Our lucky editor of The Broadway Blog, Tom Mizer, got to sit down with Broadway’s Jeff Calhoun. Check out what happens…
After a day overstuffed with rehearsals for the world premiere of Disney’s Newsies at Paper Mill Playhouse and casting sessions for the Broadway-bound Bonnie & Clyde, he graciously invited me to share some rare downtime (and a good strong whiskey) to discuss his career, his big fall premieres, and the joys of smelling like Dolly Parton. Perhaps I’d better let him explain…
I’m a serious journalist, so I’m going to start with something very important and serious. You are in the movie of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
I am. And in every gay bar on musical Mondays.
You’re in the locker room/Aggie scene?
I’m the quarterback that starts the scene. I say, “Hey Governor…” I forget what my line was but that launches the number that takes us from the locker room to the bus. Then we get a flat tire and there are two people that go up to the top of the bus, and it’s me and my best friend. It was a just a coincidence that the director picked us. So we have a shot together in the movie. Then we get into the old man’s truck and the director was really nice and put me next to the old man…so I had more camera time. And then they let us off and we jump over the fences and we go “tada” and out walks Dolly [Parton] on the front porch.
Did you get to meet Dolly?
Oh! Dolly and I are buds.
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