(Headshot by Liz Pearce)
Eric Sciotto: Wow! Thanks! I love being the definition of a "Broadway Gypsy!" What has been most rewarding? That could have lots of different answers: as a dancer, and creatively, what's been very rewarding is that I've had the great fortune to do extremely disparate styles of show... from 42nd Street to Rock of Ages. I love that I've been able to do pulled-up-classic, and down-and-dirty. I LOVE that I've had a "chameleonic" career for lack of a better term. That goes for the singing too.... classic sound to scream-y rock! That's been really fun....to be a ton of different types of people! As for the parallel to "Bazzard/Bax".... his character "understudies Clive Paget in the role of John Jasper..." And that's what I do and have done a ton of! Understudying! I actually call myself a "Career Understudy." I'd be lying if I said I never wanted to play another role of my own again, but I LOVE understudying! LOVE IT! And I've covered a lot of roles and a lot of really cool people! It's very rewarding creatively to keep working on something else whilst running a show in my own track.... it keeps that newness alive for me. And stepping into a role is very fun and satisfying for me. And I feel very confident in my abilities to do that. What Choreographer would I love to work with again?! Well, I have two answers... one is Warren Carlyle, who did DROOD! He's awesome and so creative and I feel like we barely got to do much, since Drood is not really a heavy dance show... but he's wonderful and I really hope to work for him soon again! Now, from my more distant past: Wayne Cilento! I did AIDA with him and also replaced into his SWEET CHARITY. I loved working with him. He's so intense and energetic and works so hard that he immediately inspires me to be better and go farther and push harder. AIDA was only my 2nd show, and I really learned a lot from him. I'm dying for him to do something new and I will try my damnedest to get cast in it!!! I'd also love to go back into Rock of Ages at some point, even if only for a few weeks. I LOVED it there and I really had a blast performing that show!
|Getting the Gypsy Robe for Drood|
(Photo by Eric Sciotto)
Question 3. Drood seems like a great show for the ensemble. What is your favorite dance moment and/or scene in the show? Why?
|Eric as Alan Eliot, sporting his new 'Stache|
(Photo by Eric Sciotto)
Question 5. Given the participation aspect of the show, I imagine it is difficult on nights when the audience isn't so verbal. And I also imagine that sometimes they can get out of hand (maybe the cast can, too!). How do you all deal with a "dead audience"? Can you share a story or two of something unexpected that has happened at the end, either from the audience or the cast on stage (or both)?
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