Ryan Foy fills us in!

Posted by: wbtpress on Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at 5:32:00 pm

 Ryan Foy (as Harry Bailey) & Katie Sina (as Ruth)

I was born in Dallas, TX, but I grew up in Denver, CO.  I've been performing since I was a little kid, in many different capacities.  Performing has always been a big part of my family's history, since I am the great-grandson of famed Vaudevillian performer Eddie Foy.  That's a whole family history, I could go into... but the film version tells that story well enough.  After high school, I attended the University of Michigan for my Musical Theatre degree and then moved straight here to New York.  My sister helped get me into performing initially, and then after a while it didn't make any sense to do anything else.  I know that I will always be involved in this profession somehow, be it acting, directing, or even building sets backstage.  I have had so many mentors over the years of my training, that it is hard to name but a few.  Shirley Verrett was a great influence, as well as all of my professors at Michigan like Mark Madama and Linda Goodrich.  They all taught me how to balance this career as an art and a business.

I am a big fan of the sardonic music theatre canon, especially the shows that take a big bite out of the genre.  Shows like Urinetown, Bat Boy, and Reefer Madness stick out as favorites in my mind.  I always like to say that my dream role hasn't been written yet, but out of the existing great roles I would love to play Sweeney Todd.  I may have to wait a few years yet, but someday.

The film version of It's A Wonderful Life is a classic, but one I only watched a few times while growing up.  Revisiting it now while prepping for this show showed me how poignant the story still is today.  It's a depressing tale, with a very happy ending.  I knew about this musical a long time ago, because it actually premiered at my alma mater back in 1989.  When I told my old teachers I was doing it, they were thrilled.  One of my music professors even said to look for some of his signature licks in the orchestrations because much of what is published comes from his original notebooks.

Although I don't have a family yet,  I do have a few baby cousins who loved it when I was touring with Thomas the Tank Engine!  When not on stage, I enjoy going on spontaneous adventures around Manhattan just as much as I do curling up at home and watching all my favorite TV shows on my DVR.  
I've got one of the giant 160gig iPods, so I have more music and movies on there than I know what to do with.  It is however an eclectic mix of indie rock, musical theatre, and mainstream pop music.  You get some strange combinations when you hit shuffle.


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