Monday, October 31, 2016
Spotlight On...Billy Lewis Jr.
Hometown: Selden NY
Select Credits: "Glee", Hair Tour, Spring Awakening Tour, The Who's: Tommy
Why theater?: Because I don’t know how to do anything else
Who do you play in The Portal?: The Front Man
Tell us about The Portal: It's driven by epic rock and electronic beats. Part concert, part movie, part performance.
What is it like being a part of The Portal?: It's a lot of fun being a part of a production that has never been done in NY before. It's very exciting and we're all really pumped to take this city on a journey with us into the Portal.
What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: I'm a sucker for big, epic shows. From a classic 42nd Street with all those amazing dancers tapping their hearts out. To a fully rigged concert set up like American Idiot with the band slamming and the lights going crazy. The high-energy shows get me all revved up and re-charge me. I love that kind of theatre.
Any roles you’re dying to play?: Saint Jimmy
What’s your favorite showtune?: Heaven on their Minds – Jesus Christ Superstar
If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: Drew Sarich. One of the greatest singers I've ever heard on a theatre stage.
Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: I would play myself in my own biopic because honestly, I need a movie credit on my resume. It would be called, "Catholic Guilt: the Billy Lewis Story."
If you could go back in time and see any play or musical you missed, what would it be?: I would want to see the original production of Hair. I can't imagine how crazy it must have been to experience that for the first time.
What show have you recommended to your friends?: Hamilton, duh.
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Any and all buffets. Love them.
What’s up next?: I have a new original song that’s coming out soon called "Landslide" that I'm really excited about. So keep your eyes and ears open for that!
For more on Billy, visit www.billylewisjr.com. For more on The Portal, visit http://www.ThePortalNYC.com