New Jersey native Steel Burkhardt can currently be seen shaking his long, beautiful hair (which is real!) on stage every night at the St. James as Berger in the current “Summer of Love” run of the Tony Award-winning revival of HAIR. Steel has been with the Tribe since the show debuted in Central Park in 2007 and has been helping HAIR spread peace and love ever since. Find out what makes him tick when we put him on the couch!
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Q: What do you consider to be your best asset?
A: At this moment I would consider that to be my hair, it's the one thing that I get compliments on the most.
Q: What was your proudest moment?
A: Marching with the Cast of Hair on the Washington Mall for Equal Rights.
Q: What is your favorite drink?
A: Mug Root Beer has to be my only and favorite soda
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Eggs… breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Q: What is your favorite condiment?
A: Mustard… the spicier the better! Oh, Dijon!
Q: What is your current obsession?
A: My Kindle! I know, I have arguments with people about how they would miss the tangible feel of a real book, but don't knock it till you try it.
Q: If you could give up one of your vices, what would it be?
A: I already gave up Mug Root Beer, how much does a guy gotta give?
Q: What is the one professional accomplishment you long for most?
A: To perform at the Met
Q: What is the one thing you waste too much money on?
A: Food, but I don't think its a waste, it's delicious!
Q: What is the one activity you waste too much time doing?
A: Watching Lord of the Rings Trilogy and the Harry Potter series over and over again. I just can't get enough!
Q: What do you consider to be the single greatest threat to your health?
Q: What is the single best trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
A: My father's patience and my mother's need to talk it out.
Q: What is the single worst trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
A: My indecisiveness
Q: What in the world most thrills you?
A: Good company with good food and a bottle of scotch.
Q: What current trend in popular culture most irritates you?
A: Famous reality TV stars with no talent
Q: What was the single most embarrassing moment you've ever experienced on the job?
A: I jumped over the draft card can knocking it over and sliced my foot open and sprained two toes… I was so pissed at myself.
Q: What is your favorite place in the world?
A: Colorado Mountains.
Q: What is the most important trait you seek in a romantic partner?
A: Someone who allows me to be myself and understands my personality.
Q: Do you prefer the company of dogs or cats?
Dogs: playful and fun and much more responsibility, although I do love cats.
Q: What would have to happen to make today the best day of your life?
A: Go have a pint at the Green Dragon in the Shire with Samwise, Frodo, Merry and Pippin!
Q: What is your personal motto?
A: Bring it! (Thanks Tony Horton)