Thursday, July 9, 2015

Spotlight On...Paul Louis

Name: Paul Louis

Hometown: Astoria, Queens, New York

Education: The American Musical and Dramatic Academy

Favorite Credits: Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Einstein in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, and Patsy in Spamalot.

Why theater?: Where I'm from, it was either that or joining the Mafia. I chose to slay them in the aisles instead.

Tell us about Real Men: Real Men, a musical for guys and the women who put up with them, is a hilarious, brutally honest musical romp through the ups and downs of manhood.

What inspired you to write Real Men?: I decided to write Real Men because of the fact that I suck at being a man. But so do most men, so I'm in the company of my many brothers. We are all flawed in one way or another, and our show demonstrates and proves this concept. I don't care if you're straight, gay, old, young, single, married, or if you live with a chimp, we men all have a common bond in that we're not perfect.

What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: I love shows that either depict true life, or shows that bring true life issues to mind. But I also love musicals that poke fun of us as a society.  I've always been inspired by any underdog.

If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: Al Pacino, and The Muppets (not necessarily in that order).

What show have you recommended to your friends?: Fun Home, The Book of Mormon, and of course, Real Men, a musical for guys and the women who put up with them.

Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: Ed Norton in "Schmuck".

If you could go back in time and see any play or musical you missed, what would it be?: "Animal Crackers" starring The Marx Brothers.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.

If you weren’t working in theater, you would be _____?: A film director

What’s up next?: An aggressive campaign to get Real Men mounted Off Broadway, published and produced regionally. But first I need to take out the garbage or my wife's gonna kill me.

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