Best known for playing "Dr. Craig Wesley" on NBC's Days of Our Lives, "Call Me Adam" chats with actor and producer Kevin Spirtas about starring as Bob Harrison in NYMF's 2014 production of Samuel Bernstein's Mr. Confidential from July 21-27 at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre in NYC (480 West 42nd Street).
Before TMZ and Gawker, there was Bob Harrison’s Confidential Magazine. Its scandal and showbiz fizz went viral, fab 50s style, outselling T.V. Guide and Time Magazine. But scrape away the hype, whipped cream, and dirt, and what do you have? A mostly true story about heart, innocence, and family loyalty, set to a sexy, swinging, Big Broadway beat. But sshhh! Keep it confidential...Click here for tickets!
1. From July 21-27, you are going to be starring in Mr. Confidential in the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF). What made you want to be part of this show? First of all — MR. CONFIDENTIAL is a good old fashioned style musical with great songs and musical numbers that help tell a great story. It’s style and presentation of telling a story is my favorite way to tell a story and is a good fit with my style of acting and performing. Not to mention, Bob Harrison, the creator of Confidential Magazine, was the true inventor and Father of tabloid magazines as we know them today...He is a fascinating character and I couldn’t pass up a role like Bob!
2. What excites you about being in a new musical and in the NYMF festival? Always having the opportunity of doing a new musical and creating/putting your stamp on something new is very exciting.
3. What do you identify most with about your character of "Bob"? Bob Harrison really just liked to have fun - even with his work! And he was really a good guy, though somewhat misunderstood. He was a serial creative, not unlike like myself, with incredible drive, and always had an a knack to reinvent himself and come back from his low points and failures...Like the lives of a cat! He always had another new and exciting idea to make, or create, or invent. My career has had some extraordinary highs as well as some equally extraordinary lows...But like Bob, I have a good sense of vision and perseverance and I just try to keep going with what I like to do and think might be a fun way to create and entertain.
4. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing the show? Well the obvious thing would be for people to walk away knowing who Bob Harrison was-- I never knew about him or his family, or his legacy for that matter, until I dove into this show! But mainly I want audiences to be entertained!
5. Since Mr. Confidential centers around the scandal/showbiz fizz magazine Confidential Magazine, what is the most unusual thing you've ever read about yourself and where did you read it? Somewhere, somehow, someone got the idea about me starting out as a stunt man and breaking into the biz that way. (NOT TRUE) But of course— since it’s out there, and in print, it must mean that it is true!!!! LOL!
6. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? Gene Kelley, in Singing In The Rain and The Pirate...Who else is there?
7. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? Jim Carrey! I believe he is one our master talents on the planet. I’m serious!
9. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? Usually (9 times out of 10)... whatever the character (I am playing) is going through or working through something in his life — I have that same aspect or lesson in my life to be learned or work through as well. As my character learns or heals = so do I...And on some level, perhaps the audience does too.
10. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Time travel would be awesome, yes! (Is that a super power?) If not... Perhaps leaping tall buildings in a single bound would be fun!
11. Favorite way to stay in shape? Chocolate Chip Cookies.
12. Boxers or Briefs? I like Briefs – but I think Bob Harrison was probably a boxer kind of guy! Maybe even commando?...which I am not against either :)
13. How do you want to be remembered? Just that I was able to accomplish my personal best while I was here...and while doing so I was able to touch other’s hearts as they have touched mine. Or maybe that I had the best abs in the world...That would be a much better thing to be remembered for, yes?
B'way: The Boy From Oz, Meet Me In St. Louis, A Chorus Line. Regional: Hairspray, Company, Damn Yankees, and Into the Woods. Off B'way: Silence! The Musical, Loaded. TV/Film: NBC's Days of Our Lives (Dr. Craig Wesley), Friends, L.A. Heat,V.I.P., Fired Up, Silk Stalkings, Quantum Leap, Embrace the Darkness, Striking Resemblance, and Green Plaid Shirt. Featured opposite Sir Ian McKellen in Apt Pupil, and Ben Affleck in the director's cut of Daredevil. Broadway producer credits: Finian's Rainbow (Revival 2009), Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (2012). World tours of his one-man musical shows: Night & Days,Jersey Men, and Let There Be Love.