Every 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’re seeing double with aerial artists Andrew and Kevin Atherton, who appear in Cirque du Soleil’s first venture on Broadway: Paramour.
Andrew and Kevin Atherton
Wigan, Lancashire, United Kingdom. [A county to the north and west of Manchester.]
You’ve been performing with Cirque du Soleil for more than 16 years — how is Paramour different than the previous shows?
Andi and Kevin: Paramour combines musical theater with Cirque du Soleil and is a blend of the two otherwise very separate worlds. With Paramour we follow a very clear, linear story, told with lyrics, text, dance and acrobatics. This is something very different from our previous shows. We feel privileged and proud to be part of something like Paramour.
You famously performed in Varekai for more than 3,000 performances without ever missing a show, but what happens when one of you gets sick? Is there a hidden triplet to step in?
Andi and Kevin: There’s no hidden triplet to step in! Yes, we have been sick on numerous occasions during our time with Cirque du Soleil. Our passion for the stage and performance, along with a good adrenaline boost once we enter the stage, has meant we’ve been able to work though these obstacles. We honestly love every part of what we do, and we’d miss it if we weren’t able to perform for any reason.
If I weren’t an aerialist, I’d be:
Kevin: Fat and hairy.
Andi: Fatter and harrier.
Which is your favorite? Places, Intermission or Curtain Call?
Andi: All of the above. I love to perform.
Kevin: Places. I love the energy backstage before the show begins. Especially at Paramour. It’s electric.
Our favorite best post-show cocktail in New York City is at:
Andi and Kevin: The New York Beer Company. It’s near the theatre and has a fun, relaxed atmosphere. It’s a great place to meet friends after the show.
After you’ve hit all the traditional sites of New York City, you should totally go to:
Andi and Kevin: The High Line. This elevated parkway offers many great views of the city.
If I could live anywhere else in the world it would be:
Andi: On a beach somewhere.
Kevin: I’m a West Coast kind of guy. I love Los Angeles, so I’d probably live in the hills of West Hollywood.
Our workout “secret” is:
Andi and Kevin: Never lifting weights that are too heavy to compromise your technique. Doing so will only risk injury. We always concentrate on our form no matter what exercise we’re doing.
Our favorite website that you may not have heard of is:
Andi and Kevin: Houzz.com — It’s a favorite of ours, as we both love interior design and architecture.
People would be surprised to learn that we . . .
Andi and Kevin: Drink beer and eat burgers.
Ten years from now I’d like to be:
Andi: Happy, healthy, and surrounded by my family.
Kevin: A father!
Paramour opens May 25 at the Lyric Theatre. Click here for ticket information.