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THEATER BUFF: Sam J. Cahn of “Memphis”

February 15th, 2012

Every third Wednesday, a fabulous actor/singer/dancer will fill out my nosey little questionnaire and offer a glimpse of what they look like from a bit closer than the mezzanine. For February, we’ve been hit by cupid’s arrow…

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.

If I wasn’t an actor, I would be: I’d be working in the sports medicine field. Anything from personal training to orthopedics. I love learning about how the body works. The bodies needs, limitations, and possibilities are all fascinating to me.

The best post-show cocktail in town is at: Well, I’m a huge Wine-o. Sosa Borella always provides a quiet, warm and relaxing environment for a post-show Chardonnay.

After you’ve hit all the traditional sites of New York City, you should totally go to: The Cloisters. It’s the perfect feeling of being home yet far away from it all. There’s such a peaceful energy….time seems to stand still, which allows me to re-invest in my thoughts without constant distraction.

Photo by Thomas Synnamon.

If I could live anywhere else in the world it would be: I’d have to say Germany or Switzerland. I’m intrigued by the language, culture, and the history. Plus, the people are so kind.

Board shorts, speedo or skinny dip? Skinny dipping is definitely my preference. However, there’s a time and place for all 3. Nothing like a sensible costume change at the pool or on the beach.

Dancing for Cecilia Marta's Dance Company. Image via Sam J. Cahn.

My workout “secret” is: Eat all the pizza you can handle and make sure both your parents have REALLY GOOD genes….Thanks mom and dad!

When I’m looking for a date, nothing attracts me more than: Intelligence, ambition, and humor.

When I’m web surfing, the site I’m most likely to be on is: I’m OBSESSED with home furnishings….I’m most likely to be on

My idea of Valentine’s romance is: A candlelit dinner and a movie at home cuddled up with the one I love. I’m a hopeless romantic.

People would be surprised to learn that: I’m adopted and Jewish 🙂

When I was 10, I wanted to be just like: Vitaly Scherbo, 1992 Olympic champion gymnast. Vitali always knew what he wanted to do. Once his parents accepted gymnastics as a career, he soared and became arguably one of the most successful gymnasts of all time. Vitaly’s story has stuck with me for the past 18 years and because my parents were able to see and embrace that dancing was the road I chose, Ive had an incredibly fulfilling career as an artist.

Ten years from now, I’d like to be: A father.

Breakfast in bed or midnight snack?Definitely a midnight snack. I like to be satisfied before I fall asleep.

Photo by Thomas Synnamon.

Photo by Thomas Synnamon.

Photo by Thomas Synnamon.

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