Get to know: George Salazar
On Nov. 7, Stephen Schwartz’s “Godspell” was revived at Circle in the Square Theatre — and George Salazar made his debut on Broadway. Lead soloist on “Light of the World,” Salazar also adds humor to the show with a series of quips, imitations and physicalities that prove he’s a talent who won’t hold back. We asked him the 10 questions we reserve for up-and-comers you’ll want to know. Here’s your chance to learn a little more about a rising talent Metro deems likely to sing, dance and charm his way into your Playbill for many years to come — starting with insight about his roaring WWE contender impersonation that helps illustrate one of the show’s many parables. Yes, really.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Katie Finneran once told me never to change who I am for anyone. I’ve been loud and proud ever since! Sometimes too loud.
Favorite dish to cook for yourself when you’re not in a rush?
Sausage, onions and peppers on a toasted hoagie. And some beer. Mmm …
What’s your most prized possession?
A huge sketch on wood of a walking path in Central Park, custom-framed and given to me by a family friend.
Did you have posters of famous people on your wall growing up? If so, who?
I was really into wrestling when I was a kid, so I had posters of my favorite wrestlers. Watching them was like watching a really bad soap opera, but on some serious steroids with tons of unnecessary and obviously fake violence.
Favorite song ever?
“Private Eyes” by Hall & Oates
Favorite or least-favorite word?
Actually neither of them are at all appropriate for print.
Best or worst date?
Best date involved food doused in truffle oil and the best beef pate I’ve ever had. I like food. Back off!
What reality show do you secretly want to be cast on?
“Jersey Shore.” Great. Now it’s not a secret.
If you had to pick one fast-food chain to eat at for the rest of your life, which one would it be?
In-N-Out Burger. But alas, that would require me to move West. And I love NYC way too much to do that for a burger.
Now that you’ve been interviewed a bunch, who would you want to interview and why?
I would love to interview Keith Richards. That guy has to have some amazing stories. I’d just be concerned about the contact high.