Gavin Creel: Interview

And there seems to be something about this show where... I mean, I've known people who do this in regional theater, and you hear it's different than any show they've done, and the cast gels in a way they never do in other shows... what is that? Do you know what the magic is?

No. I do think it's magic. I think the fact that it's tribal. It's about being one being being that moves together. It's the fact that... I don't know. It's kind of like trying to explain love, in a way, I think. You can't really explain it. It's just a feeling. And it is true, though, you've nailed it.

Everybody who does this show sort of feels connected in a way, and I guess maybe that is it? The fact that it is love. It's connected, and it's about connecting to everyone around you, and being one unit and all things are one. I believe it. And even when things in your life break apart, or something happens to you that you feel you're a shard splintering off in some way, in your job, or your life, or whatever, I don't know... now I can't run from the truth that we kind of are attached, and that means ... I think I just sound high now (laughs).

Even anytime you and Will would be next to each other onstage, just looking at each other, you just felt that these guys have been friends all their lives for some reason.

Oh, I love that. I love that! I was so worried about that, because I actually saw the show and I was like, 'God, did I invent that relationship?' Because, to me, it's the most important thing. But when you step outside of it, you think, does the audience even see this?

So, I'm glad you said that. Berger, to me, and Will specifically, is just the most important on that stage for me. I mean, they're all important, but I'm kind of nothing without him. It's an amazing relationship.

How do you develop something like that?

I don't know. People have asked me that before, and I'm just like, I don't know?! I think it's just trust, and a willingness, because Will had obvious done it with two other people before me and I was like, 'I know you walked this walk with someone else, but I just ask that you stay open' and he was so game and ready to re-explore things and open up.

And I'd like to think my energy brought something out in him also, as his did in me. I think chemistry onstage is something that... you know, I'm a pretty easy guy, and pretty willing, but you either have that chemistry or you don't. And a lot of times, you do. There's a lot of times where I'll be able to find it.

You know, I never had chemistry like I had with Sutton Foster in (Thoroughly Modern) Millie, which was my first show in New York, and this is obviously the closest thing I've had with a guy, but it's weird because Will is so nothing like me and, offstage, he's nothing like the character that he plays. So, it's that magic again. So, I guess I can't explain that either. I'm not doing a very good interview here, am I? You ask me questions and it's all 'I don't know, man. It's unexplainable!' (laughs)

Well, it makes it clear why they cast you in Hair... (laughs)

(laughs) Exactly. Just go with it! Dude... Bro...

So, how many performance of Hair did you end up doing on Broadway?

Hmm, let's see, I started...

You don't know the tally?

I don't, because I missed a bunch from illnesses and injuries and stuff, but probably around 300? 300 and change, maybe? A lot.

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The photo of Gavin on this page was taken by Jenny Anderson at the National Equality March October 11, 2009. I couldn't figure out how to contact her, so let's hope she's cool with it.