Everyone who is lucky enough to get a ticket to Dear Evan Hansen is moved to the core by the show…and utterly delighted by Will Roland. Will, snarking his way into the heart of every audience member, plays Jared Kleiman, Evan’s schoolmate and best friend-of-convenience. Before this, he appeared in Black Suits at Barrington Stage, The Bus at 59E59 and Academia Nuts! at NYMF. The future is looking bright for one Mr. Roland and we are honored to be able to say “we knew him when he was On the Couch.”
What do you consider to be your best asset?
My glasses and funny teeth. They’re a branding asset, fo sho.
What was your proudest moment?
First Broadway performance of Dear Evan Hansen (easy, kinda corny, but true)
What is your favorite drink?
Definitely couldn’t pick. But I love tasty new ideas involving Bourbon.
What is your favorite food?
Deviled eggs, and key lime pie (not necessarily together).
What is your favorite condiment?
What is your current obsession?
Pixel Dungeon (Probably the most addictive game I’ve ever played).
If you could give up one of your vices, what would it be?
Double Quarter Pounders with Cheese.
What is the one professional accomplishment you long for
A solo! 😉
What is the one thing you waste too much money on?
What is the one activity you waste too much time doing?
What do you consider to be the single greatest threat to your
The communists are putting fluoride in the water to steal our essence.
What is the single best trait you inherited or learned from your
Bill Roland has some real hustle. And Beth Roland loves unconditionally.
What is the single worst trait you inherited or learned from your
We are brash and extravagant people.
What in the world most thrills you?
Singing! And fishing!
What current trend in popular culture most irritates you?
People take themselves WAY too seriously.
What was the single most embarrassing moment you’ve ever
experienced on the job?
I tore the crotch out of my pants while rehearsing Sincerely, Me in November. That was fun.
What is your favorite place in the world?
The West Village.
What is the most important trait you seek in a romantic partner?
She must enjoy delicious food (and she does!).
Do you prefer the company of dogs or cats?
What would have to happen to make today the best day of your
The ghost of Jerry Orbach would call me up and say he wants to be my friend.
What is your personal motto?
Work hard and be nice to everybody.