Outer Critics Circle Award nominee Reeve Carney, star of Broadway’s Hadestown, returns to The Green Room 42 on Sunday, June 30 at 9:30 PM.
Reeve’s concert will highlight original songs from his five-time Independent Music Award-winning album, Youth Is Wasted. Hadestown – Anaïs Mitchell’s new musical directed by Rachel Chavkin, currently in performance at the Walter Kerr Theatre – has been nominated for 14 Tony Awards, including “Best Musical.”
Lia: How has your role of Orpheus changed since the National?
Reeve: One of the most exciting changes for me is that in the National Theatre version of Hadestown, and even at Edmonton, Orpheus has shedded a bit of that bravado and traditional masculinity for guilelessness. There is an aspect of him having no guile, which I love. It affects the different characters in different ways and certainly has an affect on Orpheus and the way that I play him. It feels really nice.
Lia: How does it feel to be back on Broadway?
Reeve: There’s no better place. I’m from New York originally. My time on Broadway before now has been incredibly rewarding. It’s such hard work. If you like to work out, which I don’t particularly, but there are people who feel that’s hard work but it feels good, that’s how Broadway feels to me.
Lia: On his studio in his apartment
Reeve: I built a studio because with the Broadway hours, often time with matinee days in particular, it wouldn’t make sense to have a 12-hour lockout in an actual studio. I built it so I could see what would happen. I finished the entire album there, including the drums. I built some things so people couldn’t hear them.
Lia: What has been like to work with Eva as your love interest?
Reeve: In an actor, the best thing that you can have is trust. We really all have that with one another. When you are playing lovers, you really need that trust. It’s like water, it is so easy.
Lia: On your artistic family
Reeve: My mom is an incredible jewelry designer; my dad is an incredible songwriter. My mom is also an incredible songwriter. My brother and sister are also incredible songwriters. My brother is an amazing guitar player and singer. They do a lot. Our great uncle is Art Carney, from “The Honeymooners”. I’m excited to tell the crew here. When I told the crew at Spiderman, they treated me like I was in the royal family.
Reeve Carney originated the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the record-breaking Broadway musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. A lifelong musician, Reeve jumped at the opportunity to perform a score by U2’s Bono and The Edge-not to mention re-team with director Julie Taymor, who he’d worked with in her film, The Tempest. In 2013, he however, Reeve finally hung up his Spidey suit and headed to Dublin for Showtime’s buzzed-about John Logan/Sam Mendes series, “Penny Dreadful,” in which he played reckless hedonist Dorian Gray. Reeve’s latest album, Youth is Wasted, was recorded primarily in his New York apartment. In an upcoming Jeff Buckley biopic, Reeve will play the late singer, marrying his love of music and acting.
Reeve Carney will perform at The Green Room 42 (570 Tenth Avenue at 42nd Street, on the 4th Floor of Yotel) on Sunday, June 30 at 9:30 PM. The cover charge ranges from $35-$75. There is no food and drink minimum. For tickets, please visit www.TheGreenRoom42.com.
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.
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