Meet the Stars of NYMF: Ethan Andersen of HEADVOICE
New York Musical Theatre Festival is in full swing and BroadwayWorld has taken the time to sit down with some of the stars of this years NYMF musicals.
Like any great art form, musical theatre is shaped by the events and philosophies of the day. The strength and vitality of musical theatre lie in its ability to stay fresh and relevant. It was with that idea in mind, ten years ago, that the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) was created - to provide an effective platform to introduce new shows, new perspectives, and new blood into the musical theatre canon.
MEET THE STARS OF NYMF sits down with Ethan Andersen of HEADVOICE
What's your favorite thing about performing as part of NYMF?
Creating new theater and a new character is definitely the most exciting thing. HeadVoice's rehearsal room is filled with amazing people with amazing energy all devoted to creating the best possible show. Figuring out what works and what doesn't along the way is super fun. And being a part of the Festival atmosphere and knowing that this kind of thing is happening in twenty more rehearsal rooms as well is exciting.
Have you participated in NYMF before? If so, what's your favorite part and what drew you back to the festival?
This is my first NYMF experience (my first summer in NYC as well)! So I'm eager to see the other shows and how the festival comes together.
What other NYMF show are you most intrigued by or excited to see?
It's been so fun participating in some of NYMF's promotional events and hearing selections from other shows. HeadVoice is a small and intimate show, so I'm interested and seeing some of the bigger musicals in some of the larger venues.
Tell us about your show/character?
HeadVoice is about Eric, a young writer, who as a way of dealing with some major events that have happened in his life, retreats into his mind and decides to write the perfect musical about his life...but he uses the Voices in his head to tell it. Eric is fun and challenging to play because he tries to stay in control of his Voices and his musical but he's ultimately sucked into playing himself and re-experiencing the things in his life that he's running away from. On top of that, Eric plays the piano on stage!