Interview with San Diego actor, Chris Hoolihan

Chris Hoolihan and I did theater together when I was growing up in San Diego. One of my fondest memories of working with him was when we did a production of ANNIE together. He played Daddy Warbucks, his daughter Emily played Annie, my brother played Rooster and I played Miss Hannigan. It was a lot of fun! Chris has been in many local productions and continues to attend and participate in shows when he can.
The Playbill Collector (TPC): How did you get your start?
Chris Hoolihan (CH): I wish I had started at a younger age. When I was young, I’d sing in the car and was part of chorus in elementary school. I started dating a thespian girl my junior year of high school. Then I got involved in the senior show. It was a big review and I loved it. From there I kept doing shows when I could.
TPC: We did some shows together at Coast Kids. How did you become part of that?
CH: We were a singing family. My daughter Emily started with Coast Kids and Ann Schulz (director) gave me a shot. I pretty much have the Star Theatre to thank for being in shows these past years.
TPC: What’s your favorite backstage snack?
CH: Cheese Ritz Bits from Circle K!
TPC: What are some of your favorite musicals?
CH: PIPPIN because that’s the show that made me really want to act. The movie version of THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Also, LES MISERABLES.
TPC: What’s a dream role?
CH: I’ve already done it. Jean Valjean in LES MISERABLES. Aside from that, I’d still love to play Phantom.
TPC: What’s your go-to audition song?
CH: “Bring Him Home” form LES MISERABLES.
TPC: What has stood out to you on Broadway in the last few years?
CH: I really thought ONCE was life changing. KINKY BOOTS was very fun. The fact that WEST SIDE STORY was in Spanish and English was great. Oh and I loved MARY POPPINS! It was amazing and so much better than I thought it would be.
TPC: What are local productions you enjoyed?
CH: ALLEGIANCE at The Old Globe. RENT at the Lyceum with California Youth Conservatory was amazing.
TPC: Who are some of your favorite actors or actresses?
CH: Ian Mckellen and Patrick Stewart. I would have loved to see them in WAITING FOR GODOT. Jennifer Lawrence if always amazing.
TPC: Do you have any shows you plan to audition for or are currently cast in?
CH: I just finished a run of INTO THE WOODS with CYC at the Lyceum where I played the Mysterious Man. I will likely take a bit of a hiatus and just enjoy being in the audience until the next role comes along.


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