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If you like musical theater, watch this.  It’s from the Tony Award winning musical A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder.  Performances like this are the reason I love musical theater so much.  I feel like I need to plan a trip to NYC just to see this.  

Q&A: Jeff Kready

We literally CAN’T with the general Jeff Kready awesomeness. You won’t be able to, either. Read on:

Name: Jeff Kready

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Where are you from? Topeka, Kansas

Broadway credits: Les Miserables, Sunday in the Park with George, Billy Elliot, A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder

How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? I was in NYC for the day to be at an audition, and moments before I walked into the room, I got a call from Tara Rubin’s office that I had to send to voicemail. As soon as the audition was over, I raced to my phone and called them back. The receptionist said, “Dunja (the casting director for Les Miz) just stepped out, let me have her call you back.” Torture. I walked to the big McDonalds on 42nd street and sat upstairs to wait. 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 60 minutes, 80 minutes went by, so then I caved and called them back asking when Dunja was expected to be back in. ”Oh I’m sorry, she walked right back in after we got off the phone and I forgot to tell her you called.” (Me: silent scream) Dunja came on the line and said, “Jeff, I want to congratulate you- the team wants you to be in the ensemble of the upcoming Les Miz revival… Hello?” Me: “Oh my god.” Then I spent the next three hours calling my family, friends, and every mentor/teacher who’d ever helped me get there. I couldn’t stop laughing for the rest of the day.

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? Broadway Inspirational Voices. They. Can. Sang. They give me chills and bring me to tears. I think the only way to describe it is to say they make me feel like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UH3BTk7V1PU#t=17

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? I am fascinated by Broadway stage managers. It is still one of my favorite things to watch someone call a show from the deck- talking quickly in code, pushing buttons, flipping switches, managing the unexpected and staying cool as a cucumber. They are so rad.

What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? One place where I really find inspiration is when I make a trip out to my friend David Hibbard’s lake house at Upper Greenwood Lake in Jersey. Being from Kansas, sometimes living in Manhattan gets to be a lot, and the lake helps me clear my thoughts. It’s my own Walden Pond.

If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… Barack Obama. Duh.

If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… my pen pal, Thoa, who lives in Vietnam, because I know the experience would make me appreciate everything about my life. We have so much excess in this country and take it all for granted- I know this, and yet still grit my teeth when there’s a line at Starbucks. I think living for one day in a place where running water is a luxury would forever alter my perspective.

To be successful in this business, it takes… some natural ability, a whole lot of hard work, and a little bit of luck.

Tell us a secret. I had to stop myself from finding a clever way of answering each of these questions with a picture of my daughter, Lena. She and my wife, Nikki Renée Daniels, are my everything. So I will include said picture here and congratulate myself for only including one gratuitous baby pic.

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The best thing about “A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder” (at least in my opinion) is that the cast recording is absolutely wonderful and I love it completely but the Tony performance of “I’ve Decided to Marry You,” with its staging and costumes and acting and dialogue, is about 10 times better than the recording and I just… THE ACTUAL FULL SHOW MUST BE FRICKIN’ SPECTACULAR I CAN’T EVEN IMAGINE. 

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder | Now open on Broadway at Walter Kerr Theatre. The musical comedy just opened this week and the reviews are pretty stellar. I’m just thankful it’s not just another stage adaptation of a movie or jukebox musical.

Read about it: Time Out NY, New York Times, Variety, EW

Q&A: Eddie Korbich

Full of cool stories and such a fun guy to talk to- check out Eddie on Monday!

Name: Eddie Korbich

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Where are you from? Shamokin, Pennsylvania (A coal mining town in Central Eastern PA)

Broadway credits: 11 B’way shows—-Singin’ in the Rain, Sweeney Todd (Tobias), Carousel (Mr. Snow), Seussical, Wicked, After the Night and the Music (Keith), The Drowsy Chaperone (George), The Little Mermaid (Scuttle), A Christmas Story (Santa), Breakfast at Tiffany’s, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Magistrate)

Also—Original cast of Assassins as Zangara—-Playwright’s Horizons

How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? After 2 days of whittling down in the audition process I was told I would be hired as I was getting ready to leave the Geshwin Theatre—-I was doing a dinner theatre job in Elmsford and they said “Be prepared to give your notice in a couple weeks”

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? I like the Flea Market and Broadway Barks —-even though we got our dog from another venue. You wanted me to say Broadway Bares, didn’t you?

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? After working in all these theaters by their history and potential ghosts!! Never have seen one though.

What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? I’m always inspired by the voice-over community and the completely different type of creative fulfillment you get from cartoons.

If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… Coffee—right at this moment??  Anyone from Downton Abbey—-we are in a marathon watching session and loving it!

If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose…Trade places——-ummmm—-either my daughter or my partner—their brains work so much better than mine in so many ways and I’d really be fascinated by it—-and hopefully I could use all the info to get more calm, sane and organized!!

To be successful in this business, it takes… 2 words—-Never Doubt (But you have to work at it!)

Tell us a secret. Secret, huh?  Nah—-what you see is what you get—-21 years ago it was I’m gay but that’s no secret anymore.  And anyway-there’s  no secret once I tell it.
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Jackson Elwood was feeling great. His first night of Phantom after three weeks of rehearsals went amazing. Here he was, his first bow as Raoul and it could only be described as amazing for him. He got out of costume, got notes, and walked out of the theatre.

After playing Monty in A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder, the young actor had gotten a small following. Mostly teenage girls, but it was a built in audience that could only grow according to him. Jackson walked out of the theatre to see several girls lined up, waiting to get their playbills signed and get pictures.

As he continued on with signing and selfies, he noticed a long haired man with curly brown hair. It looked like one of Christine’s wigs. He brushed it off as just a random person and continued signing. Jackson eventually finished and started to head home before seeing the long haired man again.

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