Jose Llana talked to the Pickwyck about his newest role in The King and I, starting July 14th on Broadway at the Lincoln Center, his earliest memory of music and the transformative moment in his career.
Tell us about your first theater and/or music experience or earliest memory of it. What or who inspired you to perform? Do you have a creative family as well?
What was your first car and your first job?
What is your favorite movie, book, TV show?
Tell us about your educational experiences at Manhattan School of Music and/or beyond.
What initially attracts you to a role, as an artist?
Was there an experience working in the theater thus far that stands out to you as a transformative moment in your career?
What advice has been invaluable to you and you would like to impart on aspiring artists?
Congratulations on your new role as The King of Siam in The King and I! You have previous experience with this show in 1996 revival as Lun Tha, how does it feel to revisit this Rodgers and Hammerstein masterpiece?
This theater season has been an incredibly diverse. What does diversity in theater mean to you in terms of subject matter and casting? In your opinion, what hopes do you have for the future of Broadway?
What is your favorite New York spot (food, hangout, etc)?