Broadway Sandwich: “Beautiful”
Follow Broadway's biggest stars during their breaks between matinee and evening performances. See how Evan Todd from “Beautiful” stays in shape for 8 shows a week.
Why did you think I was Canadian?
Just because, like,
I feel like Canadians make great husbands.
They can build furniture and go camping and, like,
pitch tents and, like, cook on the grill and stuff.
You know what I mean? Yeah.
Good to know. Yeah, yeah.
Maybe I should just start telling people I'm Canadian.
Scribner: The lives of Broadway performers are busy.
They only have a few short hours
between their matinee and evening performances.
And they're giving us an inside look,
from grabbing a bite to unwinding,
plus a backstage tour.
Have you ever wanted to see what we do
in the time sandwiched between performances?
Follow along and find out.
This is "Broadway Sandwich."
Well, it's a beautiful day in New York City,
and you've got a friend in me
because I'm taking you to the Stephen Sondheim Theatre
to meet Evan Todd, who currently stars
in one of my favorite musicals of all time --
"Beautiful: The Carole King Musical."
♪ You got to get up every morning ♪
♪ With a smile on your face
♪ And show the world
♪ All the love in your heart
Scribner: "Beautiful" tells the true story of Carole King's journey
from teen songwriter and hit maker to solo success.
♪ Show the world all the love
"Beautiful" was nominated for seven Tony Awards,
and it won two.
It also took home the Grammy Award
for Best Musical Theater Album.
Don't worry. It's got all the hits you love,
plus a bunch of songs you probably never knew
she wrote for other music superstars.
Evan plays Gerry Goffin,
Carole King's first husband and songwriting partner.
Together, they wrote 50 top-40 hits.
Now, this is Evan's debut as a performer on Broadway,
but he's already been nominated for a Tony
for his producing work on the revival of "Spring Awakening."
What's going on, cutie? How are you?
How was the matinee? It was good.
It was good. We have great matinees.
A little rowdy, like a wine-spritzer crowd?
Yeah, we got all the drunk moms. It's lovely.
It's a mom musical. Come. It's great.
Now, I can't help but notice you right behind me.
This is my face.
It actually used to be all the way up there.
It was like three times the size.
So, in case anybody forgets...
Yeah. ...you're in the show.
Okay, so we don't have much time before you have to come
right back here to do your second show.
What's on the agenda for today?
We are going to get a bite to eat 'cause I'm starving.
We're gonna work out, and we're going to see
my dog, Cooper. Aw, I can't wait.
Yeah. Alright, that's a lot to fit in.
Well, it's all this way, so let's just start walking.
Where you lead, I will follow.
Alright. Sounds good.
Yeah, so, basically, they have everything
you could possibly want in here. I've been here.
Have you really? Drunk, late-night place.
They're open 24 hours. Yeah.
Don't get the buffet that late.
So beautiful out. Yeah, it's really nice.
Okay, so I'm gonna go grab Cooper.
Can you get a table around the corner?
Yeah, perfect. I'll hold your food.
Oh, yeah, thanks. Alright.
Alright, I'll be right back. See you in a sec.
Okay. This is Cooper.
[ Laughs ] Cooper! Hiya, buddy.
He was sleeping like five seconds ago. Oh, my God!
My day just got so much better.
Oh, yours too! Oh, get in there! Get in there.
Yours too! You gonna eat my dinner?
I love him already. We got him about a year ago.
Hiya, buddy. Exactly a year now.
You sit with me.
You sit, sit, sit. I know.
I'm gonna eat,
and maybe you can have a piece of chicken later
or something, only if Dad lets you.
I applied to Yale and Northwestern and...
Oh, my God. And Juilliard. ...all the schools.
And I didn't get in.
I thought I was gonna go one direction. Yeah.
And I ended up having, in the best way,
this incredible opportunity to go to Juilliard,
and I got an amazing scholarship. Yeah, Juilliard.
I haven't heard of that school, but...
It's a small, little school in New York City. Right.
Okay. You had to commit.
When I decided to go to Juilliard, I was like,
"Oh, this is gonna be my profession."
Like, I knew I was gonna pursue acting in some capacity,
but going to Juilliard, I was like,
"Oh, this is what I'm going to pursue as a career."
Yeah. I had other interests.
I had interests in politics and nonprofit work,
which I was able to do.
At Juilliard? At J-- Yeah.
So, I started two arts-based outreach programs.
We bring down Juilliard students to work
with middle and high school students in my hometown.
And then we started another program
called Arts Inside Out, which brings American artists,
pairs them with South African artists,
and they work with kids with HIV and their moms in South Africa.
Wow, that's beautiful.
So, then you moved to L.A. Yes.
And you got involved with "Heathers: The Musical" and...
Yeah, so [laughs] I got a phone call to audition
for a musical in L.A. called "Heathers."
