You’re A Big Deal: Jake Epstein of Broadway’s “Spiderman, Turn Off The Dark”
Exclusive WBD interview with Jake Epstein.
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
WBD: What sparked your interest in musical theatre and how did you get started?
I guess what sparked my interest was seeing my first Broadway show when I was 9. My parents drove my sister and I down to New York to see Big: The Musical- which apparently was considered a huge flop at the time. To me, this was the greatest thing I had ever seen! Ever since then, I wanted to get the chance to do music theatre.
WBD: What has been your most memorable moment on stage?
When I joined the Spring Awakening national tour (playing Melchior) and got to open the show at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. It’s just such an unbelievably historic and beautiful theater and starring in that show was such a dream come true for me.
WBD: Who are your biggest broadway influences?
Norbert Leo Butz, Michael Cerveris, Michael Mayer.
WBD: What is your favourite character you’ve played on stage or on screen?
My favourite character I’ve played would have to be Craig Manning on Degrassi: The Next Generation. I was on the show for 5 seasons and got the chance to really flesh out this guy that felt like a darker extension of me.
WBD: Tell us one of the coolest things that’s happened in your career so far
I would have to say getting to play Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark on Broadway feels like one of the coolest things!
WBD: How does it feel to be the new Peter Parker in “Spiderman Turn Of The Dark”?
The past 5 weeks have been an intense whirlwind of excitement, anxiety, hard work, and muscle/body training… I feel like I haven’t fully processed everything that’s happened. I do feel incredibly grateful though.
WBD: Who would you love to work with and why?
I would love the chance to work at the Stratford Festival one day. The quality of the work and the level of talent is always excellent. I also graduated from a formal theatre school, and crave the opportunity to flex those muscles again and perform the classics.
WBD: What advice do you have for aspiring broadway stars?
For aspiring broadway stars my advice would be to remember that there is SO much competition, and so much out of your control. The only thing you can do is put out good work, and trust that good quality of work is what’s going to get you there. Everything else is out of your hands!
WBD's Fun Five
with Jake Epstein
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live and why?Montreal- great culture, great bars, great music scene and smoked meat!
If I gave you $20 to spend on anything right now, what would it be?I’d go see a movie.
Tell us something about yourself that would surprise people.I’m amazing at Ping-Pong.
What advice would you give to your 15 year old self?Wow good question… I’d say that every experience you will have is going to be what it is - it’s not ‘supposed’ to be easy, it’s not supposed to be anything other than what it is. And that’s okay.
One guilty pleasure you aren't willing to give up?COFFEE.
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