#LiveatFive with Jake Boyd of WICKED

–Hello everybody. Welcome to’s live at five. It is Wednesday two show day. It is July 10th. I’m Beth Stevens. –And I’m Ryan Lee Gilbert –We’re here in the studio with
Caitlin Moynihan. –Hello!
–And who do we have with us today, Ryan? –We have the
wickedly awesome Jake Boyd with us this afternoon. –woo! –The Winky prince is in the house. –Here Yes,
absolutely. –We will talk to him shortly but first our top five. –Something’s comin and it’s something real good. –That’s right
Ivo van Howes take on West Side Story is making its way to Broadway later this
year, and today we found out some casting that’s very exciting. Here we go.
–Tell us! –Isaac Powell will be playing Tony a newcomer Shireen Pimentel, who is a
junior in the vocal program over at Julliard— so super talented will be Maria
Yesenia Ayala will be playing Anita and Ben Tyler Cook will be playing Riff
alongside Amar Ramasar, who made his Broadway
debut not too long ago in Carousel will be playing Bernardo. So amazingly
talented cast so far. All greats. Tony winning director Ivo van Howe will be
directing this as well as well as on will be choreographing
–New choreography for West Side Story people!
–Yes, big deal. And I mean , she’s a
big deal, so I’m sure it’s gonna be all amazing. The show will begin previews in
December on December 10th 2019. It’ll officially open on February 6th of
2020. It’ll be playing the Broadway theatre currently home to King Kong, but
we’ll soon be vacating that theatre of course. But, yes a lot of these people
that are doing the revival of West Side Story are also in Steven Spielberg’s
upcoming film. –Well-well-well
–Take West Side Story so they are just West Side Story-ing all over the place. –But with different, different staging. –Very different, but . very exciting. Congrats to all those that
were cast. Can’t wait to see it. –And someone new is taking a hold of the
magic carpet. –Yeah. We have someone new in Aladdin. –That’s right.
–Jacob Dickey will be Prince Ali in the show beginning on July 16th. He’s
taking over from Ainsley Melham, who is currently playing Aladdin and will take
his final bow on July 14th. He’s been here. So Dickey currently covers the roles of Aladdin and Kasim. –Amazing.
–You know the guys the guys. And he also
played the role on the North American tour. And he joins our vlogger Michael
James Scott who plays the Genie, Ariel Jacobs as Princess Jasmine,
Jonathan Freeman, who’s been in it the whole damn time, and more. Dickey
will play a limited again engagement through September 12. So check him out. –And there’s a fun little transfer half happening across the pond. –Yes, the musical take on Amelie had a UK premiere at the Watermill Theatre in
Newberry. And now it is moving to London’s the Other Palace Theatre this
fall. It’ll begin performances on November 29th at the Other Palace Theatre. This production is directed by Michael Fentemen and Audrey Brison
will repeat her turn in the title role. She will be joined by Sophie Crawford,
Falen Cunningham, Rachel Dawson, Oliver Grant, Chris Jared and more. Amelie will
play a limited engagement at the Other Palace Theatre through February 1st, 2020.
It’s a sweet little show. –Let’s go see it. –If you’re over there. Yeah. Are you going to take me to London? Sold. All right. –And this stage favorite has a fun new
screen gig. –So, when Darren Criss does stuff, we just talk about it. –Yes.
–So, I just want to say that. He’s a audience choice award winner
–It’s in our contracts. –It’s in our we don’t have a contracts, but if we did… So, he is headlining and
penning songs he’s gonna write songs for Quibby’s new musical comedy series
called Royalties. Of course Darren was on Broadway. I don’t have to tell you who Darren Criss is. He’s going to write so let me let me just read what it says cuz it’s
interesting. So, he plays part of a songwriting duo— and he’s actually also
writing the songs— as they navigate creating a great song week after week. So
talking about the songwriters behind it’s like Behind the Music
–Yeah. –Ish. Ish. Putting the spotlight on real life music personalities.
I don’t have a date on this, but I’m there for it. I’m there for it.
–Whatever you want to do Darren –We’re here for you.
