Meet Josh Kenney! 'The Light Of The World!"
Josh Kenney appears in GODSPELL on our stage.. We caught up with him and asked some prying questions... Ha!
I grew up in MA. I am the eldest of 3 and the only boy. Started on the Cape/ Nantucket then on to Boston then my family moved to Mansfield, MA which is located next Foxboro, MA where the New England Patriots play (GO PATS!!!) I grew up moving a lot. As a child my parents would take me every Saturday to MASS College of Art for art classes. I always loved drawing cartoons and inventing characters. In HS I was in AP Studio Art as well as track and field in HS. Varsity Division 3 state Champs Indoor and Outdoor for my Junior and Senior year. Performing for me was never even on the spectrum of possibility until my senior year. Growing up no one in my family was ever artistically inclined.
Which leads me to Emily Hayes, a fellow senior, who begged me to be a part of a youth production of ‘Annie' she was stage managing for a local youth theater. I reluctantly said yes. I auditioned and got the part of Rooster.I HAD NO CLUE I COULD SING OR ACT OR ANYTHING OF THE SORT. I was bitten by the acting bug and fell in love with performing. It took a while for me to really trust in myself and my talent to decide to make it a career. Now flash forward to me at 25 when I got the courage to go back to school. I attended AMDA’s 2 year program and graduated in 2013. So here I am now an Equity actor thanks to Emily Hayes who is now the ASM on 'Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.’
I first heard of the musical ‘Godspell’ when I was 19/20? I had no knowledge of the American Musical Theater catalogue however some songs were familiar. A local community theater production was auditioning and I auditioned. I was cast in the role of Jesus. Unfortunately my car broke down and I couldn’t find a way to get to rehearsals so I had to drop out. Its sort of been the show that got away. :) I am thrilled to get to do the show and sing this awesome score.
This will be my first show at WBT. I am totally thrilled to join the team. I have heard so many wonderful things. Emilio Ramos who was in the last show, West Side Story with WBT. He and I graduated together and performed together in the same graduating showcases. He’s raved about the theater. :)
I have never seen the movie of ‘Godspell.’ I think it depends on the piece and whether the material will be served well on such a large scale. I loved Into the Woods, and Chicago, and Dreamgirls.
My favorite shows right now are FUN HOME, Something Rotten, Matilda and The King and I. Overall I would say Into the Woods and playing Rapunzel’s Prince would be a dream role. I would love the chance to play Elder McKinley in The Book Of Mormon, George in She Loves Me and when I’m older Jean Valjean in Les Miserables.
When I am not on stage I am in the gym or seeing movie or painting. I paint on the side as a means to not have to wait tables so much. You can see a few of them right on my website http://www.joshkenney.com/#!artwork/c6fI originally went to UMASS Dartmouth for fine arts and painting. I also happen to be a major foodie I love all kinds of food and I am constantly scouring EATER NY for new places to go and eat.
I listen to: Ariana Grande, Britney Spears, DJ Zedd, Gaga, Macklemore, Katy Perry, Madonna, Kylie Minogue… and even Taylor Swift. As well as Bette Midler, and tons and tons of cast albums. I also will at times use songs to pick a play list and rock out to 90’s Jock Jams.