THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER's Price Waldman
Welcome to THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with your favorite Broadway stars. Want to know what hooked them to a career in the theater? Their dream roles? Their Broadway crushes? Read on!
What is the first Broadway show you ever saw?
To be honest, I can't recall if it was THE MAGIC SHOW or THE ROBBER BRIDEBROOM back in 1975. I have a distinct recollection of being amazed by the illusions of Doug Henning - however I was blown away by Dale Soules and her fantastic performance of "West End Avenue" which, being the street on which I lived, held that much more emotional resonance (even for a 9 year old). As for THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM, I had grown up with all it's incarnations, seeing the workshop production at St. Clements Church starring Raul Julia, then the following year The Acting Company brought it to Broadway in a limited run at the Harkness Theater across the street from the ASCAP building (alas, it was torn down in 1977 to become a public space with at climbing wall). Patti LuPone and Kevin Kline fresh out of The Juillard School acting program killing it as 'Rosamund' and 'Jamie Lockhart.' Revival, anyone?
What is your most unique pre-show ritual?
Trying to walk past the nearby Chipotle without stopping in for a burrito. I usually fail.
What is your most memorable "the show must go on" moment?
Two summers ago I was up at the Weston Playhouse in Vermont performing in a wonderful new musical SAINT-EX by Jenny Giering and Sean Barry. We opened the show and had just completed our first weekend of performances. Then the theater was hit by the brunt of Hurricane Irene. The adjacent river poured into the basement carrying 9 feet of water, mud and sludge into the dressing rooms scene shop, brand new orchestra pit, downstairs restaurant and cabaret space. Then something miraculous happened. This small town of 600 came together with the actors and theater artists to save their theater. It was a herculean effort, but one week later we were back on stage (this time with the orchestra!) performing for a grateful community.
What is the one role you want to play before you die?
'Sweeney Todd.' I saw the original cast in previews at the Uris Theater. Len Cariou channelling so much rage into theatricAl Gold. Got a chance to be in the ensemble (and played Fogg, the head of the insane asylum) for Goodspeed back in '96. As dance captain I put the understudies through their paces back then and slipped into playing 'Sweeney' so the 'Mrs Lovett' understudy could have a scene partner... once bitten, haven't been able to shake it off! Maybe one day....
Who is your Broadway crush?
I have crushes on performers who tend to be positive under less than ideal circumstances. I got to know Patrick Page when we worked together in THE LION KING and Dr. Seuss' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS. His dedication to craft, and joy in creating theatrical magic were a pleasure to witness. Then, Patrick became the calm and positive force in the maelstrom of misery that engulfed SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK. He goes out of his way to celebrate the effort that goes into making theater happen. The fact that he is hugely talented and a genuinely nice person make him my Broadway crush.
Where can people stalk you online?
One day when I have a moment, I will finally get around to making www.pricewaldman.com.