Joy: Was it weird for you [in Spring Awakening] that people didn’t see you? They saw your character signing and you sort of had to hide?
Sean: I think there was a moment of thinking “oh, will this be weird?” And you know, I am not without ego. I am not trying to be a super humble guy, but there was a sense of like, I really felt like I got my moments and I never felt invisible, and I get to run into the crowd and that was cool.
J: You never fell?
Yes, I did not fall. A couple of close times. Not like Kathryn [Gallagher]. Kathryn took a tumble but no, I didn’t feel particularly weird about that, and I actually don’t know why, because on paper I would be like, I want to be seen. You know what I mean? But then I got to be in a fun way, being seen playing music which like, what more can you ask for? There are very few shows where I will ever get to go up and mess around like that.
J: And you were seen as Bobby Maler.
Right, which is a hilarious happy accident. I am very happy that worked out and Michael kept that in the show.
J: It was such a funny part. I liked it.
I know, and it brought this lyric that was kind of like a tiny little joke that super fans of the show might have gotten, and I think that’s what is really cool about Michael [Arden]’s directing.
J: Is that why you were wearing khaki pants though the whole show?
Yes. That is why. That sort of dictated that but Michael was willing to like — I think it livened up the show. To take little moments and make them big for a moment.
J: The Marianna Wheelan, that part was awesome.
I know and Ali [Stroker] is a special person too for all the reasons.
J: Did you watch her in Glee Project?
Yes. She was actually — you know, I didn’t watch that much because I think at that point I was still just getting into theater, but I went back and watched and I was like, Ali. She was a star then and I am excited to watch what she does. I think the sky’s the limit for Ali. She could be president.
J: She made history by being the first girl on Broadway with a wheelchair.
Isn’t it incredible? You know, they had to remodel a dressing room for her because all the dressing rooms were up flights of stairs or down, and it’s incredible. That had never been done and–
J: So cool that they were willing to do that.
Yes, exactly. And Ali was not making demands or anything. It was just like no, this is the right thing to do, and our show literally brought that change about that if there is a wheelchair-bound actress or actor in that theater again, our show is the reason there is already a space for them. It’s incredible.
J: Is Kimiko [Glenn] in the same dressing room that you are in?
No. I was very much ensemble and Kimiko is very much special. What’s funny — she is actually in Alex Wyse and Andy’s room. They had this room on the opposite side of the stage that’s just two people, and she is in there with Keala [Settle]. I visited the theater a few times and one thing I didn’t know, the crew of each theater stays the same. So designers change, but the crew is always there. So I know the doorman, I know the backstage guys.
J: Did you know Andy [Mientus] before Broadway?
I knew him “ish” through Michael, so it was sort of one of those — like I was very much like a fan of his, which I hate admitting now because now I love to tease Andy, but I was very much like oh, “Andy is cool and everyone loves Andy, I want to be friends with Andy”.
Serena: We are going to be starting this new segment called Bright Star where we are featuring fans who are really passionate about Broadway. We received over 40 applications, and all girls. We need a few guys. It’s really funny. We got so many girls.