Full given name: Thomas Joseph Anderson
Song: "Light of the World"
Where you were born/where you were raised: Negaunee, MI
Special skills: Musical instruments of many shapes and sizes. Rubik's cube solving - just like Jake!
Something you're REALLY bad at: Replacing things once they're old and crappy. I can't remember the last time I bought a pair of shoes for myself. Usually somebody just takes pity on me and buys me new ones.
Did you have any particular mentors or inspirations as a young actor? My Aunt Roseanne. Her community theater performances in The Music Man and Arsenic and Old Lace (among others) are legendary in my hometown.
Current local show you have been recommending to friends: I actually haven't seen very many shows lately. Two shows I really liked (but are now closed unfortunately) were Sordid Lives (Ludicrous) and References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot (National Pastime). References in particular made me feel like I was in a David Lynch film from the moment I walked into the building. Very cool. Also, I'm super excited to see Pirates of Penzance on the Tall Ship Windy.
Favorite show tunes of all time: Pretty much anything Sondheim or (yes I'll say it) Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Favorite musical: Impossible to choose one, but... Man of La Mancha?
Your personal acting idols: Daniel Day-Lewis, Kevin Spacey, Laura Dern, Jeff Bridges
MAC or PC? Mac for the most part
Most played song on your iPod: WFMU live stream (in iTunes)
Must-see TV show(s): Arrested Development, Louie, Spaced, Rocko's Modern Life, The Office (U.S. and UK are both good in my book)
Some films you consider classics: The Godfather (of course), There Will Be Blood, The Big Lebowski, Mullholland Drive
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Louie C.K., Chris Rock, Jeff Mangum, Norm Macdonald
Pop culture guilty pleasure: Kanye West
Three favorite cities: I am not well-travelled, but let's say Chicago, Rome, and Marquette, MI.
First stage kiss: As Finch in How to Succeed...
Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: I was in Odyssey of the Mind (anybody remember that?) in 5th grade. I made a joke in a skit about how horrible the Detroit Lions are. Everybody laughed. It was awesome.
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: Fretting
Most challenging role you have played onstage: Probably Daniel in The Complete Works of Shakespeare [Abridged]. Only because it involved rapping.
Leading man role you've been dying to play: Leo Bloom in The Producers, Mozart in Amadeus, Bobby in Company, the list goes on...
Three things you can't live without: Music, Laughing, Pasta.
"I'll never understand why": Most things happen. I am in a perpetual state of confusion.
See T.J. in The Brown Paper Box Co.'s production of GODSPELL September 20 - October 7, 2012 at Collaboraction Studio 300 in the Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 North Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. For tickets and additional information, visit brownpaperbox.org.
Full given name: Andrew Harper Lund
Born: Newtown, Pennsylvania
Raised: Cincinnati, Ohio
Special skills: I can lick my elbow.
Something you're REALLY bad at: Cooking rice. Really bad is a compliment.
Did you have any particular mentors or inspirations as a young actor? My high school theatre director, Stephen Skiles, was big on doing really minimal sets and challenging pieces, while maintaining pretty high production quality for a high school. He really fueled my love for reinventions/adaptations of shows. He also exposed me to acting Shakespeare for the first time. I will always thank him for that.
Current local show you have been recommending to friends: Anything The Hypocrites are doing at the time. SERIOUSLY. PLEASE GO SEE THEM.
Favorite Chicago neighborhood: It’s not really a neighborhood, but the Museum Campus and Northerly Island is my favorite place in the city.
Favorite show tunes of all time: “The Old Red Hills of Home,” “I’m Alive,” … Really anything I can belt.
Favorite musical: It fluctuates between Parade, Company, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
Favorite play: Our Town
Your personal acting idols: Amy Poehler, Louis C.K., Benedict Cumberbatch, Kristen Wiig, Neil Patrick Harris, and anyone that plays villains.
MAC or PC? PC!
Most played song on your iPod: “Valerie” a la Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson
Must-see TV show(s): Bob’s Burgers, Parks and Recreation, Battlestar Galactica
Last good movie you saw: A documentary on Netflix called Dear, Zachary, filmed by a guy trying to preserve the memory of his murdered friend. It’s definitely sad, and fairly unnerving at times, but very much worth a watch.
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Ingrid Michaelson
Pop culture guilty pleasure: Do adorable internet animal pictures count?
Three favorite cities: Chicago; Columbia, SC; Cleveland
First stage kiss: Cabaret. It was also my actual first kiss.
Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: After destroying my sanity trying to comprehend Developmental Biology my junior year of college.
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: I have a preshow playlist that I warm-up to on shuffle and I add one new song for every show that I do. It ranges from Florence + the Machine to “Colors of the Wind” from Pocahontas.
Most challenging role you have played onstage: Jean in Miss Julie. I am not even remotely that character. At all. But I had an amazing director who not let me slack off and pushed me really hard.
Leading man role you've been dying to play: The Balladeer in Assassins and Elder Price from The Book of Mormon.
Leading lady role you wish you could play: My only real dream was Juliet, and I got to cross that off my list earlier this Spring!
Three things you can't live without: Music. Bread. My friends. In that order? I don’t know. Cheese is a close fourth.
"I'll never understand why…": I can either easily open a banana on the first try, or spend another minute and a half digging smooshed banana out of my finger nails, desperately clawing at the fruit from the side. ALL I ASK FOR IS CONSISTENCY, BANANA!
See Andrew in The Brown Paper Box Co.'s production of GODSPELL September 20 - October 7, 2012 at Collaboraction Studio 300 in the Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 North Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. For tickets and additional information, visit brownpaperbox.org.
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