Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Spotlight On...Jan Sport

Name: Jan Sport

Hometown: Old Bridge, New Jersey

Education: BFA Musical Theatre

Select Credits: I Am Kris at The Green Room 42, GLAM Awards Performer, Winner of Lady Liberty Cycle 3, Clubland at The American Repertory Theatre.

Why theater?: My style of drag is heavily influenced in theatre. In theatre school we were always taught that when the characters cannot convey their thoughts through spoken text anymore, they break out into song, and that is exactly what I do in my Kris Jenner act.

Tell us about I Am Kris: I Am Kris is an hour long cabaret about the rise of Kris Jenner and the Kardashians. We take a look at the back story of Kris Jenner's plots to make her daughters famous and how it was really her who got them to where they are now. Through spoken word and parody songs, we get to know Kris and how she handles her insane daughters on a daily basis!

What inspired you to create I Am Kris?: I wanted to create a show for myself. In theatre I was always an ensemble member and I realized that through my own brain and creativity, I could be the star of my own cabaret whenever I wanted to be. Kris kind of fell into my lap and is the reason I started doing drag to begin with. From the get go, people really took to it, and I knew that I needed to do more numbers like the first one I created. By doing this, I realized that I could create a through line with the material and now we have I Am Kris!

What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: I just love GOOD theatre. I want to go to the theatre to have fun, learn something new, laugh and wag my finger when someone is wailing on stage. Lady Gaga is the artists that inspires me most. She is a wonderful hybrid of what I want to do, which is pop and theatre.

Any roles you’re dying to play?: Elphaba in Wicked. I've got the voice, Curtis!

What’s your favorite showtune?: Oh too many. I have to give a few highlights. "Not A Day Goes By", "Without Love", and Biggest Blame Fool"

What’s your favorite song to sing in the shower?: "Voulez-Vous" by ABBA

If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: In terms of drag, my goal is to be on RuPaul's drag race in a few years, win (duh), and then release an album that will be good enough to play on the radio, and have RuPaul be featured on a track!

Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: I'd have to say Tom Daley because I think he looks like a hotter version of me as a boy and would be a GREAT drag queen. He would just have to be voiced by Adam Lambert. It would be a documentary called "Jan Sport: What's In The Bag?"

What show have you recommended to your friends?: The Great Comet of 1812!!! GO!!!

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Raw Cookie Dough

What’s up next?: Taking I Am Kris on the road around the country! I have my weekly gig at Pieces Bar every Wednesday with Shuga Cain, and hopefully will have more by the end of the summer!