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Theater Buff: Andrew Chappelle of “Hamilton”

February 18th, 2015 Comments off

Every third Wednesday of the month, a fabulous actor/singer/dancer fills out editor Matthew Wexler’s nosey little questionnaire and offers a glimpse of what he looks like from a bit closer than the mezzanine. This month we go political with Andrew Chappelle, who appears in the new musical Hamilton (by In The Heights creator Lin-Manuel Miranda), a rousing take on one of our founding fathers.

Andrew Chappelle (photo: Evan Sherman via The Broadway Blog.)

Andrew Chappelle (photo: Evan Sherman via The Broadway Blog.)

Name:
Andrew Chappelle

Hometown:
Los Angeles, CA

Besides Hamilton’s, what is your favorite political sex scandal?
I suppose the Bill Clinton Monica Lewinsky fiasco. The Anthony Weiner mess was also funny given his name.

Andrew Chappelle (center) and the cast of "Mama Mia!" (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Andrew Chappelle (center) and the cast of “Mama Mia!” (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

If I weren’t a performer, I would be:
Somewhere driving people in an office crazy.

Places, Intermission or Curtain Call:
Places! There is always excitement in the air before our show begins. The audience doesn’t know what’s they are about to see. The cast comes together and has a moment to focus and then its showtime!

The best post show cocktail in New York City is at:
The Library at The Public Theater, of course! I love a dirty martini.

After you’ve hit all the traditional sites of New York City, you should totally go to:
Blind Barber in the Lower East Side or you could go see an improv show at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Chelsea.

Take the jump for more with Andrew, including a sneak peek at his sketch comedy show, Sketch Betch.

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Theater Buff: Albert Guerzon of “Honeymoon in Vegas”

January 21st, 2015 Comments off

Every third Wednesday of the month, a fabulous actor/singer/dancer fills out editor Matthew Wexler’s nosey little questionnaire and offers a glimpse of what he looks like from a bit closer than the mezzanine. We kicked off the New Year with a gamble and it paid off. Albert Guerzon from Honeymoon in Vegas dishes about how to stay in shape and where to binge on “wangs” and ribs.

Albert Guerzon (Photo provided by Brilliant Talent Management.)

Albert Guerzon (Photo provided by Brilliant Talent Management.)

Name:
Albert Guerzon

Show:
Honeymoon in Vegas
Nederlander Theatre
208 West 41st Street

Hometown:
Nyack, NY

Your ultimate honeymoon destination:
Boracay, Philippines. It’s not as crowded and less expensive than Hawaii.

How do you channel your inner Elvis?
Hmm. My Elvis reminds me of The Dynamo outfits in Mamma Mia. I’ve done that show for so long I can’t help but compare the boots and spandex. But I channel the moment I get to take those heels off after the curtain call. LOL!

If I wasn’t a performer, I would be:
A teacher. I think if I went the normal college route I probably would’ve studied early music education.

Places, Intermission or Curtain Call?
I love the curtain call! There’s something really special about seeing a crowd stand up and feeling like you’ve done your job as an individual and as a company. There’s a huge sense of teamwork and gratification that comes from hearing screams and seeing people on their feet. I don’t know what they’re going through but for those two-and-a-half hours we’ve been able to help them escape, laugh and be inspired.

Albert Guerzon (Photo provided by Brilliant Talent Management.)

Albert Guerzon (Photo provided by Brilliant Talent Management.)

There’s more! Take the leap…

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THEATER BUFF: Charlie Williams of “Peter Pan Live” & More!

December 17th, 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. Extra special thanks must go to Andrew Glaszek, who is not only a former buff himself, but the man who helps find our talented men each month. For December, we’ve got an extra-talented, extra-handsome, extra-special package to put under your Christmas tree…

Charlie Williams. Photo by Daniel Robinson.

Charlie Williams. Photo by Daniel Robinson.

Name: Charlie Williams

Hometown: Cary, North Carolina

The best & worst parts of doing Peter Pan Live on television were: The worst part was the commute. We filmed in a sound stage out in Bethpage, Long Island. It’s a little over an hour commute each way on the Long Island Railroad. That means a lot of early mornings in Penn Station and a lot of late nights on the train. I live in Hell’s Kitchen so I’m not used to such a long commute! The best part was definitely the people. We had such a special cast and I really feel like we all became true friends through the entire process. I miss them all!

