As an actor, every job you do, you make a new family. There is something special about theatre and its 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 cast mates) and see what their bookshelves look like! Welcome to my Broadway Book Chat!
Currently performing as Claude Frollo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame at The Fulton Theatre
What are you currently reading?
I’m reading The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse by Robert Rankin. This oddly named book was a recommendation from a friend who nearly cried telling me how much he loved it, and how many times he re-read it. We’ll see…
What is your favorite book series?
Man this is a tough one… There are so many that I have loved over the years; from The Lord of the Rings books, to Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire series, C.J. Box’s Joe Pickett series, Sara Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski series, Harry Potter, The Dark Tower… Too many wonderful hours. If I have to choose one, I’ll go with John Sanford’s Prey series and his principle character Lucas Davenport. I don’t know how many he’s written (upwards of 30 by now)- but I’ve loved them all. No wait!! It has to be the Tales of the City series by Armistead Maupin. I lived and cried, and loved with this group of people Maupin created for years- re-reading each book like it was the first time. Yep, that’s it. Tales of the City.
Who is your favorite author?
I thought this one would be harder- but my immediate response is Stephen King, and I’ll stick with that. I’ve been reading his work since his first published novel, and we’ve sortof grown up together. Just finished his latest, The Outsider, and loved it. Other favorite authors: John Irving, Peter Straub, Harlen Coben, Armistead Maupin, John Sandford, Craig Johnson, Neil Gaiman, Ray Bradbury…
What book inspires you and why?
Do plays that I’ve read count as books? There are so many plays I’ve read over the years that inspired me to be a better person/actor/friend/husband… When I was a kid (six or seven years old) I received a boxed edition of A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh series for my birthday that I read over and over again. I wanted so desperately for those stories to go on and on forever. I was really bereft when I realized there were no more Pooh books, no more stories. Maybe that’s why I love all these series: The characters go on as long as the author keeps writing. I know I get inspired by characters who behave heroically. I wish I were able to access the better angels of my nature when I read about people doing the right thing against all odds.
Which literary character would you like to play?
Ned Stark… Or Robin Hood… or Walt Longmire… or Iago… Because it would be a BLAST!! Ned Stark, Robin Hood, and Walt Longmire are men of character and virtue who behave heroically. Iago is just as bad a guy as ever was written, and that would be too much fun!
If you could be friends with any of the characters you have played, who would it be and why?
Fred Graham/Petruchio from Kiss Me Kate. Who had more fun than Petruchio? Or maybe Sweeney Todd/Benjamin Barker… maybe I could persuade him not to go back into that pie shop….
What book would you like to see turned into a movie/musical/play?
I’d like to see a musical version of Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. I’ve seen a pretty badly realized BBC TV movie, and a very small scale play in Chicago. This cries out for a musical.
What book is next on your reading list?
The Listener by Robert McCammon
What show are you currently working on and who do you play?
I’m currently in The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the Fulton Theatre playing Claude Frollo. The last show I did was Guys and Dolls playing Arvide Abernathy. Two more disparate roles I could never have hoped for in the same season!
What is your favorite show you have been a part of and why?
Probably Sondheim’s Follies because that’s where I met my favorite person in the world– my wife.
I 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 the insanely talented David for sharing with us! ❤