Arbender Robinson joins us today on this episode of Going for Broadway. Arbender is a native of Chicago and a Graduate of Viterbo University. After his Broadway debut in Hairspray, Arbender has had many more successful runs in a number of Broadway shows in The Book of Mormon, the original casts of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, The Little Mermaid, Ragtime, and currently as the Constable and Montparnasse in Les Mis (he is also the understudy of Marius), in which Eryn got to see if him in. Prior to his success on Broadway, Arbender was a featured vocalist with the Royal Caribbean Cruises and Disney World. He has also performed extensively in Regional US Theatres.
Eryn and Arbender talk extensively about all of his experiences in working on Broadway, cruises, and at Disney. They discuss his audition process throughout some of these shows, as well as the life of a performer in all of these aspects. Arbender talks about the rehearsal process of shows and the transition between the many he has been through.
Arbender and Eryn wrap up the show with a couple of last words of advice. “Figure out who you are,” he says. He makes it a point and even gives an example about how one shouldn’t try to be just like that big named star. If the show and the director wanted that big name, they would have it already. Bring your own self into the role and show how you can make it your own!
In This Episode:
2:08- When did you discover that you wanted to be an actor?
3:41- What was the training at Viterbo University like? Was your study in management to help you in the business of being an actor?
8:30- Do you think that one should invest four years of study at University, developing and improving their craft? Or, do you think this time would be better spent, moving to NYC, taking workshops (for example, like yours) and classes, getting in front of casting agents, auditioning?
11:55- What exactly are the jitz of mastering the audition process that you teach so well?
13:47- Now, did you get your Broadway debut as Seaweed after “mastering the auditioning process?”
17:28- How exactly do you transition into being in so many shows one after another? About how long were you in each of these shows for?
21:35-The Gypsy Robe and Camp Broadway!
23:52- How is the process of being in a brand new show different from a show that has been running for a while already?
28:36- What are the jobs as a dance captain and a swing as you were in Hair?
32:29- Arbender talks about his one man show, “Truth at Last.”
34:38- So did you get into doing shows with the Royal Caribbean Cruises? And what is it like working on a boat?
41:02- How is it working in Disney?
43:28- Was all of this work in the mix of working on Broadway?
45:35- Is there anything you would like to tell us about your organizations that you work for that encourage the arts?
47:18- Do you have any last advice for young actors in reaching their goals and potentially being on Broadway?
49:31- Do you have any thoughts for the parents of these young actors?