour of Contact. The dancing in that was the most exhilarating/challenging part of the show, but I was the Servant in the first scene with the swing, and the swing had a mind of its own…especially since we were in a different location every week. I would come back to the hotel most nights and put heat on my back, ice on my knees and order Dominos!

Find out oh so much more and see more pics over at The Broadway Blog…

THEATER BUFF: Keith Kühl of “Smash”

March 21st, 2012 Comments off

Photo by John Ganun.

Name: Keith Kühl

Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Current Show/Role: Recurring dancer in the Marilyn Musical on SmashNBC Monday nights.

The best part about working on Smash is: Working with the extremely talented cast and crew and having the opportunity to dance a new production number choreographed by the amazing Josh Bergasse every week.

The most challenging job in show business I ever had was: Dancing for Twyla Tharp on Broadway. She demands you to work to and past your limit every second. There is no holding back and no excuses. You have to ‘step up’ and ‘serve’ or you will be eaten alive by her.

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog

THEATER BUFF: Sam J. Cahn of “Memphis”

February 15th, 2012 Comments off

Photo by Thomas Synnamon.

Name: Sam J. Cahn

Hometown: Bellevue, WA

Current Show/Role: Memphis / Ensemble

The best part of the show I’m in now is: Goofing off in the dressing room with the boys!! Seriously, it’s the opening number, ‘Underground.’ We get the show started right….DOWN and DIRTY!!

The most challenging job in show business I ever had was: The most challenging AND rewarding job thus far was Celine Dion’s A New Day. The choreography was physically AND technically very demanding….especially on a raked stage. Lots of chest beating! Aside from the physical challenges, being onstage with 49 other dancers while Celine is wailing is an indescribable feeling…nothing yet has compared.

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…