Tony Award nominee Rick Elice (Jersey Boys) brings a company of twelve actors that play more than a hundred unforgettable characters on a journey to answer the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up? Peter and the Starcatcher is Rick’s latest work on Broadway, but we bring him On The Couch to dish about his latest obsessions.
Q: What do you consider to be your best asset?
My typing speed. Fifty weirds a mintue. (Accuracy not included)
Q: What was your proudest moment?
Being asked to join the curtain call on opening night of Peter and the Starcatcher.
Q: What is your favorite drink?
In 2004, Des McAnuff turned me on to Bombay Sapphire Martinis. I’ve been slurring my words ever since.
Q: What is your favorite food?
I’m currently on the Zone diet, so I don’t understand the question.
Q: What is your favorite condiment?
In the old days, I used to love putting pizza on almost everything. That’s why I’m currently on the Zone diet.
Q: What is your current obsession?
Q: If you could give up one of your vices, what would it be?
Stalking Celia Keenan-Bolger
Q: What is the one professional accomplishment you long for most?
To get the right words in the right order and nudge the world a little.
Q: What is the one thing you waste too much money on?
Paper towels. Have you seen those prices?
Q: What is the one activity you waste too much time doing?
Emails. Just like you.
Q: What do you consider to be the single greatest threat to your health?
Emails. Just like you.
Q: What is the single best trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
An appreciation of sentiment.
Q: What is the single worst trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
A fetish for doing laundry.
Q: What in the world most thrills you?
The rush of wanting to share everything all at once with a new friend.
Q: What current trend in popular culture most irritates you?
Q: What was the most embarrassing moment you've ever experienced on the job?
I got dragged down Broadway by Rudolf Nureyev’s limo, trying to get him to approve a commercial.
Q: What is your favorite place in the world?
My sofa at sunrise, with the paper in my lap and the room glowing yellow.
Q: What is the most important trait you seek in a romantic partner?
That he be a really good director.
Q: Do you prefer the company of dogs or cats?
Dogs, please. I’m terribly allergic to … (a-CHOO!)
Q: What would have to happen to make today the best day of your life?
I dunno, it’s already pretty great. I get to work on Broadway.
Q: What is your personal motto?
“’Tis good to be busy.”