Eric Stang is a rising actor and singer who earned a B.M. in Jazz Studies and has recorded keyboard and bass tracks for Kanye West, among others. Eric has performed at House of Blues, Howl at the Moon, and Milwaukee's SummerFest. Eric also rocks out with his band, "Polarcode."
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? Getting attention has always been in my DNA. Since I was a little kid I loved being in the spotlight, and as soon as I saw the way people enjoyed my piano playing, I was hooked.
2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? I would love to work with Matt Bellamy from Muse. He’s an amazing composer, pianist and performer, and I would love to see how he puts his music together.
3. What attracted you to "Million Dollar Quartet"? Actually I was asked to audition by the show’s casting agency, but I had previously seen the show in Chicago and loved it!
4. What do you identify most with about "Jerry Lee Lewis"? His energy, enthusiasm and his wild onstage charisma.
5. What's it like to play such an icon? It’s incredibly fun! It definitely comes with a lot of pressure to do him justice, considering some people in our audience have actually seen Jerry Lee perform in person! I have a deep respect for how original and iconic he was and I’m very grateful that I have the opportunity to portray him.
6. What is it like to come into the New York production from the Chicago production of "Million Dollar Quartet"? It’s been a blast performing in NYC with the original cast of Million Dollar Quartet. I really enjoyed performing with the Chicago cast too, but it just has a different vibe and energy out here. There’s definitely a bit more pressure doing the show in New York City, with its prestigious reputation for theater, so it makes it even more fun when we get a standing ovation from the audience.
7. In addition to acting, you also perform with your band "Polarcode." How did your band come to be and what do you get from performing with them that you don't get from being in a theatrical show? I’ve been forming my band Polarcode for the last few years. It was spurred from the idea that we could create a rock band that had no guitar in it. I play 3 keyboards in the band and one of them is a Fender Rhodes going through a Fender Twin guitar amp. It gives our band a very distinct sound. It’s a very different experience playing in a modern rock band than doing MDQ, and it’s a lot of fun to try and break new ground in music and create brand new songs that people enjoy! Check us out at: www.polarcodemusic.com. We're playing a show in NYC at Arlene's Grocery on Wednesday, April 11th!
8. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? I’ve learned about my flaws and my strengths. I’ve realized the things that I want to improve on, and by doing the show 8 times a week, I have the ability to improve all the aspects of my performance from week to week.
9. What's the best advice you've ever received? "If you wanna be a showoff, you better have something to show off." - My Dad
10. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Elisha Cuthbert, she’s pretty hot!
11. Favorite way to spend your day off? Favorite way to stay in shape? I love exploring New York City and going to places like the Comedy Cellar for some laughs. My favorite way to stay in shape is playing basketball with my roommate.
12. Boxers or Briefs? Boxers.
13. Favorite website? www.joerogan.net…I love his podcast.
14. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? The ability to fly…no question.