Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Spotlight On...Joey Arias

Name: Joey Arias

Hometown: New York City… Via North Carolina &  L.A.

Education: Went to Catholic schools my whole life… into College…!!!

Favorite Credits: Capitol Records Contract as a kid..…  Many movies, Television..  Concerts around the world..  A Book.

Why theater?: Theatre, I Love it…  Grew up watching movies, musicals & plays…  Then I would do my versions of them for my friends at home…  I’m so inspired by the magic that’s on stage…

Who do you play in Christmas with the Crawfords?: I play Joan Crawford…

Tell us about Christmas with the Crawfords: Christmas With The Crawfords is based on a radio broadcast that Joan did in 1944 at her Brentwood home with Hedda Hopper and the writers used this to spring off and incorporate other films for script.  Joan is preparing for Christmas Eve and during the broadcast other movie & celebs keep interrupting this moment and the children start to act up..then Joan snaps in front of her guest and things get interesting.... don't want to give away to much!

What is it like being a part of Christmas with the Crawfords?: I LOVE working on this play directed by Donna Drake….  The cast is so much fun… There are a few originals actors from the beginning such as Connie Champagne & Chris March from S.F. production and I've done it 3 times in NYC. Sherry Vine has joined the cast and Flotilla deBarge too so you can imagine the INSANITY!  The others are new faces… and they are all so much fun and really push the bar.

What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: The theatre that speaks to me is one that has all you need to make a show run smoothly  And who inspires me as an artist is someone who makes me dream…. and that is many… old movies and classic theatre inspire my work!

Any roles you’re dying to play?: I would Love to play Alister Crowley..The most evil man in the world... al that black magic etc.   Very curious!!!  I wanted to Play Lady Day but thats been done already.  Manfred Thierry Mugler has written a play / musical for me called.  Z CHROMOZOME so I'm working on that!

What is your favorite showtune?: My favorite showtune…is  “Let Me Entertain You”  from Gypsy.

If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: I would love to work with Helen Mirren - that would be a GREAT challenge. She saw me when I did ZUMANITY's Cirque Du Soleil and she said I was Brilliant!

Who would play you in a movie and what would it be called?: Jake Gyllenhaal.  I think it would be a challenge for him….and it would be called…..  “Z CHROMOZOME  the Next Adventure!!!”

What shows have you recommended to your friends?: I could recommend so many, but I'm still a sucker for Wicked.

What’s the most played song on your iTunes?: CREAM- Their first album & anything by BILLIE HOLIDAY.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: MY GULITY pleasure is watching Movies...I can watch Movies all day…

What’s up next?: Coming up is the Billie Holiday Centennial. She would have been 100 yrs Old…Touring thru Europe & The states.     Trying to finish a script about the story of Klaus Nomi and Alan Cumming would play him…  Working with my partner / Husband..Juano Diaz from Scotland on his Art Show…. and working with MAC Makeup on another project with my MAC Makeup wipes  - always creating ART  !!!  And some recordings… A New CD.  I think thats the big picture for now.   LOL