How do you explain what “[title of show]” is?
I find the show exhilarating to explain. It’s a show that chronicles its own inception, and then it’s the (mostly) true story from a New York living room to opening night on a Broadway stage.
What do you find most appealing about the show?
I love how inspired I get by the fact that these guys achieved their lifelong dream simply by taking the first step, and not stopping until they were done. They wanted to write an original musical, and rather than talk about it, they did it. They joked about the show going to Broadway, and low and behold… It freaking did! How amazing is that?!
How do you describe the character you play?
Hunter is so my personality, and Jeff is very much John’s. When I used to listen to the soundtrack I figured if I ever did the show I would play Jeff. Reading the script, however, I was surprised to find that I am much more of a Hunter. He is weird, lazy, but driven, smart, funny, and the relationship that he has with his friends is so universally recognizable to anyone who has a best friend that they share a language with.
What character do you find most fun to work opposite?
I love the ladies, but it’s all about Hunter and Jeff. Their dynamic is just so relatable.
What would be the title of the show that you would write?
If I were to write a play, it would be called “Excelsior,” and it would be a play in three acts, each act three hours, of sheer epic theatrical brilliance.
What aspect of the production process excites you the most?
I like the challenge of it. The show is far more musically complex than I had thought (thanks, Jeff), and with only four people, there are a LOT of lines to memorize (thanks, Hunter).
Why do you recommend your friends see “[title of show]”?
Because it’s awesome. I can honestly say that you’ve probably never seen a musical like this before. If you’re a theater junkie, see this show. If you’re an artist at all, see this show. If you can relate at all to having a goal, setting it, and seeing it through to completion, see this show. You won’t regret it.
AUSTIN ARCHER (Hunter) Austin makes his second performance on a Utah Rep stage after appearing in “Rent” as Mark. His a Salt Lake City actor/director/choreographer type that you may have seen performing at theaters around the valley. His performances with Pioneer Theatre Company: Louden Downey in “A Few Good Men,” Leaf Coneybear in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” and the ensemble in “The Rocky Horror Show” and “Much Ado About Nothing.” He will be performing as Prentiss in PTC’s “Peter and the Starcatcher.” With Salt Lake Acting Company: “Saturday’s Voyeur” (five seasons, multiple characters), The Cat in the Hat in “Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat,” Sharktooth in “How I Became a Pirate,” Duck in “Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type,” Haemon in “Too Much Memory,” James Monroe in “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson.” With Good Company Theatre: Slim in “Cowboy Mouth.” With the Ziegfeld Theatre: Dr. Fine/Dr. Madden in “Next to Normal.” With Dark Horse Company Theatre: Lee Harvey Oswald in “Assassins” and Jack in “Ring of Fire.” He studied Musical Theatre and Acting/Directing at Weber State University.