When I was a performer at the Kennedy Center Honors (airing Tuesday, December 30th on CBS), I was most starstruck meeting: Pentatonix. I’m a huge Pentatonix fan and we were dancing backup for them on the honors this year! It was great meeting them and finding out that they’re just as cool and down to earth as they seem to be.

If I wasn’t a performer, I would be: I would love to own my own design firm and help facilitate the design and completion of artistic spaces. Or a fire fighter. Read more…

THEATER BUFF: Evan Siegel of “Cabaret”

November 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 November, we are especially thankful for this handsome, talented and verbally dexterous man of the month…

Evan Siegel. Photo by Mark Jenkins.

Evan Siegel. Photo by Mark Jenkins.

Name: Evan Siegel

Hometown: Delmar, NY

Current Show/Role: Cabaret; Han/Rudy

The best part of the show I’m working on now is: The incredible cast and crew. I am beyond fortunate to work with such a warm, close-knit, and caring group of people. It is truly a joy to go to work every day, and to tell a timely and poignant story alongside people for whom I have boundless admiration, respect, and love.

The most challenging job in show business I ever had was: A few years ago, I was in Miami rehearsing for a cruise ship contract. I was required to learn mountains of material, including solos in Italian, Spanish, German, and Swahili. To complicate matters, I also had to miss 10 days of rehearsal to sing a series of benefit concerts in Zimbabwe with Teatro, an international platinum-selling vocal quartet. So one morning, I desperately rehearsed my daunting multi-lingual ship repertoire for a few hours, and then began a 50-hour voyage from Miami to New York to London to Johannesburg to Zimbabwe. This was my first time performing with Teatro, so I learned the entire 90-minute set in the airspace between North America, Europe, and Africa.  Zimbabwe was mind-blowing, and we raised $50,000 for a child cancer relief organization called Kidzcan. Then I flew from Zimbabwe to Johannesburg to Cairo to New York to Miami, slept for a few hours, was back at rehearsal by 8 a.m., and a few days later flew to Italy for six months through the Mediterranean, Arabia, India, and Africa. I think I’m still recovering! Read more…

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THEATER BUFF: Bobby Pestka of “Aladdin”

October 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 October, we’re using up one of our three wishes to meet…

Bobby Pestka.

Bobby Pestka. Image via Bobby Pestka.

Name: Bobby Pestka

Hometown: Born in the Philippines and grew up in Phoenix, Arizona

Current show/role: Aladdin / Ensemble

The best part of the show I’m working on now is: Being a working actor. Having a set schedule and going to work every day to a great group of people and doing what I love most. To catch a dream and live it.

The most challenging job in show business I ever had was: During my senior year in high school, I landed my first professional job as a “swing” in Legends In Concert, a Las Vegas show based in Waikiki, Hawaii. I was going to school half day and performing two shows each night. I remember squeezing in homework whenever I could… on the bus, between shows and even backstage at times. I couldn’t wait for Graduation Day to arrive, so then I could just focus on dancing.

If I wasn’t a performer, I would be: Renting kayaks to tourists or running my own beach bar on some beautiful island.

If I could be any Disney character for a day (other than Aladdin), I would want to be: Ariel from The Little Mermaid. Oh, to be a part of that (underwater) world! lol Yes, definitely, Ariel! Read more…

THEATER BUFF: Adam Kemmerer of “Fabulous!”

September 17th, 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 September, we’ve got a guy who is truly fabulous…

Adam Kemmerer. Photo by Chasi Annexy.

Adam Kemmerer. Photo by Chasi Annexy.

Name: Adam Kemmerer

Hometown: Catasauqua, Pennsylvania

Current Show/Role: Rock Henderson in Fabulous! The Queen of New Musical Comedies

The best part of the show I’m working on now is: Listening to the waves of laughter my castmates get every night.

The most challenging job in show business I ever had was: I was in a production of Forever Plaid in New Hampshire. I think we had to learn the music and choreography in 3 days. I remember a lot of cursing and gentle sobbing. But it turned out to be one of my favorite productions of all time.

If I wasn’t a performer, I would be: I’ve always wanted to be a police officer. Someone that can help his community. So I think a NYPD detective would have been fun. I’d settle for playing one on TV though.

