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Zachary Levi on First Date Fans, His Tangled Musical Past and Why Every Actor Should Aim for Broadway

Posted On Jan 18 2021 by

first_img Broadway has long been on your mind. When did you first experience it? I was probably 17 when I saw Annie Get Your Gun. That was the first time I had come to New York with my parents. As a kid, you hear about Broadway. If you live on the east coast, you have a good chance of going to see a Broadway show, but not if you grow up in Southern California. The closest I ever got was when my grandma brought me and my older sister to see Cats at the Pantages, but I was so young that I didn’t really remember the experience, per se. I remember liking it a lot, because there were people prancing around as cats. As a kid, you’re like, “That’s weird!” First Date Did seeing live shows inspire you to do theater? I did a lot of theater because I loved doing theater. Not because of anything that I had necessarily seen, but as much as one can be fated or created to do something, I believed that that was my fate. Other kids were great at baseball or basketball or football; some kids were super brainiacs and understood calculus at 10 years old. I just loved entertaining people. Related Shows View Comments Fans love you for being the voice of geeks everywhere. Would you ever produce your own geeky musical? I’ve got all sorts of crazy ideas for the stage. Especially if I can simultaneously breathe some new, fun energy into it. I’m appreciative that I’ve been embraced the way I have by Broadway, but I hear people talk about how it’s tough trying to get younger audiences excited about going to the theater. I would love to make something where the cool thing is to go to a Broadway show!  Star Files You seem to be genuinely enjoying the stage door, which isn’t every actor’s cup of tea. The fact that I do stage door the way I do doesn’t mean other people do it wrong, because I’m a ham and I enjoy interacting with people. If our show was three hours and intense and draining, I don’t know that I’d be able to do what I’m doing now. The reality is, I have an hour-and-a-half show with no intermission. If I weren’t at the stage door, I might be doing the actual show, as opposed to shaking some hands and kissing some babies. And if I’m ever going to have a future in politics, I’ve got to start now. This summer, Broadway audiences have been swooning over the latest TV star to make the leap onto the stage. Former Chuck headliner Zachary Levi is earning raves for his performance as a newbie blind dater (who gets set up with Krysta Rodriguez) in the new Broadway musical comedy First Date. There’s a lot to love about Levi, who sat down with Broadway.com to chat about his surprising history in musical theater, his tenure in Disney’s Tangled and his Huckleberry Finn dreams. Your Chuck co-star Yvonne Strahovski made her Broadway debut last season. Did she give you any advice? No! I love Yvonne and I wish I could have seen her in Golden Boy. I was in London the whole time she was doing it, but everyone said she was fantastic. I’m trying to get her to do another show, because I’m planning on being here for a while. I want to stay in New York. I want to do more Broadway, if I can. I’d like to experience different things—a musical, a comedy, a drama—and I just love the city so much. When did you figure out you could sing? I’m still figuring that out! I love singing and I’ve always loved singing. You only know you can do something based on people’s reactions to what you’re doing. I mean, I can think I’m a great chef, but if nobody hires me to cook their food, then I’m probably not a good chef. That’s a very humble perspective. It’s all community theater at the end of the day. You have to stay connected to your fan base and appreciate the people that are spending their hard-earned money to come and see you. And I get a lot out of it. I think that maybe more than anything, if I’m created to do something in this world, it’s to make people happy. And if that can make people happy, then it’s a fun thing to be able to do. Broadway fans might be surprised to know that you landed the role of Dr. Frederick Frankenstein in Young Frankenstein, but had to pass when Chuck got picked up. I’m really glad I had no say in it, because at one point, I honestly had no idea what to do. I had booked the pilot for Chuck but we hadn’t shot it yet, so my agent said, “While we’re waiting, Mel Brooks is doing Young Frankenstein on Broadway. You wanna go audition?” My only goal was, don’t suck. Never did I think I would get that job, and I’m assuming that a fair amount of people were like, “Who is this schmuck Mel Brooks wanted to play the lead in this musical?” But the decision was made for me because the Chuck pilot was in first position. I hope I get to work for Mel and Susan [Stroman] one day. There was so much talent in that cast, but it wasn’t my fate. So suffice it to say, you’ve found a home on Broadway. I feel like all actors should. Because there’s nothing like it, and it’s amazing. And especially when you have a show like First Date, which is such a blessing because there’s a lot of laughs in it. Making a thousand people laugh every night? It’s the greatest drug in the world. See Zachary Levi in First Date at the Longacre Theatre. How about re-watching your other stuff? [Laughs.] I often apologize for Alvin and the Chipmunks—which, by the way, is a good movie and the kids really love—but it’s one of those movies where the rewatchability is tough for adults, particularly because of the high-pitched voices. But with Tangled, adults come to me and say, “You haunt me. I’ve heard your voice three times a day because my kids won’t stop watching Tangled.” I never feel like I have to apologize for it because although they kind of rib me for it, they actually like the movie, too. Zachary Levi Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2014 Your big singing debut was in the Disney movie Tangled. How do you feel about hearing those songs now? I have a lot of friends with kids, so Pixar and Disney movies would constantly be put on, and Tangled was a favorite, so I’ve heard it many times. It’s awkward! Eventually I had to give in to it, because people really love the movie, and I do as well—I think it’s an excellent movie. How has the Broadway experience compared to your expectations of it? So much of what I’m experiencing, like freaking out about not losing my voice, is specific to being in a musical. I’m definitely dealing with my own insecurities as far as being the newbie, but I’m also feeling surprisingly comfortable because I did so much theater growing up. Theater is still theater, you’re just doing it on the highest level and with big houses. So you want to do more Broadway. Any dream roles? I wish I was young enough to play Huck in Big River. I would love to do a role where I get to break the fourth wall a lot. I remember seeing The Boy From Oz and how engaging and charming Hugh Jackman was. I loved playing Jesus in Godspell. I believe wholeheartedly that the little production we did in Ojai at Libbey Bowl could translate to a Broadway stage. The problem is that the shows I would love to do—like Bye Bye Birdie or Godspell—have recently been revived. But who knows? Take us back to your first time on stage. When I was six, we did church summer camp skits and plays, which is when I first started memorizing lines and being on a stage. I remember I was so nervous that I puked before one of the shows and my mom had to bribe me onto the stage by promising she’d buy me a Nintendo game. I guess I have Nintendo to thank for my career. Have you advised other actor friends of yours to come to the stage? A lot of kids—aspiring actors—come up to me and ask for one bit of advice, and I always say theater. Always, always, always. I think a lot of young actors want to skip to the riches and fame and fortune of TV and movies, but you don’t ever learn how to build a character like you do in theater. There are so many safety nets and so many tricks in filmmaking that you don’t learn the craft. This is where the craft is, and that’s why I’ve missed it so much. You just recorded the cast album for First Date. That’s good validation, right? I have yet to hear the put-together cast album, but I’m looking forward to it. I’m super stoked that we got to do it, because I know it doesn’t always happen, and especially out of the gate like this. We recorded it after our opening weekend, so it’s pretty fresh.last_img read more


