Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Spotlight On...Spencer Glass

Name: Spencer Glass

Hometown: Long Island, NY

Education: Boston Conservatory

Select Credits: Goodspeed Opera House, Weston Playhouse, Disney Cruise Line

Why theater?: It's in my blood. And you definitely don't want me to be your math teacher. Fair enough reasons?

Who do you play in The Hurricane?: Ferdinand

Tell us about The Hurricane: This is a musical adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest that takes place on Fire Island, so you can imagine the chaos and hilarious things this show has to offer. It's about self reflection, forgiveness and accepting the person you truly are. 

What is it like being a part of The Hurricane?: Challenging. I would say 70 percent of the show is hysterical, and 30 percent is not. That 30 percent includes Ferdinand. He's this boy who thinks he knows everything, and thinks he's a man, but really he's this lost puppy dog who has dealt with a ton of loss in the past couple of years.  Finding those honest, vulnerable moments in this crazy circus is not only essential, but definitely difficult for an actor. It's been a blast working on and I'm excited and curious to put the whole thing together.

What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: Theatre that's just truthful and hits home. I'm really not picky, but if you throw a Sondheim, a Christopher Durang piece and a big splashy musical my way...I'd be a happy boy. Christian Borle and Norbert Leo Butz. Two chameleons in our industry. I swear they could play anything. That's the kind of actor I aspire to be like.

Any roles you’re dying to play?: Anybody in Book of Mormon, Henrik in A Little Night Music, and any Nicky Silver character in any of his plays.

What’s your favorite showtune?: Gosh. That's a loaded question.  I basically only listen to showtunes, and my friends bash me for It. I'd have to say "Somebody Somewhere" from Most Happy Fella. What a perfect, sweet, but heart wrenching song.

If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: I'd love to work with Patina Miller, Anne Hathaway, and Joe Mantello. Because why the heck not?

Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: "Spencie On The Run" starring Jonathan Gallagher Jr.

What show have you recommended to your friends?:
Cabaret. Michelle Williams is such a relatable Sally Bowles, and that cast SELLS it. Rocky. Such a rush and some gorgeous moments. And Heatehrs. What a fun, light, but fierce night at the theatre. It closes early August so RUN!

What’s the most played song on your iTunes?:
I just checked, it's "Fly into the Future" from Vanities the Musical...but we'll just pretend its something edgy on the radio right now

biggest guilty pleasure?:
Bravo TV, and most recently "Big Brother"...but I don't feel too guilty about these decisions...

What’s up next?:
Time will tell, I suppose. Hopefully something!!