Andrew Keenan-Bolger is yet another one of our next generation actors on the rise! On Broadway, he has starred in "Seussical," "Beauty and the Beast," "A Christmas Carol," and currently "Mary Poppins," playing "Robertson Ay" (taking over the role from fellow "Call Me Adam" Mark Price). Around the country, Andrew has been on the First National Tours of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" (playing "Leaf Coneybear") "The Grinch" (playing "Max"), "Mary Poppins" (also playing "Robertson Ay"), and "Ragtime." His other theatrical credits include "It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Superman" (Dallas Theater Center), "High School Musical" (NAMT), and "Perez Hilton Saves The Universe" (2008 NYC Fringe). Andrew is also sought after for many theatre workshops/readings. Some of his more recent ones have been "Crutchy" in Disney's "Newsies," "Mike TeeVee" in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (Marc Shaiman/Scott Whittman, director Sam Mendes), "Jesse" in "Truck Everlasting," "Omar" in Disney's "Aladdin," and "Hal" in "Rocket Scientist" (Playwright's Horizon).
In addition to theatre, Andrew has shined in such films and TV shows as Nickelodeon's "The Naked Brothers Band" ("Christophe"), "Marci X," "One Life To Live," weekly commentator on FNMTV on MTV, and the hit web series "The Battery's Down."
On Monday, February 7, you can catch Andrew along with Lindsay Mendez in Ryan Scott Oliver's Songbook release concert at 7pm and 9:30pm at Joe's Pub in New York City! You can also catch Andrew 8 nights a week on Broadway in Disney's "Mary Poppins" as "Robertson Ay" at the New Amsterdam Theatre (42nd Street & 7th Avenue) in New York City! For much more on Andrew be sure to visit http://www.andrewkeenanbolger.com
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? My sisters are my biggest inspiration. My sister Maggie and I grew up watching Celia perform. When you're a kid and your big sis is doing something she thinks is cool you're bound to follow in her footsteps.
2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Oh jeez. I don't honestly know. I just try to bark out whatever's on the page.
3. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? I've always wanted to work with Michael John LaChiusa. He writes the most ingenious, challenging material in modern musical theatre. I can now cross Ryan Scott Oliver off that same list :)
4. What's the best advice you've ever received? To always wear blinders. It's easy to compare yourself and your achievements to people around you. The time you spend looking side to side, other people are moving forward.
5. If you couldn't be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? If I wasn't an actor, I'd probably be involved in some aspect of filmmaking. Either editing or directing.
6. Favorite place to rehearse/practice on your own? It's such a cliche, but my shower. I've come up with some crazy shit standing under that faucet.
7. Favorite way to stay in shape? I try to walk to Shake Shack rather than take the subway.
8. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs.
9. Favorite website? I really love flavorwire.com. It's a totally hipster culture blog filled with lots of free music, art and news stories.
10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Absolutely Superman! I spent last summer working on the Strouse and Adams musical of the same name and became fascinated with America's long obsession with the caped hero.
11. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? I make a mean grilled cheese.
12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My boyfriend, Brian Letendre :)