Tony and Drama Desk Award nominee, Tom Hewitt, is lighting up the stage once again in the Broadway revival of "Jesus Christ Superstar!" Prior to "Jesus Christ Superstar," Tom dazzled audiences in Broadway's "Chicago," "Dracula, The Musical," "The Rocky Horror Show" (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), "The Boys From Syracuse," "The Lion King," "School for Scandal," and "The Sisters Rosenzeig." Off-Broadway, Tom has been seen in "Treasure Island," "Jeffrey," and "Beau Jest" (Outer Critics nomination). Tom has also delighted audiences around the country in the National tours of "Peter Pan," "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" (Touring Broadway Award), and "Urinetown" as well as in Regional productions of "Kiss Me Kate" (Reprise! LA), "Titanic" (Muny), "Zhivago" (La Jolla), and "Travesties" (Long Wharf, CT, Critics Award).
Now Tom is back on Broadway in the revival of "Jesus Christ Superstar" as "Pontius Pilate" wowing audiences eight times a week! "Jesus Christ Superstar" plays at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 West 52nd Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue). Click here for tickets and be sure to follow the "Jesus Christ Superstar" on Facebook and Twitter!
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? I have a genetic predisposition to perform. I'm from a small town in Montana so I had no tangible role model. Performing wasn't exactly encouraged. It was a survival technique, like "Don't hit me and I'll do my Flip Wilson imitation."
2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? I would love to be in a David Lynch project.
3. What attracted you to the revival of "Jesus Christ Superstar"? Des McAnuff called and asked if I was free. I said "Chi-gi-j... ya!"
3a. What do you enjoy about performing with this cast? There is something sweet and genuine and very unpretentiously cool about those Canadian cats. There are 24 Broadway debuts on that stage, and a lot of gratitude.
4. What do you identify most with about your character "Pontius Pilate"? His penchant for aubergine colored crushed velvet suits.
5. What is your favorite part of the show? Paul Nolan performing "Gethsemane."
6. What is your favorite part of the rehearsal/preview period in a show? I love previews. There's still the sense that you might get it right. But, sadly, you don't finish a show, you open a show.
6a. Where is your favorite place to rehearse on your own? My mind.
7. I saw you previously in "The Rocky Horror Show" and "Boys From Syracuse." What did you enjoy most about being in these productions and what is your most cherished memory from this time? What did it mean to you to receive a Tony nomination for your performance in "The Rocky Horror Show"? Ok, Adam, that's, like, three questions...I loved the danger of The Rocky Horror Show. Because of the audience particip...(Say it!)...PATION!, you never really knew what was going to happen. As for the Tony nomination, I'll quote Linda Lavin and say "it was very nice to feel included."
8. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? An enormous ego and low self-esteem are perfectly compatible.
9. What's the best advice you've ever received? "Take Fountain." (Readers on the West Coast will know what I mean).
10. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Hmmm...What would my subconscious say? Whoever they are, they're in a tunnel holding a banana.
11. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer-briefs.
12. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Easy. I'd want the Lasso of Truth.