Broadway Book Chat

Broadway Book Chat: Melissa Weyn

Broadway Book Chat

As an actor, every job you do, you make a new family.  There is something special about theatre and it’s ability to bring people together in a way that is unlike any other.  I have made so many amazing friends throughout my career, and many of them share my love of books and literature.  Since theatre brings stories to life, I thought I would feature some of my favorite performers (my fabulous friends and castmates) and see what their bookshelves look like! Welcome to my Broadway Book Chat!

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Melissa Weyn

Currently touring the U.S. with The Sound of Music

http://www.melissaweyn.com

instagram: @melweyn

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Rupi Kaur’s new book, The Sun and Her Flowers.  She is one of my favorite poets, along with Nayyirah Waheed.

What is your favorite book series?

My favorite book series is Harry Potter…. I mean, duh.

Who is your favorite author?

My favorite author…. That’s tough.  I would have to say Lois Lowry.  She was the first author who made me want to read more when I was younger.

What book inspires you and why?

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The Glass Castle by Jeannette Wells is one of my all time favorites.  Her candidness about her upbringing is captivating.  It motivates me to carve through life’s turbulence, no matter the circumstance, and strive to be a better human.  It also inspires me to take a true look at my life and humbles me.  We take so much for granted sometimes– I am overflowing with things to be thankful for.

Which literary character would you like to play?

I would love to play Jo March from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women in a play or musical adaptation of some sort.  I have loved that book since I was little, and I just relate to her fire.  Her spirit is so well depicted and just glorious.

What book would you like to see made into a musical/play/movie?

I would love to see The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah be turned into a movie.  That book wrecked me in the best way.  It’s about two sisters in France in World War II, and the roles they play as women in the war.  Hannah’s writing is like a painting and I think it would be a beautiful movie.

Where is your favorite place you have visited on tour?

Vancouver is FOR SURE my fave so far.

What is the next book on your reading list?

I honestly think I am going to re-read the Harry Potter series.  Being on tour, I feel like it’s the perfect bus read!  I also want to read All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.  I’ve had multiple people tell me it’s a MUST.

Catch Melissa and the rest of the cast of The Sound of Music on tour around the US!

http://thesoundofmusicontour.com/

I will feature a new performer every month! I would love some suggestions for questions you would like to ask, or things you want to know!  Leave them in the comments and I will add them to future interviews! Thanks to my beautiful and loving friend Melissa for sharing with us!  She’s the real deal y’all. ❤

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Broadway Book Chat: Conor McGiffin

Broadway Book Chat

As an actor, every job you do, you make a new family.  There is something special about theatre and it’s ability to bring people together in a way that is unlike any other.  I have made so many amazing friends throughout my career, and many of them share my love of books and literature.  Since theatre brings stories to life, I thought I would feature some of my favorite performers (my fabulous friends and castmates) and see what their bookshelves look like! Welcome to my Broadway Book Chat!

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Conor McGiffin

Currently on tour with A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

www.conormcgiffin.com

instagram: @mcdiva92

What are you currently reading?

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

What is your favorite book series?

The comic book series Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.  It is the only comic book series I have read multiple times.  It is so deep and intense and the mysteries that are put forward are some of the most engrossing stories I have ever read.  It takes the whole genre and turns it on its head.

Who is your favorite author?

Can I say more than one? When I was in 5th and 6th grade I had a very intense book affair with R.L. Stein.  I would sneak away at lunch to finish my book and check out a new one from the library.  Throughout my life, I would have to say J.K. Rowling.  As a total acting nerd, I also have to mention Uta Hagen.

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What book inspires you and why?

The book I am currently reading, Shantaram, inspires me.  It really gets me to not take things for granted, and to know that no matter bad you think your life is right now, it can always be worse, but you can climb out of it as well.

Which literary character would you like to play?

Richard III

What book would you like to see turned into a movie/musical/play?

I would like to see The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien as a movie.  The Vietnam backdrop would be cinematically enthralling.

What book is next on your reading list?

Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan

 

Check out Conor and the rest of the cast of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder on tour throughout the US!

www.gentlemansguideontour.com

I will feature a new performer every month! I would love some suggestions for questions you would like to ask, or things you want to know!  Leave them in the comments and I will add them to future interviews! Thanks to my amazing boyfriend, Conor, for sharing with us! 🙂 ❤

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Broadway Book Chat: Anthony Chan

Broadway Book Chat

As an actor, every job you do, you make a new family.  There is something special about theatre and it’s ability to bring people together in a way that is unlike any other.  I have made so many amazing friends throughout my career, and many of them share my love of books and literature.  Since theatre brings stories to life, I thought I would feature some of my favorite performers (my fabulous friends and castmates) and see what their bookshelves look like! Welcome to my Broadway Book Chat!

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Anthony Chan

Currently playing Prince Chulalongkorn on the National Tour of The King and I

www.chan-anthony.com

instagram/twitter: @chanttt

What are you currently reading?

I just finished All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (for the second time, hehe).  There is something about WWII that fascinates me, and this book really hit it out of the park me– the way the book progresses, the dynamics in which the characters are written, and how much detail is put into each short chapter that switches between the story of the boy and the story of the girl.

