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Interview by the La Cage Aux Folles Tour Question: How are you adapting to life as a nightclub owner in La Cage? George Hamilton: It’s a challenging role for me. In many ways, I’m envious of Chris Sieber playing Zaza because Albin is such a fabulous, flamboyant character. It’s seductive to want to be the farceur. Chris is so good in this: He gets bored with doing the usual, so he will change things around [in a scene]. My job is to be organically anchored to this— I’ve got to direct traffic through this whole story. I’m torn between my son and Albin. If I’ve done my job correctly, the piece takes on a profundity that’s got to be there. Q: How is Christopher Sieber as an on-stage husband? GH: He’s the on-stage wife; I’m the on-stage husband. Every night, I bow to him. I think he’s terrific, and I love working with him. We became fast friends. He’s played both roles [having done Georges on Broadway opposite Harvey Fierstein as Albin]. Initially, I would hear him say things and I’d wonder, “What is he mumbling?” But then I’d realize he was giving me my lines [laughs]. Q: What’s it like to be surrounded by this youthful ensemble of dancers? GH: We’ve got some of the most wonderful dancing! These athletes are unbelievable. They are just incredibly kind and respectful to me—and protective. I love ‘em. Initially, [the ensemble and I] stayed at separate hotels, because I have places that I like in every city that I’ve been before. In the first couple weeks, one of the Cagelles had a nine-inch cut right to the bone in his foot, and he was back in the show a week later. Another one pulled his hamstring and was out for about two weeks. So I thought, I’m in the middle 4

of people who can really take punishment and go back in [to the show]; it would be best for myself to stay close to the theater. So I’ve kind of moved to wherever they go. I don’t want to be too far of a walk away. Q: You’ve had a career spanning more than five decades, and you’ve worked in all mediums. What’s your secret? GH: I can’t say that I started out wanting to be an actor. My father once said something that I never got until years later: “Do what you want in life. Do what’s easiest for you, then work at it harder than anybody.” I thought, “What does that really mean?” I was the school clown. I was able to make people laugh at things that others took seriously. The first play I did at school, I did just to get out of a math class. I was playing a young Russian student at Harvard. Well, I forgot my lines within two minutes, so I started pretending to speak Russian. Before I knew it, the audience was laughing and I got a standing ovation before the play was over. Q: Cary Grant and Judy Garland. What are some of your memories working with Cary Grant and Judy Garland—two legends? GH: [Talent] was just so born in Judy, there was no choice of how she had to do things. She had it. She was not a great beauty, but she was a great talent. One night at the Coconut Grove, I saw Liza [Minnelli, Garland’s daughter] get on the stage with Judy and they sang “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini.” I saw how tortured Judy’s life was. How after all the success, she was not


happy. She didn’t look well. She was a very lonely person in a world where many actors are adored for what they do, but they don’t have any life once they’ve done it. Q: What do you remember about Cary Grant? GH: I remember I went to see a house that I was going to buy; it was formerly Cary’s house. A phone call came and it was Cary. He said, [imitating Grant] “What are you doing?” I said, “I’m thinking of buying the house.” He said, “Why would you want to buy that house?” I said, “Well, it’s beautiful.” He said, “It’s not so beautiful. I’ve lived in it. Really, you wouldn’t like it.” I said, “Cary, I just came to see it. How did you know I was here?” He said, “I make it my business to know who buys what I have.” Q: Sounds like he was pretty mysterious. GH: From the very first time I met him, Cary was a very interesting man to talk to. But you didn’t know who Cary Grant really was, and he didn’t know who Cary Grant was. That

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GH: It wasn’t much different for me. I came in at the end of that era. The studio said to me, “We want you to go in this direction.” I thought, “This is great—wear an ascot, drive a Rolls, have some money in my pocket and date all the girls at the studio; this sounds good to me.” Q: You’re an icon for what it means to be classy and debonair. What’s the key to being this way? GH: Cary said to me, “It’s all about the shoulders of your suit. If they’re not made right, the rest doesn’t matter.” Q: Nostalgia is really big box office money these days. Would you consider playing Zorro again from Zorro, The Gay Blade? GH: I think I’d probably do Love at First Bite before I do Zorro. I love the character in Love at First Bite. He’s this old man who’s a great gentleman, but he just has this one problem: He’s been in love with one woman for 800 years. He’s the most faithful man on Earth. He has one little need of blood. Other-

