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Meet Ben Platt at the Love is Louder Experience at the Paramount Hotel (46th St between 7th and 8th) this Friday, July 25 at 5 p.m.!

Meet Ben Platt at the Love is Louder Experience at the Paramount Hotel (46th St between 7th and 8th) this Friday, July 25 at 5 p.m.!

Q&A: Tommar Wilson

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The awesome Tommar talks about his Shakespeare in the Park experiences on our next episode!
Name: Tommar Wilson
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Where are you from? Born in Topeka, KS raised on Air Force Bases across US/England

Broadway credits: The Book of Mormon, Hair, Hairspray, Lestat, Never Gonna Dance, The Music Man, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? I got a call from my agent that a show I’d been working on for about a year in readings, would be opening on Broadway. And they wanted me to be in it! I couldn’t say anything. My heart started beating so fast and I was overwhelmed at the thought that I would get to act on a Broadway stage. My agent said that I didn’t sound as excited as he thought I would, but it’s because I was doing a really good job of hiding the fact that I was crying. So instead of jumping up and down when I hung up, I just sat down and finished my cry because I was so thankful and needed to “feel all the feelings.”

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? Broadway Show League Softball!!! I love that you get to spend every Thursday in the park with friends having fun. It’s a time when box office, awards, reviews, and backstage dynamics don’t matter. Everyone just comes out to have a good time.

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? The drive and determination of the people in the community. I’ve done some shows that were “less than successful” but I don’t remember a time when everyone on stage and in rehearsal wasn’t doing everything they could to make that show the best it could be. It’s so inspiring to see a group of people give everything they have to solve problems and try to make something work no matter what’s being said about them or the show outside that stage door. Even if the show only runs a week, those experiences inspire me and show me that the creative spirit thrives even in less than perfect circumstances.

What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? My biggest inspiration lately would have to be the Gluten Free Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese from S’mac. I can conquer the world after the right meal and that one does it every time! (yes, I did just say I was inspired by food).

If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… Steve McQueen. I’d love to just hear him talk about art and directing for a couple of hours.

To be successful in this business, it takes… Discipline, a non-theater related hobby, and good friends.

Tell us a secret. Winter is coming.

Twenty-Somethings 2, featuring the music of songwriters Drew Overcash, Blake Pfeil and Zoe Sarnak, will be held Aug. 18 at the Highline Ballroom.

Produced by Krysta Hibbard, the 8 PM concert — which follows a sold-out edition last summer — will feature new music from the songwriters’ latest projects.

Performers include two-time Tony Award nominee Robin De Jesus, Ciara Renee, Nic Rouleau, Laura Dreyfuss, Gabe Violett, Emily Afton, Anna Ty Bergman, Damon Daunno, Rachel Gavaletz, Chelsey LeBel and Taylor Noble.

After being robbed by the soldiers of a ruthless warlord, the pair are taken in by villagers, and find one sympathetic ear in Nabulungi, played by Alexandra Ncube.

“It’s a village in turmoil, with disease, famine, but there’s also hope for a better life when she meets these two missionaries who have a much different take on faith than the Christian missionaries she’s used to,” says Ncube, whose credits include the equally irreverent Avenue Q, which was penned by Book of Mormon co-conspirator Robert Lopez.

Congratulations, Billy and A.J.!

David Larsen talked to AM Northwest this morning. Click here if the embedded video doesn’t load for you.

Nyk Bielak will be on as Elder Cunningham for the next couple of weeks. Tonight was his first performance with the first national tour after transferring from the second (via Broadway). Congratulations, Nyk!