Eryn is joined by Mr. Kevin Carolan on this episode of Going for Broadway. Kevin Carolan is an award-winning actor and singer, building a successful career over the last 25 years and directed by some of the most talented artists in show business. He has appeared on Broadway in productions including Dirty Blonde, Chicago, where he toured extensively… he originated the role of Teddy Roosevelt in Disney’s Newsies and recently created the role of Baloo in a new adaptation of Disney’s The Jungle Book, directed by Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman, for which the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) awarded him Best Supporting Actor in a Musical. He has numerous appearances on television shows such as Orange Is the New Black, and the recurring role of the Barker in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.
Eryn and Kevin start off the episode my talking about his education and the importance of it. He believes it depends on the individual and what they have to offer on deciding what types of education would be needed. He himself, is grateful for his education and believed in the working environment but didn’t necessarily believe that it is initially required.
Kevin then talks about all of his work throughout the years. He goes through the experiences of creating and originating in roles to film work and co-staring to keeping fresh with a character that has been sticking along for a while.
When asks about his advice, Kevin brings up a question he always asks, “Are there other fields, besides acting, that you enjoy?” If there are other answers he then encourages the young person to follow that other dream. He encourages that the student should always keep in mind how difficult it is to be an actor and how it would aid them in making the right choices for going into a career.
In This Episode:
2:17- So Kevin, what started your interest in acting?
2:57- Why did you decide to study at Montclair State University in New Jersey?
4:12- You received your BA in Theatre. How were you able to transition or get training in musical theatre as you have done so much of that?
6:42- How much of your specific education and training in theatre in school do you think has prepared you into a professional actor? How important is it to invest the additional 4 years studying the performing arts at University versus just start auditioning for jobs and going for it?
9:32- What came after graduating college?
11:55- How is being in the original Broadway cast or creating a role in a brand new show different than being in a show that has been running for a very long time and has its components established?
15:11- Now how exactly do new adaptions and productions of shows make its way to professional theatres like the Goodman Theatre?
16:55- Kevin and Eryn talk about his experience on Boardwalk Empire.
18:42- I see where you have one agent that handles your film work and theatre, and another that handles just commercials. Is that the norm?
20:19- And having done so much of both acting on stage and acting for the camera, what would you say are the biggest differences?
22:24- At what point, what, around the 500 to 600th performances, did you start to think that you were him? Is it a challenge to be fresh and authentic after so many performances?
24:38- You had your caricature done by the very famous Al Hirschfeld known for his black and white portraits of celebrities and Broadway stars. How did that come about?
26:46- What advice, in closing, would you give someone like me or my audience who want to make acting a career like you’ve done?