Watch Newsies Stars Offer Up the Scoop on Their Fan Appreciation Week!

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first_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 24, 2014 Newsies Related Shows Disney’s high-kicking family musical Newsies is commemorating the second anniversary of their first performance with a week-long celebration of the “fansies” who have kept them going. On September 15, 2011, Newsies debuted at the Paper Mill Playhouse, then, thanks to enthusiastic audiences, the show found its way to Broadway for a limited run—which was soon extended to an open-ended run as a result of the fans’ outpouring of love. Needless to say, the fans have played a huge part in Newsies’ success, and so from September 15 through September 21, the cast of the Broadway tuner is giving back during the first ever Newsies Fan Week. Check out the video below to learn more about the week’s events, which include new trading cards, music videos and a live chat with the stars.last_img read more


Inconceivable! Disney Stage Adaptation of The Princess Bride in the Works

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first_imgGet out your swords, because Inigo Montoya, Westley, Buttercup and Vizzini could be heading to Broadway! Disney Theatrical Productions is readying a stage adaptation of the beloved 1973 novel and 1987 film, The Princess Bride. No casting, creative team, dates or theater have been announced, but we’ve got our fingers crossed (all six of them) that the show will premiere on the Great White Way soon.“The Princess Bride has proven to be an enduring delight and a beloved favorite to multiple generations,” said Thomas Schumacher, president and producer of Disney Theatrical Productions, in a statement. “What William Goldman created is first and foremost a celebration of storytelling; what better place to spin that tale than on the stage?”“I am thrilled that the next chapter in the life of The Princess Bride will unfold on the stage,” said author William Goldman. “With [Walt Disney Studios chairman] Alan Horn, Thomas Schumacher and his team at Disney Theatrical Productions leading the way, Buttercup, Westley and all of Florin are in the best of hands.”The Princess Bride tells the story of Buttercup, a beautiful woman who lives on a farm with her parents, her horse and their farm-boy Westley—whom she falls in love with. But when Westley leaves to seek his fortune and Buttercup hears the news that he is dead, she agrees, reluctantly, to marry Prince Humperdinck, the heir to the throne of Florin. When Buttercup is kidnapped by three outlaws, all sorts of wild adventures ensue as the two lovers try to reunite. Directed by Rob Reiner, The Princess Bride film stars Cary Elwes, Tony winner Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn, Christopher Guest, Chris Sarandon and Robin Wright.Composer Adam Guettel was reportedly involved in a new adaptation of The Princess Bride in 2005, but in 2012 he announced that he was no longer attached to the project.Get ready for the stage adaptation with the Princess Bride movie trailer! Mandy Patinkin Star Filescenter_img View Commentslast_img read more


