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 get trippy with Brand Leffler, now appearing in Trip of Love.
Mayfield Heights, Ohio
If you could go on a “Trip of Love,” where would you go and whom would you take with you?
Well, if there were no limits, I would probably go back in time to the 1960s and experience the decade of love for myself! James Walski, our director and choreographer, has given us so many details and stories about the 1960s. It was such an incredible time. Hmm, I would probably bring my grandmother, Gloria. She has firsthand experience with the decade and would make an excellent companion and tour guide. Sound good, Grandma?!
What are some of your favorite moments from the show?
One of my favorite moments in the show is “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’.” Dionne Figgins, who plays the role of ‘Jennifer,’ is absolutely incredible in this number and the dancers are killing it as well. There are constant intricate costume changes throughout the number. It is really a sight to be seen.
If I weren’t a performer, I would be:
As a kid and to this day I have always been fascinated by the ocean. Growing up I really wanted to be a marine biologist, which then turned into the dream of being a dolphin trainer at Sea World. After the Blackfish documentary came out a few years ago, I was happy with my choice to be a Broadway dancer instead.
Places, Intermission or Curtain Call?
I’m going to go with places. A fresh start every night.
Best pre- or post-show meal:
My current favorite spot to chow down is Bocca Di Bacco in Hell’s Kitchen. They have an incredible dish made with squid ink pasta and all kinds of delicious seafood goodness called Taglierini Neri con Grancho. I cannot recommend it highly enough!
If I could live anywhere else in the world it would be:
Possibly Greece or Italy. I have some Grecian heritage that I have never explored.
My workout “secret” is:
I do go to the gym a couple of times a week, but my main workout is dance. I dance in the show at night, teach dance and take class when I can. All dance all the time and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
When I’m looking for a date, nothing attracts me more than:
Someone that can look me directly in the eye and speak freely, honestly and open.
People would be surprised to learn that I . . .
Have a crazy fear of heights! The only reason that’s surprising is because in every show that I’ve done I am attempting some incredible feat high above the earth. Not just tumbling, but also stilt walking, surfboard balancing, monkey cage climbing and understudying an enormous giant also on stilts.
When I was 10, I wanted to be just like:
Ten years from now I’d like to be:
Shaping and molding the next generation of incredible dancers and performing artists.
Trip of Love is currently playing at Stage 42, 422 West 42nd Street, NYC.