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Special Interview with Chris Sieber (Beiber with an S) about Shrek The Musical on DVD

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I’m very excited to share an interview we just did with one of the stars of Shrek The Musical which is about to become available on DVD and BluRay, Chris Sieber. Before we talk about the interview, I want to thank Chris for taking the time to talk to us, and I encourage you all to buy Shrek the Musical on DVD and BluRay when it comes out later this month. We also have another special guest interview with another star from the show tomorrow, so come back and see what this well known and amazing Actor has to say. (The performance of the song he talks about is at the bottom of the post.  It’s not the actual performance but is of the song he performed.)  (I apologize for the low sound quality coming from the phone.  The microphone and speakers did not connect well.  When we post the second interview later today or on Monday we’ll make sure to have the phone speakers or recording speakers closer to the iPad.)

Here is our phone interview with Chris Sieber about Shrek the Musical and his role as Lord Farquaad. (The sounds breaks up at certain points so I have the questions below.)

1. What was it like going from a dramatic knight to a drama king/queen to a Drag Queen?

Chris got a laugh out of this (Thank god) and talked about how the characters can have some similarities.  He thought it was very funny that he’s always playing royalty in different broadway shows.  He plays kings, queens, princes and recently did a stand in in Pippin which was amazing.  He played an evil King for about 2 to 3 weeks within the show.  The main difference between love in his roles as different royalty in the Drag Queen vs. the Drama Queen is that the Drama Queen was more in love with Felonious.

2. Shrek the Movie makes fun of a lot of movies, tv shows and fairy tales. Shrek the Musical makes fun of a lot of Broadway shows. Your character in particular has a moment where you spoof one of the most iconic moments from the hit musical Wicked where you mimic Elphaba in her high note during Defying Gravity. What challenges did you have as an Actor and what did you do to try and help the audiences get some of the Broadway Show spoofs, if the audience members have not have seen a ton of shows.

Chris was very honest with this answer. He talked about there being only so much that an Actor can do and then you have to hope for the best. If you listen, he even performs how he did it at rehersal and why that performance is how that part was added into the show.  The main thing is that they have a group of amazing Actors and fun people, the full support of Dreamworks so when he went and tried to hit the high note as a joke, everyone laughed for about 30 minutes non-stop.  From that point on the high note became part of Lord Farquaad’s character and role.

3. The cast of Shrek the Musical is made up of some of the most funny and talented people on Broadway. The movie and show is all about imagination, creativity and having fun. With this much talent and energy, what was your favorite blooper from the show either on or off stage.

Chris talked about getting ready for the curtain to go up and all of the sudden Lord Farquaad’s legs breaking. He instantly called for the Stage Manager and said his legs were broken. Unfortunately everyone thought it was Chris’s legs and not Lord Farquaad’s legs. Everyone rushed around worried that he was hurt and eventually they found out it was the character and not him. They gave him the spare legs and the curtain went up about 5 minutes later. His version is much funnier if you can hear it.  (You can see a video of the routine below at the Tony Awards and why broken legs wouldn’t work.)

4. We were running out of time so I asked one last question. What is your favorite thing about Shrek the Musical on DVD and BluRay, the show and what should people look for?

Chris: “Me! Just kidding.” The thing people will enjoy is that the film crew captured the show like you are actually at the show. You’ll love the costumes and everything about the production.

I snuck in one last question which was a favor for one of our readers. Can you please say hi to Mr. Sean C. Huff?

Chris: Sean C. Huff? Hi Sean C. Huff, Chris Sieber here.

I’d like to thank Chris Sieber for the interview again and taking time out of his day. Tomorrow we have another interview with another Actor from the cast of Shrek the Musical. I encourage you all to go out and buy a copy of Shrek the Musical on DVD and BluRay and thank you again for your time Chris.

La Cage Aux Folles Tour Reviewed – Should you see it?

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Last Sunday I went to see George Hamilton and Chris Sieber star in one of my favorite shows, La Cage Aux Folles. Although I loved the choreography, singing and dancing in other versions that I’ve seen, this cast fell short in soo many ways.

La Cage Aux Folles brought us amazing songs like Put a Little More Mascara On, I am What I am and The Best of Times. Unfortunately this cast could not pull off a single one of them. The Best of Times was flat, nobody sang out or really hit a solid note to make you smile or want to cry with I am What I am. The tap dancing you expect with the show basically didn’t exist and the actors couldn’t pull you in. It was the very first show I have ever seen that did not get a full standing ovation at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

George Hamilton is a bit older, probably to old for the part, but he did do an ok job. It wasn’t the best performance, mainly because he reminded me of Bob Barker hosting The Price is Right instead of a drag queen nightclub owner dating a star. I have seen and heard much better performances from Chris Sieber before which is why I was shocked to see such a bad show from him. I was hoping that at least he could take it up a few levels and make the show amazing. Unfortunately neither of them could pull it off. Luckily for them, there were two characters who stole the show. Jacqueline who was played by the fabulous Gay Marshall and Jacob the Butler/Maid played by Jeigh Madjus.

Jacqueline and Jacob stole the show. They both had more than enough presence to take a show that people would have walked out of and bring in comedy, life and entertainment. The two of them lit up the stage and got everyone smiling and laughing. They are the only reasons that a few people had stood up and were the only two characters that people were loving after the show was over. I hate giving bad reviews because I know how hard the actors work, but if you are going to see the tour of La Cage Aux Folles, save your money if there is something better to do. It isn’t the worst show I have ever seen, but it isn’t one I would recommend spending more than $40 on for good seats.

If they would bring in new choreography, better singers and actors for Albin/Zsa Zsa and Georges as well as add some life back into the show, it would be a hit. I give the touring cast of La Cage Aux Folles 2 out of 5 stars because I just didn’t fall in love with it. It may have been an off night, but after talking to people who had seen other performances with this cast, they all said the same things. Jacqueline and Jacob saved the show from getting 1 or no stars at all.

Here is the original broadway revival cast singing The Best of Times from La Cage Aux Folles.