Bobby Cannavale is on the cover of this week's issue of Backstage! In the story, Cannavale talks about starring in Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway revival of "The Big Knife" and why he loves New York theater.
Here's a sneak peak of the story, which will be on newsstands and online tomorrow. Cannavale shares his first stage experiences and what he learned from them.
First Play He Saw: “Danny and the Deep Blue Sea”
“I remember that was the first time I thought, ‘Oh, you can actually terrify people in the theater.’ I was terrified. I didn’t know. I all of a sudden was worried that I wasn’t going to get out of here. I thought this guy was going to kill all of us. I remember being so afraid. Not afraid like I can’t watch but like, I was breathless in anticipation of what was going to happen next. It was so immediate and so desperate. It changed my whole view of what acting could be. I’ll never forget that.”
First Musical He Saw: “Evita”
“I begged my mother to take me to see ‘Evita’ because back then they’d have commercials on television way more than they do now for Broadway shows. The commercial for ‘Evita’ was fucking awesome. It was Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, and you know, I grew up in a Spanish-speaking home, and I remember thinking I wanted to see it because Mandy Patinkin was this Latin guy. I was like, ‘I gotta go see—there’s a Latin guy on Broadway!’ I know Mandy Patinkin now. It’s hilarious that I thought he was like Puerto Rican. He’s so not.”