Where do you hail from?
I originally hail from Evanston, IL.
What have we seen you in most recently?
The last show I was in was a new show called Some Lovers at the Old Globe I’m San Diego, but the last show anyone in Chicago saw me in probably would’ve been For The Boys at the Marriott Theatre last fall/winter.
How did you get connected with The Music Theatre Company?
I initially got embroiled in the delicious soup that is TMTC when I auditioned for Merrily We Roll Along. What a great group of folks that show was. [Editor’s note: He performed as Tyler and went on as Charlie Kringas for the last week of the run.]
TELL US ABOUT FUGITIVE SONGS….
What, if anything, interested you about Fugitive Songs and inspired you to join the cast?
It’s unlike anything else I’ve done before. I’ve played guitar in shows before, but this feels more like a cohesive band and concert, without sacrificing any of the narrative or character. Theoretically, it actually enhances those things. So many of the songs are really just monologues; the audience is going to go along with you telling them a story, why not sweeten the deal and play them a song, too?
In what ways do you relate to the songs you sing?
My character is, I think, suddenly realizing that he’s living a life he doesn’t recognize and doesn’t exceptionally like, that sort of “I’m only doing this this until I can support myself and do what I really want.” Then he realizes he didn’t know what he wanted to begin with. I think it’s a common lost 20-something plight. One lyric, specifically, in the song “Shine,” gets me every time: “I’m quite concerned that the fuel that keeps us going / are just fears that won’t subside once we’ve arrived.” But at the same time he’s listing all these misgivings from this crushingly low place, the song’s all about hope. It’s all about how there WILL be a time when we’ll all get the opportunity to make things right.
I just totally ranted. I really dig that song.
What do you hope the audience will take away from the evening?
I hope the audiences will take away that when they’re feeling lost or unsure, when they just want to run away from their problems, they are HUGELY not alone. I think there are enough varied stories and characters for most people to relate to on some level. I just hope, for their sakes, it’s not the one about their crazy friend holding up a gas station.
What’s your favorite sandwich at Subway? (Include toppings.)
I’ve recently been enjoying the falafel on flatbread. I get everything there with lettuce, tomato, onion, cucumber, a little mayo, red wine vinegar, and seasoning. The falafel gets cucumber sauce. I’ve never been able to get behind olives on anything. I’m obviously still not an adult.
Do you get chips and a drink with it?
Sometimes I get chips and a drink. Mostly I’m an unaccompanied footlong sort of guy.
I just recently discovered the cookies. They try and make you buy three with that deal, though. I don’t need three cookies, and you know it, Subway. I thought you were pretending to be healthy.
See Andrew play various instruments and sing in Fugitive Songs in Concert Nov 2-11 at The Music Theatre Company. http://www.themusictheatrecompany.org