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THEATER BUFF: Alec Varcas of “50 Shades! The Musical”

April 16th, 2014 Comments off

Every third Wednesday of the month, a fabulous actor/singer/dancer fills out contributor Tom Mizer’s nosey little questionnaire and offers a glimpse of what he looks like from a bit closer than the mezzanine. For April, we’re getting shady with our man of the month…

Alec Varcas. Photo by Travis Lane.

Alec Varcas. Photo by Travis Lane.

Name: Alec Varcas 

Hometown: Wolcott, CT
 
Current Show/Role: 50 Shades! The Musical / Elliot
 
The best part of the show I’m working on now is: The Cast. Everyone in the show is so funny and talented that I can’t help but have a great time when I come to work.
 
The most challenging job in show business I ever had was: My first paid job when I was 18. I got called in by a local theater that was having a crisis with someone leaving the show; therefore they needed someone to step in. I decided to do the show, started rehearsing at 4pm on a Friday, and went on at 8pm that night. I was so nervous and stressed out, but it surprisingly went very well.
 
If I wasn’t a performer, I would be: An Entrepreneur. I have my degree in marketing and have always been interested in business. I would love watching my ideas come to life, starting my own business, and being creative designing new products/services.
 

THEATER BUFF: Steven Wenslawski of “Nothing But Trash”

March 12th, 2014 Comments off

Every third Wednesday of the month (or on special occasions like this, a week early!), a fabulous actor/singer/dancer fills out contributor Tom Mizer’s nosey little questionnaire and offers a glimpse of what he looks like from a bit closer than the mezzanine. For March, we’re making some sweet music with our man of the month…

Steven Wenslawski. Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia for Next.

Steven Wenslawski. Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia for Next.

Name: Steven Wenslawski

Hometown: Clayton, CA

Current Show/Role: Nothing But Trashroles - Johnny/Falcon

The best part of the show I’m in now is: The fun cast I get to work with!

The most challenging job in show business I ever had was: Probably my pre-equity apprenticeship at the Barn Theater in Augusta, Michigan. A typical hour of the day would find you rehearsing for a show, mowing a lawn, and cleaning a toilet. All between frequent applications of bug spray.

If I wasn’t a performer, I would be: In the orchestra pit, pounding the keys.

Places, intermission or curtain call? Curtain call. The sense of well-being that warms you after a performance free of mishaps.

The best pre-show dinner and post-shot cocktail in town are at: Best pre-show dinner for me is Chez Steven, because I do enjoy my own cooking. Post show I may take a nip at places like Industry or Flaming Saddles.

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THEATER BUFF: Andrew Brewer of “Sex Tips…”

February 19th, 2014 Comments off

Every third Wednesday of the month, a fabulous actor/singer/dancer fills out contributor Tom Mizer’s nosey little questionnaire and offers a glimpse of what he looks like from a bit closer than the mezzanine. For February, we’ve got just the right guy to show you how it’s done…

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. Read more…

THEATER BUFF: Buff Up 2014!

January 15th, 2014 Comments off

Every third Wednesday of the month, a fabulous actor/singer/dancer fills out contributor Tom Mizer’s nosey little questionnaire and offers a glimpse of what he looks like from a bit closer than the mezzanine. For January, we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite buffs and finding out what they’re up to now (you can click on their names to see their original profile)…

Jim Newman as "The Cowboy". Image via officialvillagepeople.com.

Jim Newman as “The Cowboy”. Image via officialvillagepeople.com.

JIM NEWMAN, JULY 2013

When last we spoke with Jim, he was up to no good in the musical Murder Ballad, but now it seems that he is “In the Navy” — or at least singing it — as the newest member of the Village People. Yep, Jim is the new “cowboy” in the classic disco-dancing, YMCA-loving sensation, taking over the role in September 2013 from Jeff Olson, who’d been a Macho Man since 1980.

