Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Spotlight On...Jared Zirilli

Name: Jared Zirilli

Hometown: Bellmore, a lil town in good ol Long Island :)

Education: I went to Ithaca College and got a BFA in performance

Favorite Credits: Wicked (Fiyero Cover, 1st national tour); Aida (Radames, Drury Lane Chicago); Rubber Room (Alan, Artistic New Directions); Rent (Roger, Hangar Theatre- Regional Premiere); Light in the Piazza (Giuseppe, Maine State Music Theatre) Altar Boyz (Matthew, Bethesda Theatre- DC Premiere); Aladdin: The Musical Spectacular (Aladdin, Hyperion Theatre (Disney Prods)

Why theater?: Started when I was a kid because it was instant form of getting attention from everyone! haha. But now I feel like it's the most incredible way that we can act and behave in ways that aren't acceptable in normal life! Is that weird? haha. I like to misbehave and act out. Theatre lets you do that.

Tell us about Winner Take All: This show is an all out party. It's some of the BEST music I've ever heard in a musical. A friend of mine saw our opening last night (Friday) and she works for Atlantic Records, isn't much of a theatre person, and said the music was unreal. It spans so many incredible genres, gospel, blues, funk, reggae. It's all the stuff you just love to hear and groove to! I can't get the songs out of my head, ever. The story is simple, and great. I play Ricky, Catie's boyfriend. And it's a love story that revolves around a battle between rock and roll heaven and rock and roll hell! That's all I can say :)

What is it like to be a part of Winner Take All?: It has been a family. We all spend so much time together working on new changes to script and music and staging. We know the show inside and out, and we all believe in it and love it! I love these people, and they are so talented. It's an honor to work with them every day.

What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: As far as musicals go, I am a Sondheim lover. I had a very ballsy high school theatre director, and we did Sondheim, Follies and A Little Night Music, my first 2 years of high school. From then on I was obsessed. Truly the best. But for what speaks to me, Shakespeare and straight theatre is an inspiration. I am so deeply affected by a majority of the plays I see in New York and regionally. I can't wait to be a part of them :)

What’s it like to be a part of FringeNYC?: Off the cuff and exciting! It's like nothing I've done before. It's fun to have some hectic-ness in your life :)

Any role you’re dying to play?: OOh that's the tough question. I'd love to be in Jersey Boys. Or in A Little Night Music!

What show have you recommended to your friends?: Jerusalem and Master Class

What’s up next?: Stay tuned!

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