Victor Legra and I first met at the Broadway Flee Market this fall. He is currently a student at Pace University and works for the Broadway Producer, Ken Davenport. Victor and I sat down at an adorable thai food restaurant on the west side called Room Service and had a lovely conversation.
The Playbill Collector (TPC): Tell me about being in Florida and what got you into theater.
Victor Legra (VL): I discovered theater on my own. I loved singing. The movie “The Sound of Music” came on TV and I loved it. So my mom’s friend said “you need to know WEST SIDE STORY”. I was obsessed with the movie with the dancing. My mom then put me in a theater camp at Actors Playhouse in Florida for three weeks in the summer. After that I started doing shows at Miami Children’s Theater and the rest is history.
TPC: What are the first shows you saw?
VL: Touring shows came to my city so the first ones I saw were RENT and THE WEDDING SINGER.
VL: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts offered me an internship for promotions and marketing during the touring engagement of SPRING AWAKENING. My junior year, I worked with Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs & Culture Shock Miami which offered students $5 tickets to cultural events. We developed an iPhone app to buy TICKETS straight from your phone. We got the county a Naco Award for the app which I am really proud of.
TPC: What is your major at Pace University?
VL: I started as a BFA in Musical Theater and recently changed my major to a Professional Studies Major. My two concentrations are musical theater and management. When applying for colleges I knew I wanted to be in New York City so I could see everything (every show) and learn everything about the industry.
TPC: When you graduate, do you ideally want to produce?
VL: Absolutely, I am fascinated by it. I love that there is someone in charge who is the ultimate decision maker. They work with artists and I love to nurture projects. I’d like to start with Off-Broadway shows. The goal is to get a Tony Award by the time I’m 25. We will see!
TPC: Over the past few years what are shows you loved?
VL: I had a small obsession (and still do) with LEAP OF FAITH. I saw 20% of its run. After seeing the dress rehearsal it was a mess and I didn’t know what to think about it. Then my friend said they wanted to see it so I wanted to see if they fixed it. It was as if they cleaned it all up over night. I’m a huge Raúl Esparza fan and he is a Miami boy just like me.
TPC: What’s on your list of shows to see?
TPC: What is something unexpected that we should know about you?
VL: In high school I went to camp at French Woods. Now in the summer, I work there and screen print t-shirts for every show which is over 75 productions per summer totaling over 10,000 shirts.
TPC: There was a lot of buzz around the TV version of “The Sound of Music”. What do you think of musicals for TV?
VL: Bring it on! I want musicals to be broadcast everywhere. I want Nickelodeon to have “13” the musical. I think “Bring It On: The Musical” should have been on MTV. As far as “Sound of Music” goes, Carrie Underwood did the best she could. I am so proud of her!
TPC: You were a SMASH fan. Who do you prefer, Katharine McPhee or Megan Hilty?
VL: I like Katharine. However, Megan is a bombshell. She is Marilyn.
TPC: Do you visit the stage door after shows?
VL: It depends. I used to all the time but now I am specific. Some people I have loved to see and talk to are Sherie Rene Scott, Brian d’Arcy James and Mandy Patinkin.