–We’re there. –If you want to come here and sing those songs,
we got you we got you. –And this original show is gonna have a new life on form of
the cast recording. –Yes. This is really happy news. So, Half Time, which is a new
musical debuted in 2018 at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Jersey, will receive a
cast recording on August 2nd this show features a book by our beloved Prom
peeps Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin with music by Matthew Sklar and lyrics by
Nell Benjamin, Paper Mill’s Half Time was directed and choreographed of course by
Jerry Mitchell. It tells the true story of ten senior citizens who audition to
dance during the halftime for a major basketball team. The cast included Andre
De Shields, Lillias White, Donna McKechnie and of course the late Georgia Engel, who
gave her final performance in Half Time so you can get that cast recording on
August 2nd. It’s a cute little summery sound.
–Summery sound –Absolutely.
–lOVE IT –Make sure you do that. Also on the site, The Lion King, the live-action I know it’s not real animals.
–The Lion King movie like there wasn’t one before.
–So the live-action new Lion King movie the new one. It had its West Coast I would assume—
–It’s world premiere –It’s world premiere in LA. And some tour and Broadway people’s were all there to
celebrate we have some photos of that event on the site right now.
–And yes, Beyonce was there.
–Yes, of course
–I mean that’s really what you want to know right? –I also just found out Chance the Rapper I was a nostalgia like consultant? –Yes, nostalgia consultant. I want that job! –I was gonna say, can we? I can do that.
–If you want to talk about the original
Wicked, I’m here. –Yes, there you go
–Just so you know. –I saw it.
–Speaking of Wicked
–Thank You Ryan.
–Yes, my pleasure. –Caitlin, will you
tell us about our guest please? –Gladly. Yes, we have Jake Boyd with us here in the studio today. He is currently playing as we said the Winkie Prince Fiyero on
Broadway. He made his Broadway debut in Rock of Ages and he was Fiyero on the
national tour, so he really knows what he’s doing. Some of his off-Broadway
credits include Sweeney Todd, Carrie, The Last Smoker in America and fun fact he
was in the New Jersey production of Be More Chill, so we’ve got a whole lot to
talk about. Follow him on Instagram at Jake Boyd, but it’s J a YK
b o I D. Sound it out. Find him. Follow him. Leave some comments, leave your
questions in the comments below right here. And please welcome
Jake and Beth! –Thank You, Caitlin.
Hey, Jake! Let’s talk about the spelling first. –Of course. Yes. –That’s not how he
spells his name in the playbill. –No, it’s because some mean person out there already took my name is a handle the –Generic names, the Beth Stevens and the Jake Boyd’s. It’s just how it goes/ –I learned that phonetic spelling in
musical theater school, so I got to use it for something. –I love it.
So, how’s it going over at the Gershwin Theatre? –It’s great. It’s all right. It’s awesome.
I love it. We just did a really great show. It’s a two show day. –Thank you for coming and you got those white pants off and –Oh. Yeah.
–He put on jeans. I don’t want to –Fun fact, they were just tailored even more to be even more
revealing, so yet another reason… –To return to the Gershwin. He’s selling it.
–You know? –He knows what the people give the people what they want! –This is not your first time playing
Fiyero. Tell me about the very first time.
–The very first time I played Fiyero was on the national tour, second national tour. Started in Portland, I think, 2015.
And went for about almost a year to the day, till 2016. And the best part about it,
in addition to obviously being a part of Wicked, is I got to play my hometown, as
like my last… –Which is?
–Stop. Well, close enough. I’m from Tuscaloosa, Alabama and we played Birmingham. And it’s just like 30 minutes away. –You are such a Southern gentleman without the Southern gentleman accent
because actors they lose it –Yeah. Yeah
–They’d do their thing. So back in Alabama— so I
don’t know a lot about Alabama, but I want you to take me back to your
childhood and your inspiration. When I think of Alabama, I think football . That’s
all I think of! –You are not wrong.
–Are there other things? –You are not wrong. You know, I think that
the football kind of dominates the talk sometimes, but there’s so much talent
it’s really incredible down there. There’s so much art. I went to a public
high school where we had a show choir class, a musical theater class, and a
chorus, all these different types of classes. Musical theater was a class at
a public school. Isn’t that so cool? –That is amazing. –Yeah.
–That’s fantastic. So, what made you get bitten by the theater bug? What show did your parents take you to? –I mean, you can explain the magic of theater? I mean, my parents had me in
sports which I didn’t hate per se. I just –You sound like you loved it. I didn’t hate it! –I didn’t feel inspired, you know what I mean? And the first time our
school went on field trips and we saw a Snoopy the musical. And I knew some kids
who were in my school. And I was watching them and I just thought, I want to do
that. I’m gonna do that. That’s what I want to do. And I literally have not
stopped doing it since. –You have been working so much. You… knock on whatever
this is made out of. We’re gonna knock on things. You graduated from school and you
just started working. Is that true?- –Yeah, luckily.
