The Little Barber, David Cantor

Posted by: Pia Haas on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 12:00:00 am


David Cantor (l) as the Barber in "The Golden Helmet of Mambrino"

I grew up in Pleasantville about 20 minutes north of Elmsford. My father was a musicologist, composer and performer, my mother an English teacher and then a librarian. Both performed locally. When I was about six years old, they even ran their own Gilbert & Sullivan touring company for a couple of years.

My last two years of high school were spent at Woodlands HS in Hartsdale. My theatre teacher there, Tony Howarth, became a great friend and mentor to me for many years.

I Used to listen frequently to the London cast recording of Man Of La Mancha,  which included all the dialogue. I Have loved the show for years but have never done it before. I Have seen three versions: Alan Jones as Quixote, Ed Ames as Quixote and the 3rd B'way revival with David Wasson as the Padre!

I Never saw the movie, but I listened ONCE to the record. That was plenty. (and by the way, the Jim Nabors recording of the show is pretty terrible too!). Some movie musicals capture the show well, but it's such a different medium that the compromises always bother people like me who care about the theatrical version.

This is my 11th show at WBT (or perhaps 10th? I can't remember) An on-going Equity theatre, commutable for NYC based actors, with producers who care about the show and about the actors--what's not to like?!

I love most shows from the Golden Age of musicals, many operettas as well, newer shows by such writers as Flaherty & Ahrens, Mark Shaiman, Alan Menken. My Dream role is the next one that pays!

When not on stage, I enjoy spending time with My wife Karen, daughter Rachel and son Adam, and  watching Jeopardy, old movies and cooking shows.

What's on my Iphone?  Pictures of my kids, of course!!


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