Hunter Ryan Herdlicka is yet another one of our next generation actors on the up and up! He made his Broadway debut in the 2009 revival of Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music" first alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury and then alongside Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch. He also debuted his one man show in 2010, "I Happen To Like New York," at the legendary NYC Nightclub, Feinstein's at The Regency and performed in the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Benefit "Broadway Backwards 5" at Lincoln Center with Florence Henderson, Lea Salonga, Mario Cantone, Douglas Sills, amongst others.
Prior to Broadway, Hunter spent a season with the Utah Shakespearen Festival and appeared in six leading roles with the West Virginia Public Theatre. He's a sought out actor for readings and workshops which have included leading roles in "Bubble Boy: The Musical," "The Greenwood Tree," and "Mrs. Sharp" with PCLO/ASCAP.
Hunter will be performing in Scott Alan's one night only concert at Birdland in NYC on April 18 at 7pm alongside Marty Thomas, Kenita Miller, Alysha Umphress, Dee Roscioli, Christopher Sieber, Laura Osnes, Nikki Renee Daniels, Christiane Noll, Darius De Haas, Kyle Dean Massey, and introducing Raena White. Featuring new tunes from Scott Alan's latest release "What I Wanna Be When I Grow Up" as well as classic Scott Alan tunes! Birdland is located at 315 West 44th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenue). For much more on Hunter be sure to visit http://www.hunterryanherdlicka.com/
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? It was probably the first show I ever saw, when I was in 1st grade. "Cats." I know it's lame, but what's kind of cool is that Trevor Nunn directed it, AND he directed my first Broadway show, "A Little Night Music."
2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? The lowest is an A and the highest would probably be a D. (I sang a high B several times a night in "A Little Night Music").
3. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? Let's see...Michael Cerveris, Nathan Lane, and Laura Linney.
4. If you couldn't be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? I would have been a Geologist, most likely. For a long time, I considered attending SMU and not even majoring in theatre.
5. What's the best advice you've ever received? Anything Elaine and Bernadette have told me.
6. Favorite place to practice/rehearse on your own? I do most of my rehearsing and practicing in the dressing room, so probably there, by default.
7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Going to the gym. I have a personal trainer twice a week.
8. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs.
9. Favorite website? Definitely Playbill.com.
10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman!
11. How did you come up with concept for your solo cabaret show, "I Happen To Like New York"? I was approached about doing an act about a year ago, and from then on, ideas just kept flowing in for the concept of the show. And I figured, so much has happened to me in the past year, why not do a show about my first year in New York?
12. What do you get from performing in your solo cabaret show that you don't get from performing in a Broadway show? Cabaret is a completely different art form, far different from performing in a Broadway show, and I guess what you get out of it is such an intimate, personal experience with the audience. It's incredible to be able to see everyones face and respond to exactly what you're getting from them; and to be able to ad lib and joke around with them is so fun. It's so fulfilling and there's nothing quite like it.