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N-town Q/A

October 11, 2013

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Q: What is it about music and performance you enjoy so much?

A: That’s the question you can’t answer. It’s just the driving force, the desire to just be in front of people and sing. Hopefully bring something new to musicals everybody’s seen a 100 times — doesn’t even matter what the title is. But hopefully I’m going to bring something new to the song that hasn’t been done before, something new to the character. That’s always fun. And I never forget that people come to be entertained so that’s the number one motivator.

Q: What else would you be doing if you weren’t performing?

A: I would be a psychologist.

Q: Really? How come?

A: I’ve always been fascinated by psychology and I think I have the temperament to sit for hours and listen to people’s problems and try to help them figure it out. That’s always been attractive to me. But then again it’s a lot of work. You have to go to school — you have to read books. [laughing] So I was never going to make it as psychologist.

Q: Tell me about “The Rocky Horror Show.”

A: I’m not a true historian but “The Rocky Horror Show” was born during the glam rock era — when you had flamboyant performers like David Bowie. I think it’s a marriage of glam rock and really bad horror movies — like so bad, they’re good, horror movies.

I was introduced to “Rocky Horror” in high school. I probably saw it 50 times in high school. I’ve always wanted to do the stage show so here we are. And I’ve always wanted to play Eddie — come out, sing a great song, get murdered — it’s awesome.

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