It’s hard to believe that vampire Bill Compton would love nothing more than to star in musicals. But in fact, True Blood’s Stephen Moyer will soon be appearing at the Hollywood Bowl in a production of Chicago.
The actor was cast in the show because conductor Rob Fisher (who led the 1996 Broadway revival) is a huge fan of Moyer’s HBO show. Moyer appeared in a scene in True Blood playing the piano, and “I think [Fisher] got it into his mind that I would play Billy Flynn.”
It might be surprising to some that Moyer has a musical theater background. “I did something like 62 musicals by the time I was 18,” he said in an interview with The Los Angeles Times. “I had only done musicals [up to the point where I started a theater company.] Growing up, there was nowhere near me to do plays. So I set up my own theater company with friends and started directing. I ran that for quite awhile.”
Moyer admits his dream role would be Sweeney Todd. “It’s my favorite musical—I have done a couple of productions of it but not playing Sweeney.” He would love to follow up that show with La Cage aux Folles. “Wouldn’t it be great to do Sweeney Todd and La Cage in repertory?” he said, confessing he’d love to play Zaza.
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