Five Burning Questions with Fiddler on the Roof Star Ben Rappaport
May 31st, 2016
by Josh Ferri
After making his Broadway debut in Picnic, Ben Rappaport makes his musical debut this season as the passionate and charming revolutionary Perchik in Bart Sher's Tony-nominated revival of Fiddler on the Roof. BroadwayBox caught up with the master Dubsmasher to talk about Fiddler, his high-profile TV gigs, and his Siberia survival kit.
1. You’ve been banished to Siberia; what are three things you have to have with you?
A bottle of Sriracha, my DVD of Waiting For Guffman and an English bulldog.
2. It’s safe to say, Perchik is Fiddler’s most passionate character. What are you super passionate about outside of performing?
Food! And, on a more serious note, the importance of arts education in public schools.
3. Which lawyer from The Good Wife's Lockhart/Gardner would you want defending you and why?
Diane Lockhart all the way. Maybe it's because Christine Baranski and I are fellow Juilliard alums, but her voice and speech work in the courtroom would be clear and impeccable. So good, it would win over any jury.
4. What was Ollie Parker’s best quality on Mr. Robot (did he have one)?
'Did he have one' indeed... I would say that one of the best parts of playing him is this juxtaposition of a bro-ey, misguided point of view with a sweetness and genuine naivety. He just wants to be liked and to 'fit in'.
5. Love that you and your fiancé Meg are such big theatre nerds. What’s the dream project to do together?
We've always talked about Oklahoma, but I'd be Curly and she'd be Ado Annie, so we wouldn't be opposite each other. Lately, we've been saying Seymour and Audrey in Little Shop.
See Ben Rappaport shake up the status quo in Anatevka in 'Fiddler on the Roof' at the Broadway Theatre.