We have a lot of users on the site who say they want to get into acting and theater, which I've never figured out. I guess it's a form of procrastination, but how did you get started?
I started doing regional theater in Philadelphia when I was 11, so it was good practice for what was to come.
I guess a lot of people think you have to go to New York or L.A.
You have to start somewhere. You have to know what to do and know how to audition before you start really really doing it. That's just the way to do it, I think.
What's your favorite part of the show? Any moment where you never have to worry about being present?
I love the songs. I think performing the songs is my favorite part of the show. The harmonies are cool and I like how they're all ensemble-oriented, so we're all friends and we're all just singing together every night. It's a cool vibe. I really dig it. Everything's really cool, but I love "The Mirror-Blue Night," just with the set and the lights and the performance, and the song is really neat. And I love "Touch Me." I think "Touch Me" is really stunning. The music and the harmonies are absolutely beautiful.
I think (composer) Duncan (Sheik) says that's his favorite song in the show.
Yeah, I think it is. I think he said that at the Virgin store (where the cast did a CD signing and performance).
So, do you have your version of the Rentheads, the people who have seen the show over and over?
Yeah... there's quite the familiar faces, because we also have people onstage with us, and those are the cheap seats, so the people that come back tend to gravitate toward them. So, you can totally identify a face that's sitting there, because they come back all the time and you start to know them. There's quite a lot of people who do that.
That's actually one of the criteria I was trying to use when I picked what shows to review for the site, because it's a site for youth, so I can't sell them on a lot of $110 shows.
Yeah, that's why it's good to have seats that are accessible. And I think there are even student rush seats that aren't onstage, but are cheaper. I feel like this is a perfect show for youth, not especially gay youth, but gay youth have something they can respond to. Because what happens in the show happens to everyone. It's just about being a teenager and experiencing things. I think all teenagers should see this show. I think the show is very accessible for whoever you are and whatever age you are. Except maybe if you're like 10.
I mean, everyone talks about there being nudity, but it's not over the top.
It's not vulgar. It's not in your face. I think it's handled delicately.
And, not because of the nudity, but that was my favorite moment of the show. I just thought that was when it all fused together for me.
Oh, I agree.
When you're all just gently rocking that stage and singing "I Believe," that was the transcendent moment of the show for me.
I was out of the show like a month and a half ago, and I got to see it because ... I wasn't sick, I just couldn't do the show that day. And I finally got to see it, and I got goosebumps during the sex scene because it's really intense. And it's such a collective experience, which is really cool and I got goosebumps and my mouth was open. And once it was over, I was like, 'Oh my God!' It just made me very appreciative that I'm in the show. It reinvigorated my passion for it. When I came home, I called everyone and was like, 'That scene is so good.' It was just so good!
That was when it all... like, sometimes, it did seem there was an odd imbalance between the 1891 text and the modern rock songs. Collectively, I think it does build to something greater than both of those things. But, from the beginning, it's like 'What? He's pulling a microphone out of his schoolboy uniform?!' What's going on?
A lot of people have said that, too.