The Final Five Quick Questions
with Cody Williams
JEFF: Now that you've settled in for what looks to be a long run at the Broadway Theatre, what is life like in your dressing room? Who do you share with? How cramped is it? What do you guys do to make it more like "home"? What are your pre-show rituals?
CODY: My dressing room situation is pretty fantastic. All of the ensemble guys share one large room, but our costumes never go up to it. Compared to my last show, we have three times the space! There is no point in the show that I have time to go upstairs, though. I make all of my changes in the quick change booth below the stage. Even my intermission is packed full with putting on the Raccoon unitard and wig. Pre-show rituals for me include taking a power nap before almost every show, and at half-hour, I go down to wing 3 (stage left) and warm up. It’s so nice to do my ballet barre while listening to the sounds of the forest.
|Walking into our dressing room|
for the very first time!
|Our dressing room looks out directly at The Late Show's|
stage door. Today's guest: Harrison Ford!
JEFF: One of the things I found interesting about this version of Cinderella is that it isn't so "girl-y." The family who sat in front of me had a little boy and a little girl in it, and both were equally enthralled throughout. What do you think it is about this production that makes it seem to have a broader appeal - to adults and children, boys and girls alike?
|A very cute Cinderella backstage|
JEFF: There are several sequences in the show that are, how do I describe it?...that are "athletic" - the opening scene, the chase sequences, etc. What was the preparation like for those scenes? I assume that as a dancer, you are called upon to use different techniques and muscle memory for those scenes versus the more traditional dancing in the ball scenes. Is this the case, and can you explain it for those of us who aren't dancers?
JEFF: You are featured, along with Andy Mills, prominently in one of the sequences. While I know that it has been extensively rehearsed, there is a feeling of spontaneity to it, not to mention several gasp-inducing moments, how do you and Andy make it look like the first time? And how are you prepared for any potential mishaps?
|Kevin Worley and I preparing for|
The Late Show
JEFF: What is your favorite scene/part of the show that you are in? Now that the show is running, how has it been rehearsing for the roles of Topher and Jean-Michel? Are you looking forward to the chance to go on and/or how scary is the prospect?
LEFT: Santino Fontana's dressing room is where the party's at on Sundays, post-show
RIGHT: Laura Osnes filming her "Princess Diaries" blog for Broadway.com
OK, Cody, before you go... here are a few questions from my readers!
1. What is something about the cast (or certain cast members) of Cinderella that you think audiences would be surprised to know?
CODY: I think they would be surprised to learn my name is Andy Jones. Thanks broadway.com! (For anyone who doesn’t know, Nick Spangler won The Amazing Race. That’s pretty freaking cool!)
2. If you could be in any Broadway musical past or present what would it be, and why?
CODY: Oh man that is a hard one! There are so many I would have loved to have taken part. I wish I could have played the role of Investor in the original cast of Wicked ;) In seriousness, I think I would pick to be part of the original cast of Oklahoma! It is so much fun to perform, and I would have worked with Rodgers and Hammerstein as they were just starting out, doing such an inspiring, patriotic show while we were in the middle of WWII.
3. Is it difficult to keep a Broadway work schedule and have a girlfriend? (BTW, she's very pretty!)
CODY: It is if the girl works a 9 to 5, but fortunately I don’t have that problem. And thanks!
4. If TMZ brought their cameras backstage to do a [segment] on you, what would they find out?
CODY: They would learn that I eat all of the chocolate in the wig room and that I make my dresser Michael buckle over laughing at least once a show.
|I met another Cody Williams!|
5. Mounds or Almond Joy? Plain or Peanut M and M's? Favorite Schmackery's cookie flavor?
COMING SOON: 5 Quick Questions with Wicked (Tour) and Spider-Man's BRANDAN RUBENDALL!
(Photos and captions by Cody Williams)