Team Hill Mission Partners

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first_imgOgden Air Logistics ComplexThe Ogden Air Logistics Complex provides war-winning expeditionary capabilities to the warfighter through aircraft programmed depot maintenance; aircraft modification and modernization; intercontinental ballistic missile programmed depot maintenance; exchangeable end-item overhaul and repair; software development and maintenance; aerospace storage and preservation; aircraft regeneration; aircraft parts reclamation and aircraft disposal. It is one of three complexes assigned to the Air Force Sustainment Center.The Complex provides depot repair, overhaul and modification of the A-10, C-130, F-16, F-22, F-35 and T-38 aircraft, the Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missile system, and a wide range of Commodities. These include landing gear, wheels and brakes, rocket motors, air munitions, and guided bombs, photonics equipment, training devices, software, electronics, avionics, instruments, hydraulics, power systems and other aerospace components. Responsibility extends to maintenance operations at geographically separated sites in Japan, Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Texas, California, Florida, and ICBM wings located in Wyoming, North Dakota, and Montana.The Ogden Air Logistics Complex employs more than 8,500 military, civilian and contract personnel.388th Fighter WingThe 388th Fighter Wing currently operates, maintains and supports assigned F-35A aircraft. The primary mission of the 388th FW and its reserve associate unit, the 419th FW, is to have professionals ready to deploy, employ and sustain fighter aircraft worldwide to fight and win any conflict. The wing oversees the operational effectiveness, management and flexible use of the Utah Test and Training Range.419th Fighter WingThe 419th FW is the only Air Force Reserve unit in Utah. It is comprised of more than 1,200 Citizen Airmen, most of whom live, work and raise families in Northern Utah. The wing trains for worldwide mobility, while offering a diverse range of combat capability to include F-35A operations and maintenance and full-spectrum mission support to include civil engineering, security forces, medical, aerial port, firefighting, supply and transportation services.Air Force Nuclear Weapons CenterThe Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Systems Directorate, reporting to the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, is responsible for the acquisition and modernization required to sustain the Minuteman III ICBM force. It is also responsible for the acquisition and development of the replacement for the Minuteman III, the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent system.The directorate consists of a government program team of approximately 450 personnel and more than 700 contractors. The directorate is responsible for a $22 billion portfolio supporting the acquisition, systems engineering, depot repair and modernization required to sustain the nation’s silo-based ICBM fleet. The directorate delivers a safe, secure, responsive, on-time and on-target nuclear deterrent force to the warfighter as the nation’s nucleus for ICBM development, acquisition and sustainment.Air Force Life Cycle Management CenterThe Air Force Life Cycle Management Center is responsible for total life cycle management of Air Force and coalition partner weapon systems and subsystems. At Hill Air Force Base, more than 1,600 military, civilian and contractor employees provide holistic management for a host of programs and associated services. The installation’s LCMC portfolio includes cradle-to-grave management of air-delivered weapons, early warning radar systems, mature and proven systems such as the T-38 Talon, A-10 Thunderbolt II, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-22 Raptor and many other programs and services. The LCMC team also executes sales of aircraft and other defense-related equipment while building security assistance relationships with foreign partner nation air forces.last_img read more


