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Interview with Kirk McDonald

NR: You did the tour of Rent. I know they have a lot of really dedicated fans.

KM: Oh, yeah.

NR: Did that prepare you for the League, or are they different?

KM: It's similar in a way and it's different in a way. The majority of the Rent groupies are really young, so they bring that kind of "young devotion" to it. You know, that intensity that you attach to things when you're young. I think the main difference is the age difference. The majority of the League is just, just...

NR: (laughing) My age.

KM: (laughing) No, not your age, but older. They approach things differently.

NR: Actually, the League is really made up of people from all age groups.

KM: Yeah, but I would say the average age is older than the Rent groupies. They just sort of approach things in a different manner.

NR: Had you heard about them before you got here?

KM: Yeah. Wasn't there an article in the Times? I remember reading something like that. Or maybe that was about the Jekkies.

NR: I think it was more the Jekkies. They're a completely different group.

KM: Is it really?

NR: It's a totally different show. The only thing they have in common is Frank Wildhorn's music. It's a very different story.

(At this point, Harvey Evans, who was due to be interviewed next, started sneaking up on us. Kirk laughed and said, "He's trying to distract me. He's my dressing room mate. I have to deal with this on a daily basis. No cheating, Harvey. You can't steal my answers.")

NR: Would you consider doing the tours?

KM: Yeah!

NR: Is that for Pimpernel or Parade?

KM: It's so funny because so many people ask both questions and no offers have gone out for either. But, sure. I just want to work.

NR: Just for the heck of it, if you were offered both, which would you rather do?

KM: The Parade one doesn't start until May or June so I could possibly do both. I don't like making choices. I like the choices being made for me.

NR: What other interests do you have, other than this?

KM: I read a lot. That's about it. I'm sort of a boring person.

NR: Where would you like your career to go in the future?

KM: Again, there are people who want to go into TV and film. Some of my friends want to be stars. To me, I just want to work - like Harvey. He's amazing. He's become one of my closest friends in the cast. I think that's his mentality to a certain degree. He'll say, "I don't care. I just want to work." I think that's one of the best mentalities to have.

NR: That's great. Oh, one totally "out of the blue" question for you. Somebody wanted me to ask you if you know when the sheet music for Parade is coming out.

KM: I don't. Somebody grabbed me at the Broadway Flea Market and told me it was coming out before the end of the year, but that's just hearsay from somebody else saying that.

NR: OK. Well, thanks a lot.

KM: You're welcome.

Not many people can say that very early in their theatrical career they did two Broadway shows back to back, but Kirk has done just that. He's so grateful to be given those opportunities, and I'm sure there will be many more in the future. I wish him the best of luck.

Questions suggested by:

Gillian Girvin, karen, Amy D. Shaw, Amy Taylor, Jimbo Diego, esther, Leona Hoegsberg, Courtney Beard, Emily Townsend, Joanna Bell, Kim Wallace, Lindsay Ribar, Stephanie C., Lois and Elizabeth Colpo, Amy Lovett, Laura Cutler, Vi Janaway, Cosette Pontmercy, Chris Miller, Stephanie Henkin, Anne Teitelbaum, CJL, Emily Friedman, Jan Combopiano

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Interview conducted and photographs by Nancy Rosati.

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