James Brown III takes the Actor Hub Musical Theatre Challenge

James Brown III is currently in rehearsal for #PeterPanLive on NBC which airs on December 4th. He is also in the middle of shooting his first Independent Film called Love for Passion, playing the lead role of Jeffrey Love. James can be seen on the small screen on episodes of this seasons hit new shows Forever on ABC and The Mysteries of Laura on NBC.
Broadway Credits: Rocky – Original Broadway Cast (Sugar Jackson; U/S Apollo, Dance/Assist. Fight Captain), Ghost – Original Broadway Cast (Dance Captain; U/S Subway Ghost & Willie Lopez), Priscilla Queen of the Desert – Original Broadway Cast (Jimmy; U/S Miss Understanding), Memphis – Tony Award Winning Cast, The Little Mermaid – Original Broadway Cast (Dance Captain; U/S Jetsam), The Color Purple – Original Broadway Cast (Bobby; U/S Harpo), Wicked (The Lover), The Frogs – Original Broadway Cast (Dance Captain)
Other Notable Credits: The Last Goodbye – The Old Globe (Peter; Dance/Fight Captain), The Producers – First National Tour (O’Houlihan), The Lion King – First National Tour (U/S Simba; Dance/Fight Captain), Michael Jackson’s 30th Anniversary Tour
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A song from the first musical you saw/heard
Kiss of The Spider Woman (1994) Vanessa Williams
A song from your latest musical obsession
“One Second and a Million Miles” – The Bridges of Madison County
A song demonstrating how underrated you think a musical is
Ghost by far was one of the most underrated musicals and not just because I was in it!
Awesome music, awesome magic, a story we all know told well, technical, emotional, and Caissie Levy!!!
Matthew Warchus, like Alex Timbers is a great director who collaborates brilliantly and takes risks.
A song which can make you cry
“One Day More” – Les Miserables
Sitting in Radio City during Dress rehearsal for the Tony’s this year. I love counter melody
A song which makes you laugh
Sunday from Tick Tick Boom
Makes me laugh because I love Sondheim and the lyrics are hysterical by Mr. Larson
The musical you’d kill to be in
Yes please!
A song sung by your favourite female character in a musical
Celie – The Color Purple
A song sung by your favourite male character in a musical
Benny in In The Heights
This show was a game-changer, I want to be Benny so bad, but it is way too high for my Bass/Baritone Voice…whomp whomp!
A song from the musical you know all – or nearly all – the lines to
…can’t escape especially when you’ve done it, twice!
Your guilty pleasure musical
I couldn’t get enough of this show and it’s brilliant stage craft after seeing the original cast in London. That is true collaboration!
The musical which made the most impact on you
The Lion King
A song you could listen to all day.
Wondering from The Bridges of Madison County
Gorgeous song, incredible voice…belting it constantly in my apt.
A song by your favourite musical composer
Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
And this clip of Aaliyah’s version of “Journey to the Past” is proof positive that they are awesome!! What’s better than pop-stars “re-imaging” animated movie songs and then mixing live action with animation in a video? LOL
I love Lynn and Stephen they are both like little Pixies.
The character you’d kill to play
Coalhouse in Ragtime
ALL DAY LONG, answering this question made me change my answer to my favorite composer, I initially wrote Sondheim because he’s genius, but the music Coalhouse gets to sing is just gorgeous.
The character you’d kill to play – if you were the opposite sex
Aida in AIDA
A song which inspires you
Move On – Sunday in the Park
Sondheim!!!! Enough said
The musical you’ve seen over and over
Spring Awakening
The character in a musical you can most relate to
Collins in Rent
A song from your favourite musical
Once on This Island
Ahrens and Flaherty at it again, GOD I love this show!
Your favourite song NOT from a musical
A House is Not a Home – Luther VanDross
Big thanks to James Brown III for taking the Actor Hub Musical Theatre Challenge.
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If you want to take the Actor Hub Musical Theatre Challenge please get in touch