42nd Speak – Blake Bashoff, Spring Awakening
We all know Spring Awakening as the break out musical that pushed the boundaries of Broadway, and then went on to sweep 8 out of their 11 nominations at the 2007 Tony Awards. We remember Lea Michelle and her frail-naive portrayal of Wendla Bergmann, John Gallager Jr. with his frazzled-awkward character Moritz Stiefel, and Jonathan Groff as the forward-thinking, quick-tongued-revolutionary Melchior Gabor. People have seen the show once, twice, and some even hundreds of times. However, no matter the number of times it has been viewed, it’s still worth the trip and ticket to experience this show’s new found youth and vibrance. Unsurprisingly, the musical has experienced quite the turnover in the past few months, and with eleven new cast-mates having made their Spring Awakening debut the show has certainly experienced an awakening of its own.
Movmnt talks with a few of those personalities that are now adding new life to the show on a daily basis. Get to know the cast on a more relaxed level and experience the personalities that have revitalized a show that was once well on its way to the archives. Blake Bashoff, who is well know for his role on as “Karl” on Lost, joined the cast last December. He plays Moritz Steifel, originally played by John Gallagher. In August, Blake will headed to San Diego to join the first national tour of the show.
PART 1 – BLAKE BASHOFF
Movmnt: What was your biggest challenge while you were developing your role?
Blake Bashoff: Personalizing Moritz and bringing a new energy to the character while honoring what we had already been so brilliantly established by John Gallagher, Jr.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
BB: Well, I began acting when I was ten years old. Before that, I was very into soccer.
Do you have any unusual pre-show rituals that you do?
BB: Nothing out of the ordinary, I’m afraid. I stretch and do a vocal warm up. My dressing room is always dimly lit…helps me relax and get into a zone.
What Broadway star do you idolize the most and why?
BB: Jonathan Groff, our original Melchior. Onstage and off, the guy is an inspiration.
Spring Awakening has a very large fan base. What is the strangest gift a fan has given you?
BB: Um…a lock of hair.
What is your favorite moment in the show?
BB: It varies. “Bitch of Living” is always such an adrenaline rush! The “Don’t Do Sadness/Blue Wind”scene between Ilse and Moritz in Act II is housebreakingly beautiful material to work with.
Who is your favorite Disney character?
BB: Pluto. Classic.