Meet Danny Wilfred as EDDIE in SISTER ACT

Posted by: Pia Haas on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 12:00:00 am

I'm originally from Virginia Beach, VA, and my parents are from Trinidad and Tobago in the West Indies. Virginia Beach is a wonderful place to go home to. I miss the beach... but maybe not all the tourists. Haha

My older brother went to The Governor' s School for the Arts in Norfolk, VA  and when I was 5 years old, I saw him in a production of 42nd Street. I pointed to the dancers tapping on those giant dimes and told my mom, "I want to do THAT!"  Years later, I too attended GSA, alma mater to talented performers such as Grant Gustin and Tony-nominated Adrienne Warren. Subsequently, I attended the University of Michigan, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theater and have been working professionally ever since.

 My experience as a student at GSA truly prepared me to take on this career and I am so grateful for my training there, as well as at the University of Michigan.

I first listened to Sister Act in a performance class at Michigan. I guess they knew I was destined to play Officer Eddie Souther forever! This is my second time with this show after receiving my equity card doing it last year at Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island, directed by Evan Pappas. I love the show. It's a lot of fun and has so much heart. Seeing those ladies kill it out there on stage each night is truly inspiring.

I adore the  Sister Act movie. They are definitely two very different approaches to the same story but I really appreciate Mr. Menken's use of 70s style in the musical. I think setting the show in late 70s Pittsburgh raises the stakes as well. It was a tumultuous time for the city. Violence, crime, and race riots pulled the city apart at its seams. As a black male Police Officer under former Mayor and Police Commissioner  Frank Rizzo's authoritarian control would be a terrifying ordeal. Not only is Deloris's life on the line, but his as well. As an actor, that's the kind of background and depth you crave. 

One of my all-time favorite shows is Cabaret. I've done it 3 times, finally playing the Emcee last year at Highlands Playhouse in North Carolina. It is so tragically beautiful and relevant. Donkey in Shrek was a ton of fun, as was Seaweed in Hairspray! Of course, I'd love to play everyone in Hamilton... literally everyone. Haha

When not on stage, I love television! It's one of my favorite means of storytelling and I'm currently working on my own web series. Stay tuned!

Musically, I'm currently obsessed with Chloe and Halle, two teenage sisters, talented beyond their years! Their new album The Kids Are Alright is incredible. I'm also anxiously awaiting the release of Janelle Monáe's new album, Dirty Computer. She's a visionary.

 Danny as Eddie (r) with Zuri Washington as Deloris. 


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