Tony Nominee Michael Cerveris

With the Tony Awards coming up Sunday, we threw back to our interviews this week with some of our favorite theater stars. Last week, we featured actor Michael Cerveris, who’s up for a Tony Award this weekend for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. As part of our lead-up to Sunday, we’re here to share highlights from the interview…

On Fun Home…

For some people, it’s the revolutionary thing of seeing their personal experience onstage for the first time. And yet for all the specificity of Alison’s story, people find personal ways to connect from their own lives, even if their own story is vastly different. We have all thought our parents were a mystery at times and most of us grapple at some point with how we came to be the people we are either because of, or in spite of our families (And most often, probably both). I think it’s stunning to see a human-sized, underplayed, realistic musical, devoid of spectacle, on Broadway. It turns out people are hungry to be affected this deeply by musical theater.
On where to eat in Times Square…
Well, you do kind of have to get away from Times Square…but Añejo on 46th and 10th is great for tapas and spicy margaritas, and El Original on 10th ave and 50th has fruit pie and Mexican Margaritas. Delta Grill at 9th ave and 48th is a reasonable approximation of southern cooking and they do have Abita on tap, but my secret favorite is southern Donna Bell’s Bakery on 8th ave and 49th. It’s take out only and they are only open until they sell out of what they made that day, but the biscuits and turkey gravy will transport you straight below the Mason Dixon line.
On what he’ll be wearing to the Tony’s this weekend…
Working on that…though I’ve been getting lots of encouragement to revive the top hat and tutu ensemble I recently sported to sing Mack The Knife with my band (Loose Cattle) at the Obie Awards.
Read the full interview with Michael Cerveris here