Friday, April 21, 2017
Spotlight On...Brian Mulay
Hometown: Originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan. Been in NYC since 1999.
Education: BFA in Musical Theatre from The University of Michigan
Favorite Credits: Falsettoland, 42nd Street, Godspell
Why theater?: It has the power to transform the way a person thinks.
Tell us about The Love Curriculum: One day I realized that my love life has been the reverse of what many people experience. Then it occurred to me that we're all learning the same lessons, but they just occur in a different order for everyone. I wanted to put together a show that explored these lessons by relating my experience and allowing others to reflect on theirs.
What inspired you to write The Love Curriculum?: Situations I've experienced in my life seem to be reflected in the musical theatre songs I've listened to over the years. We've all heard songs that make us say "that's my life!" I wanted to do something with the songs that have shaped my life in hopes that others will relate as well.
What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: My favorite kind of theater is the kind that forces you to think and question what you already know. It was always stars and legends of the musical theater who seemed to be able to do everything: Ben Vereen, Gene Kelley, Chita Rivera, and Judy Garland, just to name a few.
If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: I adore Patti LuPone. I'd be content just to have dinner with her!
What show have you recommended to your friends?: Next To Normal, Title Of Show, Waitress, Avenue Q, so many....
Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: Oh, it's already been done. Amy Adams played me. It was a little movie called "Enchanted". Lol
If you could go back in time and see any play or musical you missed, what would it be?: Who wouldn't want to time travel to see Barbra Streisand play Fanny Brice in the original Funny Girl on Broadway. That had to have been thrilling to see a star be born.
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: RuPaul's Drag Race and everything on the Food Network or Cooking Channel.
If you weren’t working in theater, you would be _____?: I have a wonderful job outside of theater working for Nespresso as a training specialist. My Nespresso family is very special to me and I'm so grateful for their support of my theatrical ventures.
What’s up next?: Brainstorming on an idea about exploring the four elements of fire, water, earth and air from a musical perspective.