Back releasing new tracks (“Let’s Go Back to the Dance Floor!”) and touring the world, the Village People will be swinging through Atlantic City February 15.  So head down to Resorts Casino , put on your dancing shoes and check out how well Jim fills out his ten gallon hat for yourself. Judging by his official pics in character (see left), we think he’s going to fit right in.

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THEATER BUFF: Nicolas Maffey of “Nutcracker Rouge”

December 18th, 2013 Comments off

Every third Wednesday of the month, a fabulous actor/singer/dancer fills out contributor Tom Mizer’s nosey little questionnaire and offers a glimpse of what he looks like from a bit closer than the mezzanine. For December, we’ve got a very special (and seriously smart) package under the tree…

Nicolas Maffey. Photo by Waleed Said.

Nicolas Maffey. Photo by Waleed Said.

Name: Nicolas Maffey

Hometown: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Current Show/Role: Turkish Delight (hand-balancer) and aerialist in Nutcracker Rouge by Company XIV.

The best part of the show I’m in now is: Without a doubt, the cast and crew. What makes Company XIV so unique is the integration of different talents. The circus artists, dancers, singers, designers, make-up artists are amazing at what they do, and when combined together, the result is extraordinary. Also, everyone is super fun, kind, and genuinely committed to our show. We love working together and the positive energy backstage helps me enjoy and give my all to the show.

The most challenging job in show business I ever had was: Being a nightlife performer definitely presents you with new challenges.   Before doing Nutcracker Rouge I performed in several different venues and clubs in NYC. The energy that you usually get from the audience is very different, shows are really late, and you are working with a different crew every time, so each performance is completely different.

If I wasn’t a performer, I would be: Probably a vet! This past May I graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Biology and hope to continue my studies in the future. I am a total science nerd and absolutely love animals so I think I would be a pretty good vet!

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THEATER BUFF: Matthew Montelongo of “One Night”

November 20th, 2013 Comments off

Every third Wednesday of the month, a fabulous actor/singer/dancer fills out contributor Tom Mizer’s nosey little questionnaire and offers a glimpse of what he looks like from a bit closer than the mezzanine. For November, we’re seriously thankful for our handsome, talented man of the month…

Matthew Montelongo. Image via Matthew Montelongo.

Matthew Montelongo. Image via Matthew Montelongo.

Name: Matthew Montelongo

Hometown: I was born and raised in Independence, MO.

Current Show/Role: I’m currently performing numerous roles (they all have mustaches and they’re all kind of jerks) in One Night at The Cherry Lane Theatre.

The best part of the show I’m working on now is:  The best part of being an actor in One Night at The Cherry Lane is that I finally am working at a stop on the Sex and the City Tour. I kid! Kind of. Seriously though, working at such a storied theatre on what might be the most beautiful block in Manhattan makes going to work every night just a little bit more thrilling.

The most challenging job in show business I ever had was:  I was in a production of a play called God’s Ear a few years back in which I had to wear six inch stilleto heels (actually, they were probably more like four inch pumps, but heck, who doesn’t lie about size?). I learned two things whilst doing that play: I have very pretty legs and no sense of balance.

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THEATER BUFF: Julius C. Carter of “Spider-Man” & “Hustling”

October 16th, 2013 Comments off

Every third Wednesday of the month, a fabulous actor/singer/dancer fills out contributor Tom Mizer’s nosey little questionnaire and offers a glimpse of what he looks like from a bit closer than the mezzanine. For October, get out your spandex and play dress up with our latest super hero…

Julius Carter. Photo by Kevin T. Garcia.

Julius Carter. Photo by Kevin T. Garcia.

Name: Julius C.(Caesar) Carter

Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa

Current Show/Role: Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark / The Lizard, Ensemble, Spider-man

The best part of the show I’m in now is: The First thing that comes to mind is the cast and crew. An extraordinary group of talented individuals that make this monumental show happen eight times a week! I also love putting on my spidey suit everyday! Not many can say they play a superhero everyday!

