Full name? Paul Gene Miller
Where you were born/where you were raised? Corvallis, Oregon
Your role within the A NEW BRAIN family? Mr. Bungee
How would you describe your character? Gordon's self-loathing manifests itself as his new boss, Mr. Bungee. The "real" Mr. Bungee is an unhappy/egotistical children's television host who lashes out at his production team while dressed as a giant frog. The actor playing the role has to find the balance between the two sides as Gordon's Mr. Bungee understands him in ways the "real" Mr. Bungee never could.
In 5 words, how do you describe A NEW BRAIN? Auto-biographical gay musical hospital romance.
How would you describe Bill's writing? Neurotic.
Fill in the blanks: ____HEART____ + ____TIME____ = a song.
What was your must-see TV show as a kid? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
If you could be best friends with any cartoon character in the real world, who would it be? Donatello. Of the four ninja turtles, he'd be the most compatible with my nerd personality.
Special hidden talent? Visual art. I was studying painting before I focused on theater and still like to draw cartoons.
Something you're REALLY bad at? Sports in general. Most branches of math.
Current local show you have been recommending to friends? Creepy Lovecraft horror The Shadow Over Innsmouth at Wildclaw Theatre [which recently closed]. Creepy obscure musical Sweet Smell of Success at Kokandy [which also recently closed]. It's been a good month for creepy shows.
Most played song on your iPod? My five separate cast recordings of Stephen Sondheim's Follies. (1971 Broadway, 1985 Lincoln Center, 1987 London, 1998 Paper Mill, 2011 Broadway revival).
Pop culture guilty pleasure? Video games. Most recently The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.
"I'll never understand why… I couldn't think of a funny sentence to end my interview."
Come see Paul in William Finn and James Lapine's A NEW BRAIN February 21 - March 9, 2014 at Rivendell Theatre. Ticketing and performance information can be found at The Brown Paper Box Co.'s site.
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