Meet Anthony R. Johnson, who is the Emcee for 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?
ARJ: I directed one-third of Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite in 2009.
LA: What does Lyric Arts mean to you as a performer?
ARJ: Lyric Arts is such an incredible place because of the people you get to work with. Working with so many extremely talented artist in such a professional setting has really challenged me to grow as a performer and a director.
LA: Best part about being in a show at Lyric Arts?
ARJ: The quality of what we are able to put on the stage. As both a performer and an audience member, I am always amazed at how great every Lyric Arts production is. And that’s because of the passion that all of the performers and staff bring to every show.
LA: Talk about your fellow cast members, how do you see their performance developing? Any that you are particularly amazed at?
ARJ: The dancing. I have to left feet, so when I see all of these incredible dancers up there, some of whom have very little dance experience, I am in awe. They are working so hard to make everything look so easy.
LA: Without giving too much away what do you feel are the "wow" elements of the Cabaret Fundraiser?
ARJ: There are a couple of big musical numbers that will be unlike anything that’s been seen before on the Lyric Arts Stage.
LA: What three words best describe Lyric Arts?
ARJ: Inspiring, Enchanting, invigorating
LA: What would be your dream show that you would love to see produced on the Main Street Stage?
ARJ: I have always loved the musical Chess and I really think the raked seating at Lyric Arts would give you the opportunity to do something really unique and special with that show in that space.
LA: What has been your favorite experience at Lyric Arts?
ARJ: Emceeing the Cabaret for the last few years has been a blast, but working with Scott Ford on Doubt in 2009 was one of the most meaningful artistic experiences I have ever had.
LA: Please tell us a little bit about yourself?
ARJ: By day I write jokes and make games for the backs of cereal boxes, by night I make jokes and play games with my two adorable daughters and every once and awhile I get the chance to take on the role of “actor”…but mostly I just like hanging out with my kids.