In his most recent Broadway show, Something Rotten, Eric got a taste of the rock star life in his role as “Leather Boy” and Shakespeare. Now he is tackling another superstar – the King himself, Elvis Presley. Attack of the Elvis Impersonators is a hilarious and outlandish new musical about a world famous heavy metal icon who is burnt out and decides his life’s mission is to impersonate his idol, Elvis. The show has everything and the kitchen sink; an epic love story, a world war, a supervillian, crazy cults… it’s so ridiculous that you can’t help but have an outrageously good time.
When did you first catch the acting bug?
From a VERY young age! I think I was hard-wired for it. But, my family would watch movie musicals when they’d air on TV, and I was hooked. And watching The Muppet Show was EVERYTHING! Seeing those guest stars doing musical numbers! It was everything I wanted to be and do! And now, I really feel even more passionate about the creative side of things, directing and choreographing, having a vision and getting all the parts to swirl around to bring a story to life! I love it!
In your most recent Broadway show, Something Rotten! you played a leather boy and the Bard. What was the best part of that experience?
Something Rotten! was a GREAT experience. Working with so many old friends! Making some awesome new ones! It was such a joyous and creative experience from the top down. Casey seems to just create such a fun atmosphere… yes, TONS of hard work, but so much love and fun and silliness too! Loved watching some of these greats work through the creative process. So much to learn in rehearsals… about ideas and choices and evolution of a character and freedom and “playing.” It was a wonderful experience. And getting to cover and then take over the role of Shakespeare was a thrill for me. My #Hairflips will never be the same!
After tackling the role of Shakespeare, you’re taking on another icon, Elvis. Do you find that they have any similarities?
Hmmm…. well… I find MORE similarities between Shakespeare and Drac Frenzie. Drac is the rockstar I play who eventually becomes the reincarnation of Elvis. Drac is very caught up in his career but finding it tough to maintain that life, so in that way he’s rather like Will, but Drac is way more self-destructive and needs to be saved, and Will was too vain to let himself go that direction.
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