Prior to making his Broadway debut in the Tony Award Winning Broadway Revival of "Hair," Andrew Kober was touring the country in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." Now he gets to let more than his "Hair" hang out eight times a week. One of the many highlights of "Hair" is watching Andrew's gift of comedic timing and hearing his rich voice night after night. In addition to "Hair," Andrew lent his talented vocals this past summer to fellow "Adaumbelle's Quest" participant Bobby Cronin's "Reach The Sky" concert on the song "Just Choose Right!" If you haven't seen Andrew in "Hair" yet (along with fellow "Adaumbelle's Quest" participant Gavin Creel), come down to the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in NYC on 45th Street (between 8th & 9th Ave) and enjoy an evening of fun. For more on Andrew visit: http://www.andrewkober.com/home.html.
1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I knew I wanted to do this for a living when I saw the PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on my 6th Grade Class Trip to Toronto. The actor that played the Phantom was name Ciaran Sheenan, and I remember being just so taken with his performance. The idea that this is what his job was, and they actually paid him for doing this, was so shocking and exciting to me, I knew I had to be a part of this business.
2. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I know a lot (I mean a lot) about the New York City Subway System. I'm kind of a dork about that...I can also push my fingers pretty far into my eye sockets and I'm very good with electronics.
3. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Hmmm. On a good day I have a low G. The high note I sing in "My Conviction" is an A, I sing a couple of B's in Aquarius, and I sometimes sing higher in the show...I'm gonna guess I can comfortably sing a high D if warmed up.
4. If you couldn't be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? I'd probably teach. I taught acting at a theater camp in Cleveland a lot of my summers growing up, and that's something that makes me incredibly happy. To work with children and art in some capacity. I'd also like to be the guy that designs highway exits and overpasses. Nothing is quite as beautiful as a well-designed highway exit ramp.
5. What was your first fan encounter like? Bizarre...I was actually with my mom. She was visiting me here in New York and it was just after Hair had begun previews. We were walking down the street and someone passing by said "I think you're wonderful!" My mom asked who they thought I was, and I realized, I think they know it's me! It's just so strange and exciting because I was such a fan of Broadway growing up, and now being here...It's totally a corny dream come true.
6. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer briefs. (Did I just rock your world?)
7. Favorite comedian? Georgo Carlin, Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman, Michael Ian Black.
8. Favorite website? I check a few every day. Playbill, HuffingtonPost, NYTimes, Facebook, Twitter, and a couple of iPhone and Mac blogs.
9. Favorite ride at an amusement park? I just rode my first roller coaster a year or so ago (I used to be too overweight to fit...). Now I love them! I've only had the chance to ride them at one park (Six Flags, Tampa), but I'm looking forward to more chances.
10. "Family Ties" or "Growing Pains"? Both before my time...Step by Step? Family Matters? Saved By The Bell?
11. Favorite drink?
Non-Alcoholic - Tropicana Some Pulp Orange Juice
12. Summer Resort or Winter Retreat? Winter! I'm not a fan of the heat. I think I'd love an Alaskan Cruise...Do you know Rosie? Maybe she can hook me up!