It’s a difficult thing to hone the craft of musical theatre. Jim Walton, I think it’s safe to say, has done it, and done it damn well. Best known for his role as Franklin Shepard in Merrily We Along, Jim has appeared in other Sondheim classics such as Follies and Sweeney Todd, as well as On the Twentieth Century and She Loves Me, both at Roundabout Theatre. This season, Mr. Walton performs beside Glenn Close in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard. We are thrilled to have this Broadway staple On the Couch!
What do you consider to be your best asset?
A sense of humor.
What was your proudest moment?
The birth of my daughter, Tyler.
What is your favorite drink?
What is your favorite food?
Seafood and vegetables.
What is your favorite condiment?
Thai peanut sauce.
What is your current obsession?
I’m not really obsessed with anything, thankfully. When I’m writing a song, I feel obsessed with the process.
If you could give up one of your vices, what would it be?
Drinking alcohol (though it’s said it’s healthy to have one drink a day).
What is the one professional accomplishment you long for
Greater fearlessness at work.
What is the one thing you waste too much money on?
What is the one activity you waste too much time doing?
Working on projects that aren’t challenging or fulfilling.
What do you consider to be the single greatest threat to your health?
What is the single best trait you inherited or learned from your
What is the single worst trait you inherited or learned from your
What in the world most thrills you?
What current trend in popular culture most irritates you?
Excessive smartphone use.
What was the single most embarrassing moment you’ve ever experienced on the job?
The time I hurled a somewhat heavy prop towards the wings, to watch it bounce on the floor and into the audience, where it struck a woman in the audience in the face.
What is your favorite place in the world?
What is the most important trait you seek in a romantic partner?
Do you prefer the company of dogs or cats?
What would have to happen to make today the best day of your life?
To discover the true purpose of my existence.
What is your personal motto?
‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’