Five Burning Questions with Curious Incident Star Tyler Lea
June 22nd, 2016
by Josh Ferri
Time is running out to see Tyler Lea's spectacular debut performance as ASD British teen Christopher Boone in the Tony & Olivier Award-winning Best Play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. BroadwayBox caught up with the mega-talent to talk about his Curious run, what's next, and his passion for marching band.
1. What has Curious really taught you about yourself, personally and professionally?
Personally, Curious has been a huge journey of self discovery and learning what I am really capable of. Christopher inspires me every day. Sometimes I start the play wondering how I am going to live up to the challenge but by the end I am reminded of the power of Christopher's story and how he proves to us every night that anything is possible. Professionally, I've started to realize the difference between subtly and intensity. The difference between really living in a moment vs contriving it into something I want it to be instead of what it really is.
2. What’s the first thing you do when you get to the Barrymore?
Well, the Christopher answer would be that I ring the stage door buzzer to be let in. But after that I definitely have to shave. The very first step of playing a convincing 15 year old.
3. Tell me something people don’t know about marching band, or a common misconception?
I LOVE marching band! I specifically love Drum Corps. I think a common misconception is that it isn't athletic. If you go to DCI.org you will see that it is absolutely as much of a sport as any other.
4. What theatrical performance have you seen that will stay with you forever?
I saw Cats for the first time in London with Nicole Scherzinger. In the song "Memory", the moment I think everyone who knows the show looks forward to is one I will always remember. I have never actually been blown back in back in my seat by such a powerful voice. It was a full body experience I will never forget.
5. What’s on your fall bucket list once the show is over?
The first thing I want to do is go home to NC for a visit. I haven't been back now for over a year. Then maybe go somewhere tropical and just chill out on a beach or go hiking through a rain forest. Not sure where to go yet. I should start planning that soon.
Get yourself to Broadway's Barrymore Theatre before September 4 to see Tyler Lea in 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'.