Stories & Cast Interviews

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Tyler Johnson-Campion as No Mo!

Posted by: Pia Haas on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

 

I grew up in Louisville Kentucky. I have a twin brother a little brother and a little sister and I was adopted by two wonderful men! My family loved going to the theatre and was super supportive of the arts!  The rest is history!  

 

I started tap dancing when I was 3 years old and I started singing not too long after. For years I didn’t know There was a way to do both at the same time. They were always separate things to me. Then I got cast in the first musical “the Wiz” and learned that I could combine all of my lives into one art form. I then went to the Youth Performing Arts High School where I met some amazing mentors and I majored in acting, and minored in musical theatre. 

 

I saw a listing for an EPA for 5 Guys named Moe on the Actors Equity Website one day. I had never done the show before but I knew the title song and read the Character breakdown and decided to go to the audition! I think my favorite part of the show is either watching Quentin sing ‘Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying’, or dancing with everyone during "Life is So Peculiar"! I also love every second of “Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens”. Also these 5 boys I perform with everyday are some of the best humans on earth! It is an absolute blast to sing and dance with them every night! 

 

I really have too many favorite shows but the ones that immediately come to mind are: The Falsettos, Little Women, Young Frankenstein, On the Twentieth Century, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying! To try and pin point just one dream role is also super hard but I would love to play Bobby Child in Crazy for You or Cornelius Hackle in Hello Dolly!  

 

This is my first time at WBT! I love the people and the atmosphere! 

 

When I am not onstage I normally at the gym or in a dance class. I love choreographing tap dances with my tap crew, and goofing around and laughing with my friends! Laughter is the best medicine in the world.  

 

 I listen to all kinds of music! I love pretty much all genres. I sort of perpetually listen to Original Cast Recordings. But Right now I am in a Elton John and George Michael phase, but my favorites are normally Demi Lovato and Arianna Grande! 

Friday, February 14, 2020

Meet Quentin Avery Brown as Eat Moe!

Posted by: Pia Haas on Friday, February 14, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

   I was born in Philadelphia, PA and I started singing in the church choir at the age of 3. I did a talent show at my middle school and  once I competed in the talent show my mom started looking up performing arts schools in Philly.  We moved to Orlando, FL when I was 12 years old. I went to Dr. Phillips High School which is located directly across the street from Universal Studios Florida and was theatre major in the Visual and Performing Arts Magnet Program. 

 

I’d have to say my mom is what influenced me to become a performer. She used to do gymnastics and dance as a kid before going into medical school and as always allowed me to follow my dreams and encouraged me while still giving tough love! It’s interesting because I’m kinda the only performer in the family and we aren’t quite sure where my singing ability comes because neither of my parents really sing.

 

I first heard about Five Guys Named Moe in 2017 when I auditioned for a production in Chicago. I was in callbacks for the show but ended up taking another gig. Ever since I encountered the show at the audition, I’m been dying to do it. This is my first time doing the show! Honestly, the entire show is my favorite part. I love being onstage with this incredible cast and band. If I had to pick a specific moment it would be performing the title song “Five Guys Named Moe”. I think there’s a ton of magic that hits the audience when all five Moe’s dance together for the first time!

 

Some of my favorite shows I’ve been a part would have to be Shrek the MusicalJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and The Color Purple. Some of my dream roles would be Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors, the Genie in Aladdin and the Minstrel in Something Rotten.

 

This is my first show at WBT. My favorite thing about working here would have to be the staff here! They feel like family to me and I know it’s gonna be a good day when I walk through the door. 

 

When I’m not onstage I love to travel! I’ve been very fortunate to have traveled out of the country and well as inside of the country. My favorite place I’ve visited would have to be Wellington, New Zealand.

 

I listen to all kinds of music. You’ll have to check out my new single “To Be In Love” when it comes out next week to see what specifically influences me as an artist.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Meet Napoleon M. Douglas as No Max

Posted by: Pia Haas on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

I grew up in the small Midwest City of Des Moines, Iowa. My upbringing was heavy in activities: arts, sports, and community service. What took up most of my time was drumming in the Isiserettes Drill and Drum Corps., Track and Field, NAACP and Church.

 

Growing up in the Baptist Church I was heavily involved in both music ministries and pantomime ministries. These really refined my young natural talent and grew my comfort in performing in front of people. As I got older, I became more interested in Math, Spanish and Sports, but always kept performance around. In High School, my participation in Show Choir, Theatre, Gospel and Chamber Choirs at school - again aligned with the percussion in Isiserettes - became the strongest influences of me becoming an artist. 

 

Prior to this production I had never heard of the show, so auditioning for this company was my introduction. My favorite part of the show is singing with the 5 Moes in “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby”.

 

Favorite shows include Sweeney Todd, Dreamgirls, Ragtime, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Jesus Christ Superstar. My dream role is Toby in Sweeney Todd

 

This is my WBT Debut! I love how close we are to the city - feels like it is in our backyard.

 

When not on stage, I enjoy playing and watching sports. I also love watching videos on Youtube: Animals, Sports, SNL, the News.

 

In music, Hip-Hop and R&B are what I listen to most. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Meet Douglas Lyons as 4 Eyed Moe !

Posted by: Pia Haas on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

I’m from New Haven, CT... born and raised. I grew up singing in church and learned a love for music there. 

I got into musical theatre because it was the perfect combination of my obsession with singing, dancing and acting. My high school drama teacher, Kristin Grandfield, gave me the extra push I needed to pursue theatre. 

I’ve known about The Musical, 5 Guys named Moe for a long time. The first time I did the show was 14 years ago at Cortland Repertory Theater, as No Moe. My favorite part of the show is performing the song  “Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby?”. There’s so much heart to the gorgeous harmonies we sing. 

One of my dream roles is Coalhouse Walker Jr. in Ragtime, which I had the honor of playing at The 5th Ave Theatre in 2017! 

My favorite shows include Rent, Passing Strange and A New Brain. 

This is my first time at WBT. I enjoy that it’s a little theatrical gem right outside the city. 

I’m actually a composer, lyricist and playwright when I’m not on stage. I’ve been blessed to have my work seen on stages around the world. Writing has become my outlet when I’m not acting. 

I listen to Gospel, Pop, Folk and Blues music. I love it all.