Welcome to BroadwayWorld’s newest feature, and first-ever talk show, BACKSTAGE WITH RICHARD RIDGE. Follow Richard as he visits Broadway’s best and brightest in their Broadway dressing rooms to talk about their lives, careers and all of the things you don’t know, but want to know. You’ve seen Richard chat with Sipdey lovebirds Reeve Carney and Jennifer Damiano, and visit with UK’s First Lady of musical Theatre, Elaine Paige. Today, Richard takes you downtown to the beloved West Village staple, the smokey Lucille Lortel Theatre, where he met up with everyone’s favorite leading man, Jonathan Groff. Currently starring in MCC’s THE SUBMISSION, Groff opens up about his BFF Lea Michele, getting comfortable in his role as working actor and “pseudo” celebrity, playing a jerk, and why you REALLY should go see THE SUBMISSION.
Jonathan Groff, as well as Alice Ripley, Nikki M. James, Victoria Clark, Adam Pascal, Telly Leung and numerous other stars will be signing autographs and taking photos with fans at the Broadway Flea Market in Times Square on September 25th! Jonathan will be signing from 11am-11:50am. Cost is a minimum $25 donation, plus $10 per photo per celebrity. Also signing during that time period are Adam Godley, Andrew Rannells, Colin Donnell, Jayne Houdyshell, Joel Grey, Nick Adams, Patina Miller, Rory O’Malley, Rose Hemingway, Sutton Foster, Thomas Sadoski and Tony Sheldon. All money raised goes to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Warning: viewer discretion advised! Jonathan is in this, as well as people such as Patina Miller, Jennifer Damiano, and Krysta Rodriguez.
Patina mentioned Jonathan in a brand new interview with Broadway.com. I love their friendship!
You may have been lonesome in London, but I love that you and Jonathan Groff always seem to be in the same place at the same time.
I know! He’s one of my best friends. We really just get each other. Ever since Hair, we’ve been so close. We were on the West End for six months and then he moved to L.A., but now he’s back doing [off-Broadway’s The Submission] so we’re together again. It’s great.
Will you get a chance to see him in The Submission?
I get to go on opening night because it’s our night off from Sister Act! I will be there supporting him.
Did he come to visit Sister Act when Lea Michele and the Glee cast showed up this spring?
He sure did! Amber Riley actually tweeted that Sister Act is her favorite musical. How cool is that?
Jonathan will be presenting an award at the 2011 Theatre World Awards ceremony on June 07, along with several other winners from previous years, including Edie Falco, Blythe Danner and Billy Crudup.
The Craptacular interviewed Jonathan! Go listen here, it’s a fantastic interview, one of the best recent ones. Jonathan discusses seeing shows and buying tickets, his high school experience, Jesse St James, and a lot of other things.
Jonathan will be appearing and presenting at the Drama Desk Awards on May 23. Also presenting is Daniel Radcliffe of How To Succeed in Business… and Harry Potter, as well as a lot of other broadway stars (including Jonathan’s ex-Spring Awakening costar, Jennifer Damiano).
The awards will air on Ovation in America sometime between June 02-June 15.
Make sure to buy it to show the Glee writers how much we love Jesse and Jonathan!
Patina Miller, star of Sister Act and Jonathan’s Hair co-star, discussed her friendship with him in an interview. Here’s what she had to say.
PC: What is your impression of Vicki?
PM: Oh, I had heard so many great things about Vicki. When I told my friend Jonathan Groff – who had worked with her – that I was going to be doing a reading with her back in December when I came back from London, he was like, “Oh. My. God. Vicki Clark is amazing! You are going to love her!” And, so, I was like, “All right. Let’s do it!” And, immediately, I just fell in love with her from the very beginning. She is so sweet. She is also a very hard worker like me and we get along because we want to be the best we can possibly be. We are always working on it and there is no ego – we just want to be the best we can be. She is one of my biggest fans and I am one of her biggest fans and it is just a big, big love fest.
PC: Tell me about your friendship with Jonathan Groff.
PM: He’s one of my best friends – we met during HAIR and we’ve just stayed close ever since. We bonded during HAIR and we’ve just never let go of one another. He is one of my closest friends and, I’ll tell you, when I went to London, we both had decided not to do HAIR at the same time. He was off doing his thing…
PM: Right. And, then, I had gotten SISTER ACT. We had a powwow about it. He told me I was going to be fine. So, he came to London and visited me two weeks later so I got to spend time with him before I started the crazy London run. Then, a year a later, after being in London by myself and lonely and missing all my friends, Jonathan comes over with his show! So, we got to spend six months together there over the last year.
PC: What was that like?
PM: Oh, you know, it was really amazing having one of your best friends and someone who really knows you just there with you and able to experience it all, too. He was in the West End as well and we’d spend our days off shopping and having movie nights and just being friends and being there together. I am just so lucky and happy to have him in my life.
PC: Did you see him onstage in DEATHTRAP?
PM: I sure did!
PC: What did you think?
PM: He was frickin’ amazing! I was so proud to be in that opening night audience and looking around the audience and seeing their reactions to my friend. I was so proud. He did an amazing job and it was just great.
PC: And, he is returning to GLEE soon.
PM: As he should – because he was brilliant last season. Every scene he was in. Brilliant.
PC: He is a fan favorite.
PM: He is.
PC: I’ve heard he is killed off in a motorcycle accident on the show soon. I hope that’s not true, though.
PM: Oh, I hope not, too! Oh my gosh.