2019 Litespeed Ultimate Road adds disc brakes, wider tires to its aero road bike

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first_imgEarlier this autumn Litespeed brought back the Ultimate moniker on a new aero-optimized ti gravel bike. Now the Ultimate Road is back too, this time in a disc brake only road bike with aerodynamic tube shaping, premium American-welded 3Al-2.5V titanium, and room for 30mm road tires. Handmade and now hand painted in the US, the new Ultimate Disc High-Performance Road becomes Litespeed’s new top-end all-around road bike.2019 Litespeed Ultimate Road titanium disc brake aero road bikeLitespeed calls the rebirth of their Ultimate Road bike the “ultimate combination of light weight, aerodynamics, stiffness and compliance.” The latest evolution of their original national & world championship winning 3Al-2.5V aero optimized ti road race bike, the new Ultimate becomes a thoroughly modern road bike. Gone are rim brake and any thought of super skinny tires.Litespeed Ultimate Road ti disc brake aero road bike – Tech DetailsNow the Ultimate Road is disc only with flat mount disc brake calipers and 12mm thru-axles, and it has plenty of room to fit modern comfortable & low rolling resistance tires up to 30mm wide on even most wide road rims.Beyond big cushy tires, the new flagship Litespeed road bike also tailors its tube shaping to accentuate the comfort of titanium while eking out aero gains. The seatstays specifically get varied blading along their length to get both compliance and aerodynamic performance. Plus, both toptube & downtube get shaped for aero benefits and optimized stiffness for predictable handling.The new premium ti all-around disc  brake road bike is said to tip the scales at 1323g (medium) shaving about 10g off their T2. The new bike features a full internal cable routing with Di2 & hydraulic line compatibility, a 31.6mm seatpost, and a PF30 bottom bracket.Litespeed Ultimate Road ti disc aero road bike – Geometry & SizingThe Ultimate Road is available in six stock sizes from XS-XL (~51.5-59cm). Geometry for the new bike is the same performance road race geometry already refined on the disc brake versions of Litespeed’s T1SL Disc and T2 Disc, with the same Stack & Reach figures, head angles & wheelbases.Litespeed Ultimate Road ti disc aero road bike – Pricing & AvailabilityThe new titanium Litespeed Ultimate Road is available in either polished raw titanium or one of five painted options that still show polished ti in the rear end up to the seat cluster. Paint options include Oyster pearl white, metallic dark blue Mica, metallic dark cherry, metallic Sport red, and bright Nitrous blue. Raw ti frames start at $3450 on their own, or $3920 with the full carbon fork & a Cane Creek headset.The painted options adds $650 whether you get the frame only or frameset with headset & fork, but with the frameset  they paint the Litespeed Carbon fork to match.Several different complete bike builds are on offer, starting with the raw ti bike built up with Ultegra mechanical/hydraulic from $6300, up to painted Dura-Ace Di2 builds at $13,200 with a Reynolds Aero 46 Disc carbon wheelset. Complete bikes are fully built up in-house by Litespeed and ship to US consumers in a pretty massive box that does not require end-user assembly beyond bar & seatpost adjustment, and front wheel install.Most frames & frameset options are in stock and ready to ship out to buyers immediately, while complete bike builds tend to take a week or two depending on spec. Litespeed sells the bikes consumer direct, and has an online chat that can help with either customization of final complete bike build or individual shipping estimates.Litespeed.comlast_img read more


TriRig Styx aero road bike skewers bring ultralight, incremental gains to your wheels

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first_imgIf you’ve run out of places to optimize your aerodynamics, it’s time to look in some less obvious places. Like your wheel skewers. Which means you’re forgoing the disc-brakes-on-your-road-bike trends because they’re just not aero enough. Which is good, because the new TriRig Styx are bolt-in skewers for quick release, rim-brake bikes only.TriRig says the set, which is made entirely of 6/4 titanium, weighs in at just 45g, saving around 100g or more from your current setup. And, it’ll save 3-4 watts of drag, too, according to their own CFD analysis. The design uses three separate parts: The axle, plus two independent end caps. This means there’s nothing twisting against your fork’s dropouts, which helps protect it from damage, especially lightweight carbon forks with full carbon dropouts. The small nubs keeps the end caps aligned and locked into position, too, so you can thread the axle into place firmly and securely.Retail is $84.99 and the first batch is already sold out. More are on the way with expected delivery around mid July.TriRig.comlast_img read more