–Pretty much? –Pretty much.
–What what drove you to get out there and get seen? — I mean, I I don’t I did not
have a backup. I did not prep a backup. I didn’t double
major. I didn’t do anything else. –You have no other skills. I have no—No, it’s true! It’s a
joke but it’s true. I have no other skills, so um it was kind of sink or swim.
And it was what I always wanted to do. And even if I was unhappy pursuing it or
not doing what I wanted to do, I was gonna be unhappy doing whatever I was
gonna do anyway, so I might as well be pursuing what I like to do. –Well, that’s the mindset right there. That’s the mindset. Now since we were talking about football, I
want to bring up you have a project coming up where you play football player. –Yes, but the British version of football.
–Ah –So, soccer for everyone who doesn’t know
what I’m talking about. –So, you’re gonna be at the Alliance
Theatre in September in Becoming Nancy directed and choreographed by Jerry
Mitchell. Tell us about it. –It is the sweetest musical ever. I’m so excited.
It takes place in the late 70s, early 80s in a suburb of London where this
burgeoning, young gay kid who’s coming into his own gets cast as Nancy in
his high school production of Oliver. I’m not playing that role. That’s Zack Sail.
But I play the the soccer jock student who comes in and they kind of spark up a
romance. And it’s uber sweet. –Okay let’s get back to Wicked because the wicked
heads are watching. –True, true.
–She’s scrolling through I know you’ve got
questions, which in second. You’ve got
two new people starring alongside of you Hannah Corneau oh and Ginna Claire Mason—am I saying that right? –Correct. So, you’ve got some new you know people new
green girl. –And they’re awesome. –Are they?
–Yeah they’re terrific. –I think it’s pretty fantastic when people are making their Broadway debut as the
lead in a major Broadway musical. –Even better than that, someone who’s making
their Broadway debut and doing an awesome job at it. But someone who’s
really awesome and nice, both of those girls —both Ginna Clare and Hannah, they
are the nicest people. And it’s such a good group and a good energy at the
theater backstage, so I mean everyone does really like each other as much as
it —I don’t know if you think that at all, but I hope you can tell that we all
like each other. –Fiyero has a little time off, so what are you doing backstage.
— I do –All the girls are belting their faces off.
–Well I am kind of obsessed with this British history podcast at the moment, and I’m not getting anything to plug
that at all. It’s just one of my favorite things. I’m like into medieval medicine
at the moment. And then crosswords. –Wow.
–That’s really weird. –Yeah
–Brainy Fierro. I
love it. I love it. Do you have a favorite part of the show? You’ve done it
so much, after doing the tour. –I mean, yes. I really I mean I love the courtyard, the
hole the swooping into the courtyard. I mean probably because I’m getting to be
center stage and like singing and doing my thing. But I just think it’s a really
fun time and moving into all the Oz dust too, and and then I kind of get to sit off the side and watch all these other amazing artists just like dancing. –And those crazy costumes.
They’re so cool. –They’re beautiful.
–Gorge. all right I’m gonna get to your questions because I’m watching Caitlin. Her eyes are crossing because Fiyero’s here. Caitlin, –Yes?
–What are people asking? –All right first questions first is Mason wants to know what was it
like to find out that for you’re going to be playing Fiyero on Broadway after
doing it on tour, and how is that been to –There was a break right? And then you booked it –Oh yes. There
was a little break um and actually I got to do it on Broadway fairly recently,
just a really quick stint from in December through February. And that was
the first time I got to do it here and it was so so cool! 15 year old me was Geekin out! –Geeking out. I still think about it I’m like wow this is so cool –So when
you took your first like step on Broadway, did you have people
there that you knew in the audience? –Did I?
–Did you tell people? –I, yeah. I did. I can’t remember if
someone was there for my first time playing it, but honestly that first
performance was for me. I mean, obviously it was for other people, but I’m like
today, this matinee. Yes obviously for them but like for the
inside like who I’m sharing it with them I was sharing it with myself as like
this culminating moment of I wanted to remember it and like feel it. –That’s amazing.
