Alex Gaumond of the West End production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels talked to The Pickwyck about his role as Freddy Benson, avoiding the Trunchbull curse and working with Queen in this new interview!
Your professional debut was in the Philippines performing in "Miss Saigon," from there you went on to perform in Hong Kong and Singapore. How does the theatre scene differ in those places versus the West End in London (besides the obvious geographical difference)?
If you could star in your choice of show, who would you want as your costar and why?
What are you most passionate about in your own life?
Who would you want to be your "Freaky Friday"?
What is your favorite book?
What are some of your guilty pleasures? (Television shows, junk food, etc?)
What has been your most embarrassing moment onstage?
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Where did you grow up? Were you brought up in a musical or theatrical
What was your first memory of theatre?
You seem like a very hard working and adventurous actor who is willing to tackle any role. What is one role that you want to play? What would you like to try in future projects?
What is a role that you would like to play, regardless of gender?
You have been in several comedic productions ("Matilda," "The Full Monty" and now, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"). Do you prefer this genre over others?
What has been your favorite role to date and why? How about the most difficult?
You played the lead role in "We Will Rock You." What was it like working in that production, and with Queen? Any fun memories?
You will be portraying Freddy Benson in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels." As you know, he is quite the character. Do you feel any sort of connection to Freddy? Any similarities between the two of you?
Several actors who have portrayed the legendary Miss.Trunchbull in the musical "Matilda" have injured themselves in some way during their runs. Have you fallen victim to the "Trunchbull Curse" during your time in the show?
Would you ever want to do a show on Broadway?
What are some upcoming projects that you are excited about?