And I had never seen the movie, didn't know what it was,
had no idea that it had this big cult following.
And then did you start producing on that show?
So how'd you get involved with that?
Putting together a team, fundraising,
and getting people passionate
about a project that you're passionate about --
like, this is all stuff I've done. Like, "I can do this."
Yeah, I've done this in, like, the nonprofit world.
Yeah. And it'd be a lot of fun to, like,
find investors in a project and not donors, right?
Right. Other people's money. Other people's money.
OPM. Everybody learn this. OPM -- other people's money.
Never spend your own money
when you can spend other people's money.
Okay, so that was great.
Yeah, but we don't have much time, so...
You got to put Cooper back. And I'm gonna go work out...
And I'm coming with you. ...with you.
Let's go. [ Laughs ] Alright. Cool.
Why did you think I was Canadian?
From what I've learned so far,
and I can't believe we haven't met each other
until this moment, but you're a hustler.
Yeah, I've been... I got really good at side gigs.
Yeah. So when I...
So, why? Why is that?
Well, when I was in college,
I started cleaning apartments.
And so, when I got my first job,
I got cast in a play at the old Globe. Yep.
I brought in some of my classmates to take over for me
'cause they needed a side job, so I started a cleaning company.
You became a madame. I kind of did.
You became a cleaning madame.
It was called CG Cleaners.
What did it stand for? Cute Guy Cleaners.
Ah, yes! [ Laughs ]
Have to play to your strengths. Cute Guy Cleaners.
So good. So, we had some, like, handsome actors
and dancers going around cleaning apartments
and doing handyman work. Amazing.
And it was really fun, but then I went out to L.A.,
and I started building furniture out of necessity
'cause I couldn't afford furniture or...
Such a dream husband. You're like,
"I need a table, so I'm gonna build a table."
So I'm gonna build it.
So, yeah, we're gonna meet a friend of mine
who I actually met at a commercial audition.
I don't usually like to work out with people, but he...
One, he's jacked, and he's really, really fun
to work out with. Okay.
-This is my buddy Bri. -I want one, too!
-Yeah, get in there! -Alright!
We like to work out in between shows.
Usually, when I need some motivation...
Great. So, we don't have that much time, so let's go work out.
And you're gonna teach us. Perfect.
It's like a bodybuilder gym.
I can tell. It's kind of like
a carry-the-gallon-of-water- around-with-you kind of place.
-Yes. -You know what I mean?
Why did you think I was Canadian?
So, what do you like about working out
between your matinee and evening shows?
Honestly, most people, like, think I'm crazy,
but it gives me way more energy for the second show.
This is 10.
How many we doing? 12.
Ugh! Almost there.
It's that second act. 12.
That wasn't so bad. No. See?
Not bad. A little warm-up.
-Whew! -You guys aren't playing.
No. This is how you get all swole like that.
That's how you get through that second show. Looking good.
Which, by the way -- you have to go do a second show right now.
I got to go. I'll see you later.
Bye, guys. See you.
Alright, Evan Todd. Uh-huh.
Favorite part of the show -- "60-Second Sandwich," "SSS."
Are you ready? I am ready.
One minute on the clock. You have to answer
as many questions as you can in the time given. Ooh!
What's, like, the max that someone's answered?
Uh..15, 16? Alright. I'm ready.
Okay. Here we go.
Instagram user katrinaeds1021 asks,
"How did you know you had to do theater?"
I was a gymnast, and then I wanted
to be in front of people. Hackstack wants to know,
"Ever tempted to walk out of the theater
with your costume on?" No.
Three -- Lyla Gene from Insta wants to know
what the most fascinating thing about theater is to you.
That you get to do it every night, over and over again.
Love that. Four -- elilovesbroadway says,
"'Bless you' is what you say when someone sneezes.
What do you say when someone coughs?"
Quinn Warden asked, "Does a massage between shows
make you feel better or too relaxed for your next show?"
Never done it, but I would like to.
Six -- when you see a show, do you like
to go in knowing about it or go in blind?
Blind. Seven -- best perk of your job.
Oh, my dresser.
Best advice you ever received?
Don't compare yourself to other people.
Everything will just make sense one day.
20 seconds left. Guilty pleasure?
11 -- what surprised you most about being a Broadway star?
That everyone's just really sweet.
12 -- hardest thing about being on Broadway.
10 seconds left. The schedule. The schedule.
Do you shower after every show?
No! [ Laughs ]
14 -- biggest pet peeve.
Going up on my lines.
Favorite Carole King song.
"The Boy I Love."
[ Buzzer sounds ] Time's up! 15!
Did I get 15?! You got 15! That was incredible.
I'm tied? You're tied.
Ugh. That's very, very good.
I don't know who you are... We got to get you back to the show.
