Meet Kerry Fager, who is performing in Another Lyric Arts Salute to Broadway Shows We Can’t Afford to Produce. Read on to learn about what his favorite part of the Cabaret is and why he loves Lyric Arts so much. LA: What was the first show you were involved with at Lyric Arts and what was your role?
KF: I played Benjamin in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
LA: What does Lyric Arts mean to you as a performer?
KF: Lyric Arts feels like me home. Because in essence I received my first role in the “outside” theatre world at Lyric Arts, I will always feel like I have a tie to it.
LA: Best part about being in a show at Lyric Arts?
KF: The intimate setting. I have never performed in a venue like Lyric Arts. Where else do you not have to worry about where your seat is because there is not a bad seat in the house? And as a performer, it’s very exhilarating to feed off of audience energy when it’s so close to you while on the stage.
LA: Talk about your fellow cast members, how do you see their performance developing? Any that you are particularly amazed at?
KF:With a much smaller group of performers than I’ve ever worked with in any musical, it’s been great getting to learn from them on a deeper level. This cast is talented enough that an area of performing for a given individual that might not be a primary strength is still top-notch. That being said, I don’t think there’s anything Tommy Benson isn’t good at.
LA: Without giving too much away what do you feel are the "wow" elements of the Cabaret Fundraiser? KF: The variety of the show. You name it, we do it. The musical numbers range from quintessential “showy” tunes, to gritty, authentic, heartfelt songs. Plus the comedic element of our wonderful hosts gives you a break when you’re out of breath from watching all the dancing!
LA: What three words best describe Lyric Arts?
KF: Authentic, intimate style.
LA: What would be your dream show that you would love to see produced on the Main Street Stage?
KF: West Side Story!
LA: What has been your favorite experience at Lyric Arts?
KF: I think I would have to say this Cabaret Fundraiser. Being surrounded by some of the most talented performers to hit the stage in recent years has helped me grow as a performer. Also, the content of this year’s show is pretty tough to beat!
LA: Please tell us a little bit about yourself?
KF:I’m a dancer-turned-business-grad-turned-back-to-performer. I have a full-time job in internet marketing, but like to shake things up a bit by performing onstage. I have six siblings, and I just became an uncle for the first time – that’s quite exciting.