Stories & Cast Interviews
A chat with The Barbershop Quartet in The Music Man at WBT!
L to R: Martin Bonventre, Brian Conklin, FaTaye, Jimmy Tate in The Music Man
Where are you guys from?
Martin Bonventre- Bronxville, NY
Brian Conklin- Tappan, NY
FaTaye-Dobbs Ferry, NY
Jimmy Tate- White Plains, NY
What was the First Play you were in?
Brian- When I was ten years old I did Amahl And The Night Visitors in Pearl River
FaTaye - Sky Masterson in Guys And Dolls.
Martin- A Midsummer Night's Dream .. in the chorus.
Jimmy- Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Rye Country Day School in 1979.
Do you sing in the shower?
FaTaye- Everyone sings in the shower - some sound good, some sound bad... but we all do it.
Martin- Before auditions, I use it to warm up.
Brian- I do vocal exercises in the shower!
Jimmy- I sometimes sing in the shower, but prefer the car.
Are you guys as close off the stage as your characters are on it?
Martin- “The four of us had a lot of extra rehearsals and we have a very strong brotherhood. “
The rest of the guys: Agreed!!!!
What's on your Ipod?
Martin- Led Zeppelin, classic rock, metal.
Brian- Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald when they’re on the same album!
Jimmy- Ed Sheeran.
What is your favorite scene in the show?
Fatye- The number "Shipoopi!"
Brian- " Ice Cream Sincere" sice it's when The barbershop quartet first sing together.
Martin- "Lida Rose" … because of the blocking.... and how much we practiced the blocking!
Jimmy- The Quartets’ “Sincere”