Andrew Hubacher is a New York City based actor who just finished playing the lead role, Sam, in LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI. We met at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and chatted about his career.
The Playbill Collector (TPC): Where did you go to college and what is your degree in?
Andrew Hubacher (AH): I went to Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music in Cleveland, Ohio where I received a bachelor’s of Music in Musical Theatre.
TPC: When and where did you get your Actors Equity Card?
AH: In the summer of 2005 I did JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR in Kansas City at the Starlight Theatre and got my card there.
TPC: How long have you been working on the show LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI?
AH: There was a workshop production I did last year. I was brought on to understudy the lead and the actor left so I took on the role. This year we had four weeks to rehearse and put it up at The Workshop Theater Company.
TPC: The space was small and intimate. Could you see everyone in the audience?
AH: Yes, I was very aware which actually helped fuel me. So much of the character is direct address so I didn’t know how things would land until the audience showed up.
AH: It was a great cast of eight guys. They were non-pretentious and easy to get along with. The guy who played Captain Bixby worked on the show last time with me as well, so we both knew what we were getting into.
TPC: Were there many changes?
AH: Yes, some during rehearsal. Henry (my brother) had the most dialogue change and scene’s were added between he and I. All the songs and music were the same.
TPC: Did you have any input?
AH: Yes, that was the neatest thing about it. The director and playwright were there. They added and took out material. I had some ideas that were accepted which was amazing.
TPC: Do you read reviews?
AH: Not during but after the run. Even reading good things can divert my attention and I will focus on that.
TPC: Outside of theater, do you do any side jobs?
AH: I gig. I’ve sang at Avery Fisher Hall as well as worked on cruise ships. I’m pretty musically based, however, I like to do dramatic things as well. This show was a great role for me because they needed someone to sing but have good acting skills as well.
TPC: What would you like to see on Broadway?
AH: The Glass Menagerie.
TPC: Are you working on something right now?
AH: Currently I’m gigging and I write poetry.
For more information on actor Andrew Hubacher, check out his website: http://andrewhubacher.blogspot.com/