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An Interview With The Marvelous Michael Musto


CC: Who is the Marvelous Michael Musto?

MM: I'm just a simple kid from Brooklyn who landed into the most enchanted lifestyle imaginable.

CC: When did you see your first show?

MM:On a school trip, we went to see the original "Man of La Mancha," way into its run, so it wasn't even Richard Kiley playing the lead role, I don't think. The whole production had a shabby feeling to it by that point and it was all bleak and despairing beyond belief for me--I wanted something splashy and fun like a feathery, sequiny "No, No Nanette" sort of thing.

Next we saw "The Me Nobody Knows," which was a sweet, earnest little revue, but also not exactly what I had in mind. But I hung in there, knowing I'd ultimately connect with the magic of Broadway, and it surely happened. In '75, the year both A Chorus Line and Chicago hit Broadway, my head spun around and I became the ultimate theater queen for life.

CC: Top ten favorite Broadway shows?

MM:A Chorus Line, Chicago, Gypsy, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures, Annie, Dreamgirls, Moose Murders (I swear!).

Off Broadway: Little Shop of Horrors is my all-time favorite. I can't wait to see the revival. Feed me!!!


C: I loved Little Shop of Horrors! I am looking forward to seeing Kerry Butler and Hunter Foster. What is a typical day in the life of Marvelous Musto?

MM: As a Voice columnist, I can set my own hours, working out of my home, but also stopping by the office every day to interact with actual humans. The day is mostly spent gabbing, going through invites, fielding calls, and writing. Then at 6 pm, my real work starts--living the man-about-town life that I write about. I go to screenings, then plays, then after-parties, then clubs. By the end of the week, if I'm still alive, I get to write whatever I want about it all.

CC: When did you realize your love of theater?

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