What is your favorite book series?

Harry Potter. Next question, please! Haha. Seriously though- I remember getting the books when I was a teenager and finishing them the minute I got home.  I couldn’t put those books down!

Who is your favorite author?

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Kurt Vonnegut! I remember reading Cat’s Cradle for one of my summer reading books for Honor’s English class in high school, and his weird way of story telling got me hooked.

What book inspires you and why?

This may be a weird answer, but You’re A Badass by Jen Sincero.  That was the first book I read in 2017, and it truly did direct me in a path for the coming year.  It’s a self-help book, indeed, but it inspired me to take 2017 into my own hands and get it DONE.

Which literary character would you like to play?

Holden Caulfield in Catcher in the Rye.  He’s such a complex character and goes through so many of the same things that most teenagers go through.  He’s also a badass.

What book would you like to see turned into a movie/musical/play?

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan! They’re already in production for the movie, and I cannot wait to see the drama unfold on the big screen! And the fact that the movie cast Asian actors to portray roles written for Asians!

What book is next on your reading list?

Next up is a book that the incomparable Laura Michelle Kelly, our leading lady Anna Leonowens, bought for me– Identity: Discover Who You Are and Live a Life of Purpose by T.D. Jakes.  But after that, I want to read The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly.  I’m not a big fan of romance novels, but my Big really liked it, so I thought I would give it a whirl haha.

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Catch Anthony and the rest of the cast of The King and I on tour around the US!

www.thekinganditour.com

I feature a new performer every month! I would love some suggestions for questions, or things you would like to know! Leave them in the comments and I will add them for future interviews! A huge thank you to my love Anthony Chan for sharing with us! ❤

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Broadway Book Chat: Blaire Baker

Broadway Book Chat

As an actor, every job you do, you make a new family.  There is something special about theatre and it’s ability to bring people together in a way that is unlike any other.  I have made so many amazing friends throughout my career, and many of them share my love of books and literature.  Since theatre brings stories to life, I thought I would feature some of my favorite performers (my fabulous friends and castmates) and see what their bookshelves look like! Welcome to my Broadway Book Chat!

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Blaire Baker

Most Recently Seen in Bullets Over Broadway at Ogunquit Playhouse

http://www.blairebaker.com

What are you currently reading?

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  This book is SO important and I think everyone should read it.  Her observations about the racial dynamics in American society from the point of view of an outsider are astounding.

What is your favorite book series?

As someone who stayed up through the night reading each time a new book came out, I have to give it to Harry Potter.

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Who is your favorite author?

Stephen King.  I started reading The Strand when I was 14 (I was a very morbid teenager apparently) and I got hooked into King’s characters and work.

What book inspires you?

Wild by Cheryl Strayed and The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.  I love the outdoors and hiking, but I can’t even IMAGINE the physical and mental transformation Cheryl Strayed went through.  The Artist’s Way is the book I always go back to when I am feeling down and uninspired in my career.  It helps me rediscover my creativity and joy!

What literary character would you like to play?

Hadley Richardson in The Paris Wife. I love the Jazz Age, I love Paris, and I love Hadley.

What book is next on your reading list?

I’m finally going to attack my apartment and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.

What book would you love to see made into a movie/play/musical?

The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern.  Her descriptions of the circus are so spectacular, I would love to see what that would look like fleshed out.

I will feature a new performer every month! I would love some suggestions for questions you would like to ask, or things you want to know!  Leave them in the comments and I will add them to future interviews! Thanks to Blaire for sharing with us! 🙂

 

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Broadway Book Chat: Bridget Elise Yingling

Broadway Book Chat

As an actor, every job you do, you make a new family.  There is something special about theatre and it’s ability to bring people together in a way that is unlike any other.  I have made so many amazing friends throughout my career, and many of them share my love of books and literature.  Since theatre brings stories to life, I thought I would feature some of my favorite performers (my fabulous friends and castmates) and see what their bookshelves look like! Welcome to my Broadway Book Chat!

Bridget Elise Yingling

Most Recently Seen In: Bullets Over Broadway at The Ogunquit Playhouse

www.bridgeteliseyingling.com

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What are you currently reading?

1984 by George Orwell.  I never read it in school, so I’m reading for two reasons: 1) I want to read it before I see it on Broadway, and 2) our current political climate… self explanatory.

 

What is your favorite book/series?

I LOVE thrillers and mysteries so I’ve definitely read and loved all of Gillian Flynn’s books.

Who is your favorite author?

I don’t have a favorite author, but my favorite book ever is Native Son by Richard Wright.

What book inspires you?

The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan- It is a collection of essays and stories by a young college graduate who died a day or two after her college graduation.  What she was able to see and understand about the human race at that young of an age is all too inspiring.

What literary character would you like to play?

If age didn’t matter, I would LOVE to play Scout from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.

What book would you love to see made into a movie/play/musical?

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. It’d be a 3 day long movie, but I would LOVE to see that book as a film.

What book is next on your reading list?

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

I plan to feature a new performer every month! I would love some suggestions for questions you would like to ask, or things you want to know!  Leave them in the comments and I will add them to future interviews! Thanks to Bridget for sharing with us!  You’re a rock star. 🙂