Paris-Roubaix: A Journey Through Hell

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first_imgCelebrate the classic one-day race by reading the new book: Paris-Roubaix: A Journey Through HellHeld the third Sunday in April since 1896, Paris-Roubaix is a race of great tradition. The race’s long history, coupled with its proximity to the cycling-mad triangle of northern France, Belgium, and Holland, means that it has served over the years to confirm the fame of cycling’s greatest champions. Paris-Roubaix: A Journey Through Hell is a complete exploration of this glorious race. The race will be held this year on April 12 and will follow a 270-kilometer course between the suburbs of the French capital and the northern industrial city of Roubaix.All of the history and excitement of the world’s most famous one-day bicycle race is captured and comprehensively illustrated with hundreds of spectacular color and black-and-white photographs in this lavish, oversized format. With authoritative text from France’s top sportswriters, Paris-Roubaix: A Journey Through Hell presents the inside story of the race, its great riders, its traditions, and its secrets.Paris-Roubaix is known as “The Hell of the North” for good reason. Though flatter than the other spring classics, it includes interminable stretches of muddy farm roads paved with rough-hewn cobblestones. The cobbles alone are enough to shake bikes and bones to bits; throw in notoriously fickle weather, which often includes rain, snow, and driving wind, and the course becomes downright treacherous.10” x 12 ½”, 224 pages - $39.95last_img read more


2013 Campagnolo Athena EPS – Italian Components Trickle Down Electronic Shifting, UPDATED!

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first_imgCampagnolo has just introduced their second electronic group, Athena EPS, a mere nine months after introducing Record and Super Record EPS (but about 20 years after first dreaming up battery powered shifting).By using aluminum parts rather than carbon, the Athena EPS group brings the price of Italian electric shifting down a few pegs, putting it in reach of more cyclists. Functionality is the same, meaning you can shift one or more (or all) gears with a single button depression by merely holding the shifter longer. It keeps the “Ride Back Home” crash protection, letting you put it in a reasonable gear manually should you wreck and the system becomes disabled.UPDATE: Athena EPS will start shipping in Spring 2013, and pricing will be announced at Eurobike.More on the 11-speed power group below… The front derailleur uses a “special aluminum alloy” rather than carbon. It has the same auto-trim feature to keep the chain from rubbing you the wrong way.Ergonomics on the shifter levers are the same as Record/Super Record EPS, which means button shape and angle is slightly different than the mechanical groups. We’ve ridden the Super Record EPS group extensively this summer and have been pretty impressed with its ability to discern a proper (intentional) shift versus and accidental bump when shifting hand position.It’ll use the same DTI battery as the higher end groups.Updated Weights:We’re waiting to hear back on pricing and availability and will update as soon as we get it. There are also some new wheels we’ll post shortly…last_img read more


NAHBS 2011 – Ellis Cycles’ Di2 Dirt Road Bike, Winning Touring Bike and a…

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first_imgEllis Cycles built upon their Di2 road bike from last year to create an S&S coupled dirt road version. Similar to last year’s version, this one adds threaded wiring couplers inside the frame joints to make it easy to travel with.They also won “Best Touring Bike” for their Modern Classic Randonneur bike and had a bilaminate construction 29er mountain bike. See what the heck that is after the break… The Di2 battery mouns to the non-drive chainstay. The wire runs into an oversized hole in the BB shell. This is how the DRB (Dirt Road Bike starts life. $3,200 frame and fork, $700 for couplers.The “Modern Classic Randonneur” won Best Touring Bike at this year’s show. It’s a 3.5lb frame made of Reynolds thin wall 953 throughout except for the headtube, which is a True Temper 1.125″ tube. They wanted a wider headtube than the standard 1″ size found on most rando bikes to improve stiffness.center_img This bike would be $11,000 complete. Frames start around $3,400 with fork.Ellis’ steel 29er used a bi-laminate construction, which essentially means they took half a lug and brazed it onto the other tubes.In this case they’re not just cosmetic: the lugs act like a gusset for the downtube. Except the front rack, the shiny bits on the frame are stainless steel, not chrome.Front dynamo hub powers the headlight, which is integrated into the front rack, and the taillight.last_img read more


New K-Edge Time Trial Extensions Mount for Garmin Computers

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first_imgThe K-Edge TT Mount for Garmin computers is compatible with Garmin Edge 200, 500, 510, 800, 810 & Forerunner 310XT, 910XT computers.Available August 1st, the mount will retail for $74.99 K-Edge just announced their newest computer mount, a time trial mount compatible with 22.2mm extensions.  The innovation here is that the K-Edge TT Mount, to accommodate Garmin’s 1/4 turn interface with narrow bar extensions, twists instead of the computer, allowing it to be used between  narrow extensions. Pics, colors, weight and more after the break. The K-Edge TT Mount has a modest reach and drop, which combined with the aforementioned mechanism which allows the mount to twist instead of the computer, keeps it in line with bar extensions.center_img Available in black, gunmetal, or red, the K-Edge TT mount is made from CNC 6061-T6 anodized aluminium and weighs 37.5 grams.last_img read more