So when you took your Broadway bow for the first time, was it special that you
remember or was a blur? –No, I remember it. I mean, still, like it is a blur because
it really did all happen very quickly. But I remember it because of the support
and the love that everyone else gave me, too. And you know cuz I was just stepping
in for a moment and was lucky to come back –Who was your Elphaba and Glinda?
–Jessica Vosk and and Katie Rose Clark then.
–So you’re in good hands. –I was in good hands.
–And Jessica Vosk is going to be with you in –Yeah!
–Down in Georgia. –We get to be reunited.
–A Fiyero and and Elphaba moment. I’m always there for
that. Okay, I’m sorry we have more questions.
–Yes So, Isabella
wants to know if you’ve ever had any favorite audience reactions during the
show? –During Wicked specifically? Well not any that they kind of pop off at the top
of my head, but whenever you can feel sometimes it’s vocal and you can tell
that the audience is really riding along with you, but a lot of times is that
permeating energy. And I love it when especially on a matinee a you feel the
audience come onboard with you into this story. And because that’s what it’s there
for. And so when you have someone you want you think is really soaking it
up the way that you hope all audiences are soaking up, then you’re like, Oh, I was
so tired this morning but this was a really cool day. And tell me about the
stage your experience. I’m always curious about stage doors, especially when you
like do it for the first time on Broadway. Is it different than doing the
tours? –Yeah, yeah.
–People stage door tours? I don’t know. –Sometimes they do. Usually it’s not as prevalent as you know here. I
think here it’s built into our culture of theatre, which is awesome. I love it
when I when I would see shows and still do see shows sometimes.
You know, would you… sign this for me? –So you’re stage dooring other shows, that’s what you’re saying?
–When I get to. Sometimes, yeah. –I like that. Do you wanna tell us what you stage doored for?
–Lifespan of a Fact because Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones and Bobby Cannavale are all like
so awesome! –Very starry show.
–That was the last one, yeah. –Did you like do selfies? Did you get autographs?
–No, because I do feel bad! I as
someone who I have tremendous social anxiety sometimes. And so I always give
it my best foot forward with talking and doing pictures because I don’t know. It
really made my day when I there are people that I saw do this who would take
their time and say hello. But there are times where I’m like I feel so overwhelmed my social anxiety is like through the roof. And it also built me up, too. You know what
I mean? It’s like I get a little timid sometimes, but it’s really nice and
everyone’s so sweet. There’s never been any one he’s like throwing an egg at me
or anything, so I guess everything… –I don’t see that happening. I’m not going to jinx you but I don’t see that happening. –Amazing. Yeah. So, Sammy wants to know because you’ve played Fiyero so many
different times in different like on tour and on Broadway,
what has Fiyero taught you the most so far? –Um, you know it’s even interesting.
Even playing the same role, having a whack at it a couple times, it still
evolves and changes with me because I’m not the same as I was a few years ago
when I got to do it the first time. And so my experience and life kind of colors
the interpretation a little bit more. Like ultimately it’s like kind of
the same, but then like not really. –Anything specific change? Like to your approach, for example? –Yeah. Well, and I don’t know if anyone would be able to
gauge this but me but I I feel like I used to have a much more like hard-lined
Fiyero. Maybe a little more too egotistical than— I mean now he’s more
softer. He’s still that because he has to be. That’s who he is, but um I am found
moments of when like oh I always thought of this one scene as this one way and
now I guess it’s just over time I’m like oh I never thought about it like this. But I think that that’s right. –So, when you first moved to New York, tell
me about that. You you graduated from college
and then did you move here right after? — I moved here right after. Right
after I graduated I did a summer stock called Forsberg Playhouse, which is about
two hours upstate. So that put me in the vicinity of the city. So in the off days, I drove here because I took my car up
and auditioned for anything and everything.
–And didn’t have an agent –And I did have an agent at the time, yes, that I
got from my school showcase, who I love and I won’t mention because I love her
to death. And we –So, you so you’ve got an agent from your school showcase. You got
a regional production of something. And then tell me, were you going to like open
calls? Were you… –All the time, and working the non-union street, you know, that waking up at four in the morning. –Did you have a survival job too? –Yes, I did. I’ve always you know like the restaurant industry is
there, catering, party planning it’s not super convenient, but like if you’re an
actor, it sounds like so cliche to be like Oh, I’m doing this. But ,you just have your entire day free. And so yeah you can pursue what you want to do. The goal is to and never have
to do that again, but listen there is no shame in the hustle. –I agree with that. I
think it’s important to show people that you didn’t come here and booked Fiyero.
