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THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- AMAZING GRACE's Chris Hoch

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!

In this week's edition, we caught up with Chris Hoch, who stars as 'Major Archibald Gray' in Amazing Grace, currently playing at the NederlanderTheatre.

What is the first Broadway show you ever saw?

Angels in America: Millennium Approaches. Needless to say, it was life changing and spoiled me forever on what to expect when seeing a Broadway show. In a related funny story - I loved the show so much that when I saw it again, I brought my Dad. After the show, he became very uncomfortable and asked (very lovingly) if this was my way of coming out to him. (He thanked me years later when another member of my family actually did come out to him. He said, "Chris, you were the one in theatre. I had been preparing my whole life for it to be you.")

What is your most unique pre-show ritual?

My preshow ritual has recently become taking a shower as close to half hour as possible. I often do this at the theatre, as the Nederlander has a surprisingly good shower (much better than mine at home.) Plus, after a matinee on a two show day, a shower is great to wash away all the shame and self-loathing that I have accrued during the first show.

What is your most memorable "the show must go on" moment?

The opening night of "Dracula, The Musical" - The doorframes used in the show would come up from below the deck. And on opening night, for some reason, the doorframe did not come all the way up, so it was impossible to actually open the door, as both the frame and the door were slightly below the deck. So, after trying to push the door open and then stalling for time by knocking on the door (the frame still had not risen high enough for me to open it) I made some gesture like "Oh! Of course, it's locked! I forgot my key." So then I walked slightly upstage and pretended to open a window and "climb" through it to get into the room. That was a cheap, cheap laugh.

What is the one role you want to play before you die?

Well, assuming it was right before I died, my dream role would probably be playing FDR in a very successful production of Annie where I could just sit in that wheelchair and have other people cart me around all day.

Who is your Broadway crush?

I would say my current show crushes are Tom Hewitt and Chuck Cooper. They both are obviously very honored and flattered by this and desperately compete for my attention.

Where can people follow you online?

Eh, I'm not really into the social media thing. If you wanted to "follow" me, wouldn't you rather just buy a (full price!) ticket to Amazing Grace as opposed to reading some humblebrag where I tweet about how #soblessed I am?


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