...that I'm tied with, but I'm coming for you. Come on. Let's go.
Okay. Yeah. Let's do it. [ Laughs ]
Alright, so, this was your Broadway debut? Yeah.
What was your journey in getting this role?
Kind of crazy.
I had never done a musical professionally until "Heathers."
And so I was in L.A., got cast in "Heathers,"
came out here, and then suddenly people were like,
"Oh, you do musicals." I was like, "Oh, sure, yeah."
Oh, this is always fun to point out.
So, why don't you stand on four?
-Okay. -And I'll stand on six.
People don't really know about this --
obviously, they can't see it --
but that in the theater, we have numbers.
So it starts on zero, which is center,
and then it goes all the way out -- two, four,
six, eight in both directions, and this is all the way to 16,
and that's how actors know where to be onstage.
Ours is a pretty intimate theater, so it's small.
Yeah, it's nice and small.
Like, when you actually look out,
it doesn't feel like this massive...
Not a bad seat in the house. No, it's really nice.
Have there been any really funny audience reactions?
Oh, my gosh. Yeah.
Like, audience is always yelling things out.
Today was really sweet.
I came out in the hospital bed,
and a little girl went, "Oh, no!"
Aw, that's so sweet.
I was like, "Oh, no, no one's gonna die."
Kids are the best. They have no filter.
It was very sweet. Yeah.
One of the coolest moments is when I'm on the couch
and when she starts playing
"Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow."
♪ Tonight, you're mine
Like, the whole audience just gasps and...
Do they sing along?
Sometimes. My aunt actually asked me.
She's like, "Can I sing?" I was like, "No."
"No. Please don't."
Oh, I want to talk about the elephant --
I mean, the piano in the room,
which is the only prop onstage right now.
Yeah. Is it real? Is it not real?
Do you play it? Okay.
I feel like I'm gonna disappoint some people,
but this is theater. It's theater magic.
This is empty because it has to fly.
It has go off into the wings and actually go to the air.
Oh, right, and go up. Yeah, so it's empty.
So they took the guts out.
They took it all out, but they actually pump in...
There's speakers so that you can hear music
coming from the piano.
♪ Bum, bum, bum, bum, bum, bum, bum ♪
♪ Bum, bum, bum, bum, bum, bum, bum, bum ♪
♪ Bum, bum, bum, bum, bum ♪
That's beautiful. It's original.
[ Laughs ] Is it? Yeah.
And what's crazy was when Carole King came.
Every year at this time,
the Broadway and theatrical community from coast to coast
joins together to raise money for an amazing organization
called Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS.
[ Cheers and applause ]
[ Crowd screaming ]
I've been working up to coming. I haven't seen this show.
This is my first night. -Wow!
[ Cheering continues ]
'Cause she came here and played onstage.
It was very cool, and there's a moment in the show
at the very end where you're, like,
at Carnegie Hall, "Introducing Carole King!"
and this slides out, and the real Carole King
was on the piano playing the music.
She's an amazing, amazing woman. Love that.
Yeah, she's incredible. I love Carole King.
Do you want to go downstairs? I'd love to.
Show you my dressing room? Oh, cool.
Let's go. Alright.
♪ Tonight, the light
And it's one of the only theaters that's subterranean.
Yeah, I was just gonna say.
So, like, this is under the stage.
Right. And it's completely silent.
And this is my spot.
It's my dressing room. [ Gasps ]
It's so nice! Thanks!
Oh, my gosh. Come on in.
I mean, why am I not surprised? This is so nice.
Yeah, no, it's pretty sweet.
So now you've made it, made your Broadway debut
and you've been Tony-nominated as a producer.
It's good. What is next for Evan Todd?
I don't know, and I'm okay with that. Mm-hmm.
But what I would like to happen is,
I want to start producing...
Like I said, I've been a producer in terms of
bringing on financing to projects that already exist,
but I want to get behind a project
as a producer and really, like, develop it.
So you are open-minded,
but it sounds like you're gonna be a producer.
And perform, too, but... Well, I don't want to just...
I don't think anyone has to do just one thing, right?
If it's a project that I get cast in as an actor
that I believe in,
then I want to get behind it as a producer, or vice versa.
If it's a project that I believe in
that I want to make happen, I also want to be in it.
Well, I think they may not let me stay here during the show.
The dressers may kick me out.
Okay. That's fair.
But you do have to do a show. I do.
And I'm so grateful you spent time with me in between.
Oh, are we shaking hands? It was so nice to meet you, Evan Todd.
That's so formal. Give me a hug.
Alright, but actually get out, 'cause it takes me a little bit.
'Cause you got to get ready. Yeah.
Alright. This has been fun.
-See you later. -Alright. I'll see you.
-Bye, Evan. -Bye.
Why did you think I was Canadian?
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