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was the interesting part of Cary: He created a Cary Grant that everyone wanted to be. He started taking LSD. He took more of it than anybody. He searched the depths of his soul to find out who he was. I think Cary was becoming a much happier man toward the end of his life. In those days, [the studio] would take someone and build them into somebody they weren’t. Somewhere along the line, you either went out living the character you’d created or you tried to find out who you really were and where that had gone. Q: Do you feel you got caught up in the studio machine the way you say Garland and Grant did?

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wise, he’s just an incredibly wonderful man. He’s not of this era. I felt very comfortable playing that. Without the tan, I might add!

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JULIAN CASSANETTI (Music Director/Strings) started working for Blue Man Group at the Charles Theatre in Boston in early 2000. Starting as a zither sub, he went on to play guitar and zither for the “Megastar” tour in late 2006. After touring for nearly two years he returned to the Boston show. While in Boston, Julian has played with many other bands such as The Lot Six, Viva Viva, and Drug Rug. He’d like to thank his friends and family for all the support over the years, and everyone at Blue Man Group for the opportunity to be a part of such a creative and special family. Love love love. JERRY KOPS (Chapman Stick/Strings) is a New York-based musician who is extremely grateful to be a part of the Blue Man Group family. He has been a Chapman stick sub in the NYC production of Blue Man Group since Fall 2006 and has also had the good fortune of performing as a rhythm guitarist in the Broadway musical Rock of Ages. Thank you to my beautiful wife Katie, mom, dad and our little four-legged boy Ziggy. I wouldn’t be anywhere without all your love and support! MICHAEL A. PETRUCCI (Percussion/ Kit) is a drummer of diverse styles. He earned a bachelor degree from Berklee College of Music and strives always to greater his skills. Michael began performing with BMG in 2004 and is excited about joining this tour. He’s also a drum instructor and a member of IATSE local 74. “No great thing is created suddenly” – Epictetus CHRIS REISS (Strings Swing) picked up air guitar at age 6, playing along to Weird Al Yankovic. Soon after I was taking piano lessons. Around age 12, I started my long-term relationship with the electric guitar. With much support from my family of pianists, I was sent to attend L.I.P.A. (Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts) before coming back to join rock tours in the states. Joined the Blue Man Group family in 2005 in Las Vegas after playing the circuit in L.A. for 4 years. BMG Orlando opened in 2007 where I transferred to and currently reside. RAMSEY ROUSTOM (Percussion/Kit). After moving from Syria at the age of six to the United States, Ramsey picked up drumming by age 11. By 18 he was accepted to the Berklee College of Music in Boston where he studied with great teachers as well as performing with faculty at outside gigs. Ramsey 9


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CHRIS DYAS (Artistic and Musical Collaborator) has been performing and writing music with Blue Man Group since 1997. Before that he played in too many bands to mention. His current NYC-based project is the Lingering Doubts. LARRY HEINEMANN (Artistic and Musical Collaborator) has worked with Blue Man Group since its inception in 1988 in a variety of capacities including musical director, composer, performer, instrument designer, recording engineer and recording producer. Outside of Blue Man Group, Larry has worked with Caroline Records recording artists Springhouse as both bass player and producer, Point Music recording artists Code Mesa as musician and producer and his latest project is playing bass for NY-based band Donkeys, whose first CD was recently released. IAN PAI (Co-composer and Artistic Collaborator) is Blue Man Group’s original drummer, co-composer and artistic collaborator. He is also the Musical Director and drummer for the art-pop group Fischerspooner. As a composer and musician he has done work for theatre, film, dance, performance and rock in general. He graduated from Pratt Institute with a B.F.A. in Painting. Marcus Miller (Director) has been with Blue Man Group since 1995. During that time he’s helped create and direct 16 shows with them including the London, Tokyo and Berlin versions. They’re all a little different but this one’s the best. He lives in Brooklyn where he practices telepathy with his pit bull, Brooklyn. His other gig is as a Canadian. JEFF TURLIK (Associate Creative Director) was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and shortly thereafter began his life’s journey on the wings of the bird we call music. Through many pathways and skyways he learned and performed, listened and expressed, and lived and loved, occasionally making a little scratch. In Boston, 1999, he began his collaboration with Blue Man Group. He currently resides in New York City. Together they have seen many places around the globe. Shared many experiences. Rocked many houses. Tore the roofs off the suckers. JOEL MORITZ (Production and Lighting Designer). This is Joel’s third Production Design for Blue Man Group which have also in-


