Interview with Victor Legra

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.

430986_10151367618785005_1099726307_nTPC: What was your first job?

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?

VL: PIPPIN

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.

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