Places, Intermission or Curtain Call? I like intermission best. You get to take stock of how your show is going and make adjustments for the audience you have that day and you also have one more act to get it right! Read more…

THEATER BUFF: Erik Altemus of “Pippin”

August 20th, 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 August, we’re getting back to nature with our man of the month…

Erik Altemus. Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia.

Erik Altemus. Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia.

Name: Erik Altemus

Hometown: San Ramon, California

Current Show/Role: Pippin / Lewis (Pippin us)

The best part of the show I’m working on now is: TThe blend of musical theater and circus.

The most challenging job in show business I ever had was: Playing Kurt in The Sound Of Music with a 105-degree temperature. Thanks to my Mom for the intermittent cold presses and TLC.

If I wasn’t a performer, I would be: A professional wild food forager!

Places, Intermission or Curtain Call? Curtain Call, straight up.

The best post-show cocktail in New York City is at: The Men’s Dressing Room at the Music Box Theatre. Read more…

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THEATER BUFF: Nick Cearley of “Pageant” & “The Skivvies”

July 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 July, we’re crowning a very special man of the month…

Nick Cearly with Lauren Molina of "The Skivvies". Photo by Michelle Blake.

Nick Cearley with Lauren Molina of “The Skivvies”. Photo by Michelle Blake.

Name:  Nick Cearley

Hometown:  Fairfield, Ohio (Between Dayton and Cincinnati)

Current Show/Role:  Pageant as Miss Great Plains and 1/2 of “The Skivvies”

The best part of the show I’m in now is:  Getting to take my make up off.  

The most challenging job in show business I ever had was:  Being a swing!

If I wasn’t a performer, I would be:  I don’t know how to do anything else.

The best pre-show dinner and post-show cocktail in town are at: I love Lillie’s supreme nachos.  And actually, I am a beer snob so I love Beer Culture right next to the theatre on 45th so I enjoy going there after the show.

After you’ve hit all the traditional sights of New York City, you should totally go to:  Sleepy Hollow (Tarrytown) in the fall.  The town turns into a Halloween love letter and the Pumpkin Blaze is something I look forward to all year long. Read more…

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THEATER BUFF: Mark MacKillop of “Broadway Bares”

June 18th, 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 June, we’ve got a special treat! To celebrate one of Broadway’s biggest charitable events of the year, we’ve got one of the men who will be raising big bucks—and temperatures—at Broadway Bares: Rock Hard! this Sunday, June 22.

Mark MacKillop. Photo by Mirko Fuhrherr.

Mark MacKillop. Photo by Mirko Fuhrherr.

Name: Mark MacKillop

Hometown: Vancouver, BC

The best part of doing Broadway Bares is: Getting to have an amazing time performingwith my friends while raising money for an amazing cause. [Please make a donation now to get Mark to his goal while supporting all the amazing work Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS does to provide essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.]

In order to prepare to go Bare, I’ve been: Going to the gym more, and blasting fundraising pleas on my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter…haha!

The most challenging job in show business I ever had was: Probably being on tour for a whole year.  Staying true to the show and delivering 100 percent every night is constant work.  People always say how can you do one show somany times and not get bored, the answer is easy, it’s constant work to stay present and focused on the show, small things change every night so it’s exciting to be a part of that. Read more…

THEATER BUFF: Olaf Triebel of “Queen of the Night”

May 21st, 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 May, we’ve got someone worth bending over backwards for…

Olaf Triebel. Photo by Heike Wippermann.

Olaf Triebel. Photo by Heike Wippermann.

Name: Olaf Triebel

Hometown: Born and raised in Hagen, Germany but living in Montreal, Canada for the past 14 years (when not on tour).

Current Show/Role: Queen of the Night, circus artist and artistic coordinator for the circus part of the show.

The best part of the show I’m working on now is: The stories you get to hear after the show from your cast mates about what has just happened to them during the show. Some of the stories are priceless but not meant for the general public! What happens at the Diamond Horseshoe stays at the Diamond Horseshoe.

The most challenging job in show business I ever had was: Pretty much this one. It is a great show that can be very different from night to night. Because of the immersive nature of this show it depends so much on the audience and their willingness to let go and just go for it. You can have a shitty day and then have this one interaction with a guest that just totally makes your day (unfortunately sometimes you have a great day until you have this one interaction with a guest…) We are trying to stay vulnerable throughout the show as much as we can to not only ask the audience to be open for intimate and private experiences, but to [also] give them something real and intimate back. So the way people behave during the night can effect you a lot. Read more…

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