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THEATER BUFF: Keith Kühl of “Smash”

March 21st, 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 March, we’re getting meta by showcasing a performer who plays a Broadway performer on TV. But don’t worry, he’s got plenty of experience on the boards as well…

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.

If I wasn’t a dancer, I would: Have loved to have gone to school to be an Architect.

Performing on camera or on stage? I love the experience of performing on Broadway with a live audience. It is special to be a part of the Broadway community and the ‘family’ of the show you are in and providing a unique experience to a different audience every night. But I also love working in front of the camera for Film or Television. It’s exhilarating knowing your work is being captured on film and there is so much pressure to get it right because of the amount of money involved. They both feed my soul though and are satisfying in their own way.

The best post-show cocktail in town is at: Sosa Borrella on 8th Ave. and 50th St. My post show/filming drink varies from a glass of red wine to a nice draft beer. But you can never go wrong with a Margarita on the rocks with salt.

Photo by John Ganun.

After you’ve hit all the traditional sites of New York City, you should totally go to: The Lower East Side where I live. It looks like ‘real NY’ with some of the best restaurants and bars in the city, not occupied by tourist or ‘Bridge and Tunnel’ folks. There is the Tenement Museum on Orchard and Delancy that gives historic tours of the neighborhood and apartments and describes different families’ lives of that time who lived in the apartments. My favorite places in the LES are Barrio Chino on Broome St. and the Meatball Shop on Stanton St. One the greatest unknown gems in the city also in LES is the Rockwood Music Hall on Allen St. It is a very small bar with live music. Every day starting at 6, there is a new band/musician playing every hour till 12am. I love to just spontaneously walk in not knowing what type of band will be playing and sit with a glass of wine for a few hours watching and listening to the different musicians fully in their element.

In Rio with Zeke Ruelas. Image via Keith Kuhl.

If I could live anywhere else in the world it would be: I have lived in Chicago and LA, which both are great cities, but I have no desire to live anywhere else because I love NYC so much. I have always had a strange fantasy to settle down and have kids and live in Portland, OR. They have one of the best school districts in the country along with being one of the most beautiful small cities with its surrounding nature.

When I’m looking for a date, nothing attracts me more than: Someone with a strong genuine character, regard and respect for others and of course I am really attracted to someone with BIG…eyebrows.

The best website you’ve probably never heard of is: It’s a great web site with listings of cool new things opening up and events in every major city.

Pick a Marilyn: Monroe, Manson or Munster? Marilyn Monroe, for sure!

People would be surprised to learn that I: Am a pretty down to earth, simple guy that doesn’t like a lot of attention.

Breakfast in bed or midnight snack? I would always love a midnight snack. I can never get enough to eat. But breakfast in bed is way more thoughtful and romantic.

In Dubai. Image via Keith Kuhl.

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