And, from what I understand, you're changing costumes all the time. Is this show a workout for you?
It's exhausting, it really is. As soon as I enter the show, I don't leave except for when I'm doing costume changes. It's two and a half hours, and it's like a race of constant cardio. I don't stop sweating until the curtain comes down. It's really, really physical.
How many costume changes do you have in the show?
I have 21 costume changes. And there's an incredible wardrobe team that helps get in and out of all those crazy outfits. It's a crazy night. And I love that the pace of the show clips along so quickly that you don't have time to feel the exhaustion until the show is over. And then we all collapse. It's funny, because it's the least amount of dancing I've had to do in a Broadway show, but it's the most exhausting for sure. The most physically demanding.
Don't let Baayork Lee (the choreographer of the Chorus Line revival and original Chorus Line cast member) hear you say that... she'll be offended.
I know when I talked to Robin De Jesus, when he doing La Cage, he mentioned going to see Next Fall, which was a depressing gay play, and he thought Broadway needed a fun gay show that celebrates things more, and then he realized he was actually in the fun gay show that celebrates things. Do you enjoy being in what I assume is the gayest thing playing on Broadway right now?
Absolutely! What's cool about the show is it has major gay themes and really reaches out to the gay community, but it also makes it so accessible to people who aren't part of that community. It clicks with every audience, which I think is really great.
If you can take a show about two drag queens and a transvestite and have middle America come and enjoy it and root for the characters. But it does celebrate our community, it doesn't make fun of it. But it is really over the top and campy, but there is a really special heart in the musical.
You can go to the show and have a really great time, but there also is a message. And our final song is "We Belong," and it really has become the anthem of Priscilla, about acceptance, tolerance, and that everyone has a place to express their individuality. So, for people to walk away from our musical with that message, I feel great at the end of the night.
I get e-mails from kids who are in high school being bullied, and struggling, and they're depressed and come see the show, and they walk away with more confidence and a different outlook, which to me is much bigger than the gratification I've ever had personally from a show, where it feels good because I like to perform and it's a personal thing.
But to see the way this show affects people is the biggest reward. I can't say enough about how many e-mails the cast receives from people that have been touched by it and that, to me... I never thought it could surpass the feeling you get from applause at the end of the night, but to see how you can touch people and how it changes them, I just didn't anticipate it with a show like this, because I thought it was just going to be a fun, good time. It's really special.