You came here and you work hard and you had to survive. It’s an expensive city. — 100 percent .
–And you made your way and you did it. You work so much. I
mean Caitlin read a list of credits that was very long.
–That wasn’t even all of them –You’re a young guy! –Not even all of them. –It wasn’t even all of them!
–Well, thank you very much. That’s really say I do feel proud about all of those
things cuz um well I would never fault anyone for dealing with the hand that
they’re played with. I mean, certainly if I had exorbitantly wealthy parents. –You’d take it. –I love my parents. They’re the most emotionally supportive you could ask for
someone who’s pursuing this industry. But unfortunately you know they
don’t have the means to be able to like Oh don’t worry, son. We’ll pay your rent
this month. I wish. I wish , but um it feels really good to not only have that love
and support for my parents emotionally but because without that I don’t think I
would have been able to like keep pounding the pavement and pushing it and
hoping for those things. –All right. –I love that. –I know we have more questions. –We do.
–Look at her. She’s like 700 more –You’re good. So, Jake, this is just a fun random question. Jane wants to know
what your go-to karaoke song is? –All These Things that I’ve Done by The
Killers. –You knew that. You were ready! –I know that.
–Do you karaoke a lot? –No, but that’s the one I always pick. –No, you’re just prepared. I think we
should just have a little karaoke moment here. Any time you’re ready, just let us
know. [laughs] I got soul but I’m not a soldier I got soul but I’m not a soldier… –Wow!
–On a two show day! –Come on
[claps] –We’re definitely inviting him to our next staff karaoke., –Oh yeah.
–Wicked is part of the family –Okay.
–The wicked, the –We’re close. It’s totally fine.
–Super close. –All right. Let’s do another question and so actually a lot of people want to know
what’s it like to get to Dancing through Life every night and kind of being able
to get through THAT? –What’s it like to dance through Life? –It’s a really… I mean, it’s an
awesome number. And I’m a perfectionist , so I put a lot of pressure on myself so
it probably isn’t… I border the line of like, Okay, Jake.
The whole premise of this song is you have to have fun. You have to have fun
and you can’t look like you’re working too hard or like trying too hard. But I
want to be perfect and I want to nail it every time, so that’s like kind of a
little I get a little have to go through this whole thing in my mind before I
come out for that number of stretching, working myself up, Okay okay okay. And
taking it
–We’re having fun. We’re having fun! –Takin it all, and throwing it away. And then kind of being like, It’s all chill. This is what it is… And I’m going to school. You know?
–I’m feeling the Fiyero vibe. –Yeah.
–I’m feeling it. –That’s really fun.
— That’s amazing. All right. Let’s do one last question. And
Aliyah wants to know has there been a moment where you’ve been like, Man, I’m in
wicked on Broadway, living out my dreams? –Every day. Every day. And that’s not to
say to that like you know we do eight shows a week day in day out and. And
every Broadway show that you see people they’re out there using their
bodies, they’re working hard and they’re dedicating themselves to doing this for
audiences every day. And yeah to get paid because we love to do it too. And there
are times where you’re like, Woof, okay. Especially for all the parents, Broadway
actors who are parents, and all the stuff that they have on their plates, where
you’re like, Okay. I’m tired today. And then you get to walk out on the
stage, and you kind of if you take a moment and look around and center
yourself. And be like but I get to do this today. And I get to be here. And
which is such a small percentage of people who get to fulfill this dream in
this way. And to me, that’s where all of my will banish any of those like I’m
tired thoughts because I mean, it’s really true. It might sound a little
trite, but it’s a special experience every day you get to do it. –And it’s not
just a Broadway show. It’s the biggest hit on Broadway. –It’s true. –I’m just saying.
–The green machine –The green machine! Well, thank you so much for doing this Jake.
You got to go back to the Gershwin, get back in the white pants.
–Yes, indeed. Go have fun.
–It’s what the people want! –In the Oz Dust ballroom. Give the people what they want! That’s what you’re gonna
do. So thank you for joining us. Caitlin, will you take us on out? –Gladly. Thank you guys so much for tuning in today. We’re live at five every single
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Be sure to tune in tomorrow when we talke to a Tony nominee Damon Daunno all about
Oklahoma! [music]

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