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Friday, March 2, 2018

Meet Michael John Hughes as Paul in A Chorus Line

Posted by: Pia Haas on Friday, March 2, 2018 at 11:00:00 am Comments (0)

 I'm from Wood-Ridge, NJ, only about 15-20 minutes outside the city.  So I grew up taking family trips into the city pretty frequently, seeing Broadway shows and going to dinners.  I was always so enamored and mesmerized by NYC and luckily was able to call it home when I moved in to attend Pace University for college.  At the age of 5, I told my mom I wanted to be in movies, which lead to me starting acting classes which then lead to a number of different dance and musical comedy classes.  I then attended a magnet school in my county where I studied theatre and further fueled my passion for the arts

 
Michael (Center, as Paul)

 

I saw the movie The Little Vampire with my mom at the age of 5 and immediately afterward told her I wanted to be an actor.  She signed me up for classes and I soon started taking dance and musical theatre classes as well.  No one else in my family has ever pursued a career in the arts, but thankfully I was able to major in theatre at my high school and I met a ton of amazing professionals who aided me in my pursuit of a BFA degree in musical theatre and beyond.

 

I don't remember first hearing about the show, but I always knew songs from it, especially "What I Did for Love".  I did the show for the first time before my senior year of college at the Weston Playhouse.  It was a life-changing experience.  I was having a lot of anxiety about graduating from school with a degree in musical theatre and leading the somewhat unstable life of an actor/dancer.  But this show reignites and reinforces all the reasons I began a life in the arts, to begin with.

 

I've never seen this movie, no, mostly since I've heard from others that it isn't very good.  I think it's great that musicals are brought to the big screen, as long as they're done terrifically (like Chicago and Hairspray).  Broadway shows are incredibly expensive, and I think it's amazing that these movies bring these powerhouse musicals to the general public.

 

My Favorite shows?  A Chorus Line! Seriously.  I love Hairspray, Spring Awakening, Dear Evan Hansen, West Side Story.  I wouldn't mind being in any of these, as well.

 

I love fitness classes and try to take lots of yoga, spin, and HIIT classes.  I love to watch movies, and television, especially in this cold weather.  But once it's warm, I love to be outside and go hiking and biking.  

 

I love my pop divas.  Lorde, Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato, Sia, Carly Rae, Halsey, Miley Cyrus.  But I love most music that just makes me want to get up and dance!