The most challenging job in show business I ever had was: Auditioning! It is by far the most difficult part of the business and never ends! Whether it is it is for a new show, existing show, commercial, TV, or film, it is always tedious and stressful.

If I wasn’t an actor, I would be: Lawyer, real estate (my families business) or teacher.

Places, Intermission or Curtain Call? Hmm, Places when I’m debuting a show; Intermission when it is someone’s birthday (we usually get cake); Curtain Call after my 500th performance of a show!

The best pre-show dinner and post-shot cocktail in town are at: My absolute favorite restaurant in New York is ROBERT on the 9th floor of the Museum of Art and Design at Columbus Circle! Chef Luisa Fernandes is a genius! Post-show cocktail- Cafeteria or Swing 46.

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THEATER BUFF: Joshua Buscher of “Big Fish”

September 18th, 2013 Comments off

Every third Wednesday of the month, a fabulous actor/singer/dancer fills out contributor Tom Mizer’s nosey little questionnaire and offers a glimpse of what he looks like from a bit closer than the mezzanine. For September, we’ve fallen for our man of the month — hook, line and sinker…

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!

If I wasn’t an actor, I would be:  A journalist, haha. I only laugh because I don’t believe that would have ever happened. I was originally a Journalism major in college, and learned right quick that was not the path for me.

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THEATER BUFF: Ian Paget of “Soul Doctor”

August 21st, 2013 Comments off

Every third Wednesday of the month, a fabulous actor/singer/dancer fills out contributor Tom Mizer’s nosey little questionnaire and offers a glimpse of what he looks like from a bit closer than the mezzanine. For August, we’re catching up with a buff who is not just bi — he’s tri-lingual…

Ian Paget. Photo by James Shubinski.

Ian Paget. Photo by James Shubinski.

Name: Ian Joseph Paget

Hometown: Born and raised in London til I was 12. Miami boy after that!

Current Show/Role: I play “Holy Beggar” and understudy Eli Chaim in Soul Doctor @ Circle in the Square Theatre.

The best part of the show I’m working on now is: My awesome cast! They are a wonderful group  of people and I’m so glad I get to be a clown with them backstage every night!

The most challenging job in show business I ever had was: Being Swing/Dance Captain on Leap of Faith. It was stressful and fun all at the same time and because of that I grew a lot as a performer/person.

If I wasn’t an actor, I would be: A stylist! SO many of my friends have told me I need to start a portfolio of the friends I’ve dressed and start a business. I could be to style what Mark Fisher Fitness is to gym!

Places, Intermission or Curtain Call? Curtain Call kinda guy… there’s nothing like seeing the audience jump up from their seats! That roar of excitement is the best way to end your day at work.

The best post-show cocktail in New York City is at: I personally love a glass of wine with my cheese spread at home BUT when I go out I’d say Glasshouse Tavern is great for a post-show moment with great food and ambiance.

After you’ve hit all the traditional sites of New York City, you should totally go to: The Frying Pan which is on the water (23st and west side highway). Great drinks/food and the view is nailing it.

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THEATER BUFF: Jim Newman of “Murder Ballad”

July 10th, 2013 Comments off

One Wednesday a month, a fabulous actor/singer/dancer fills out contributor Tom Mizer’s nosey little questionnaire and offers a glimpse of what he looks like from a bit closer than the mezzanine. For July, we’re feeling the heat with our talented man of the month and getting a jump on things as our theater buff takes over the role of “Tom” in Murder Ballad through July 18.

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.

Places, Intermission or Curtain Call? A few shows it was definitely Curtain Call but generally I’m a Places man.

The best pre-show dinner and post-shot cocktail in town are at: Classic Joe Allen’s preshow. Gym shorts, two folding chairs, a bottle of Pinot Noir and my roof terrace after.

After you’ve hit all the traditional sights of New York City, you should totally go to: Walk the High Line, slice of Nona Maria at Bleecker Street pizza and the Tenement Museum on the lower east side.

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