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La Musique • hotelstregisdetroit.com New Center, 3071 W Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48202. (313)873-3000. Type of Cuisine: American, Price: $$, Amenities: GPRV. Eat. Play. Stay. Park and dine at La Musique in the historic St. Regis Hotel and walk to the Fisher Theatre. Contemporary American Cuisine. Majestic Café • majesticdetroit.com Midtown, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201. (313) 833-9700. Type of cuisine: American, Price: $$, Amenities: FGSR. Located in the historic Majestic Theatre Center. The menu is rooted in classic American comfort food with a modern twist. Delicious appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, entrees & desserts are all made fresh daily. Mario’s • mariosdetroit.com Midtown, 4222 Second St., Detroit, MI 48201. (313) 832-1616. Type of cuisine: Italian, Price: $$$, Amenities: GPRSV. Complimentary shuttle to & from the Fisher Theatre. Show your tickets and receive 10% off food on your performance date. Afterglow specials too! Party with the people who perform.

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Preludes & Encores from page 19 Ocean Prime • ocean-prime.com Coolidge & Big Beaver, 2915 Coolidge Highway, Troy, MI 48084. (248) 458-0500. Type of Cuisine: American, Price $$$, Amenities: FVRG. Seafood or Steak? At Ocean Prime, you can choose the best of both. Our passion is to give you an extraordinary supper club experience. Traffic Jam & Snug • trafficjamdetroit.com 511 W. Canfield St., Detroit MI, 48201. (313) 831-9470. Type of cuisine: American, Price: $$, Amenities: FGR. Featuring an eclectic menu of vegetarian items, burgers, fresh fish, pastas & salads. Decadent house-made desserts. Free, guarded parking. Minutes from the Fisher Theatre. Union Street • unionstreetdetroit.com Midtown, 4145 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201. (313) 831-3965. Type of Cuisine: American, Price: $$, Amenities: GR. 15% off when you bring in your Blue Man Group ticket! Serving lunch, dinner, desserts and Sunday brunch. Kitchen open late. Large group tours welcomed.

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Accounting................................................................. Barbara Jones House Staff Theatre Manager.....................................................James Manduzzi House Manager............................................................Reuben Perez Box Office Treasurer...................................................... Marc Roland Group Sales Manager........................................................Amy Yokin Subscription Manager..................................................Gwen Harden Lost and Found........................................................... Robin Teachey Production Staff Head Stage Technician............................................ Robert Hayward Head Lighting Technician.................................................. Sam Aluia Head Propman................................................................. Joe Achatz Head Sound Technician..............................................J. B. Ralbovsky Head Scenery Technician................................................Ronald Ivey Wardrobe Supervisor........................................ Kristyn Pinky Mahle Musical Director...............................................................Alice Sauro The photographing or sound recording of any performance or the possession of any device for such photographing or sound recording inside the theater without the written permission of the management is prohibited by law. Violations may be punishable by ejection and may render the offender liable for money damages. The musicians employed in this production are members of the Detroit Federation of Musicians, Local 5. Backstage employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E). Articles found in the theater will be held for 30 days only. Lost article inquiries should be made by phone to (313) 872-l000 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Fisher Theatre Offices................................................ (313) 872-1000 Broadway In Detroit Season Ticket Office & Subscription Information...........................................(313) 872-1180 Group Sales Information............................................(313) 871-1132 If you expect emergency phone calls please leave your seat location with the ticket taker. For emergencies only during performances.............. (313) 872-1111 New handicap (wheelchair) facilities now located in the main floor lobby near elevators.


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