By Matthew Blank
31 Jul 2012
He has appeared Off-Broadway in The Fantasticks (El Gallo), The Most Happy Fella (Joey/New York City Opera) and Yank! (Mitch/NYMTF).
Regional work includes the title role in Zhivago (La Jolla Playhouse), Sweeney Todd (Anthony/5th Ave. Theatre), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Proteus/Baltimore CenterStage), Señor Discretion Himself (Martin/Arena Stage) and Carousel (Billy/PCPA).
Film/TV: "Lipstick Jungle," "Chapelle's Show," "As the World Turns," "One Life to Live," "Guiding Light," "Watching and Waiting."
|Full given name:||Ivan Rafael Hernandez|
|Where you were born/where you were raised:||San Francisco, CA|
|What your parents did/do for a living:||Both San Francisco City bus drivers. Dad’s retired now though.|
|Siblings:||2 younger brothers, Francisco and David|
|Current audition song/monologue:||Usually "Marta" from Kiss of the Spider Woman or "With or Without" You by U2|
|Special skills:||I’m a pretty damn good soccer player.|
|Something you're REALLY bad at:||Dancing! Takes me forever to learn steps.|
|First Broadway show you ever saw:||Death of a Salesman with Brian Dennehy. I was in the back row and I was still bawling.|
|Did you have any particular mentors or inspirations when first starting out?||Two of my professors at San Diego State, Rick Simas and Paula Kalustian. They ran the MFA program for musical theatre there and they also taught some undergrad and directed the musicals. Paula was very kind and encouraging to me and Rick would yell at me if I didn’t work hard enough. I was lucky to have both of them!|
|If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be?||The original Sweeney Todd to see Len Cariou and A Streetcar Named Desire to see Brando.|
|Current or recent show you recommended to friends:||Well I have 4-year-old and 1-year-old girls so I haven’t see anything in awhile. But I myself would like to see One Man, Two Guvnors and Porgy and Bess.|
|Favorite showtune(s) of all time:||"You Got Trouble" from Music Man, "Epiphany" from Sweeney Todd, "And I Am Telling You" from Dreamgirls, "Measure the Valley" from Raison, "All the Wasted Time" from Parade, "Who Am I?" from Les Miz|
|Some favorite modern musicals:||Floyd Collins, Spring Awakening, Hello Again, Passing Strange|
|Some favorite classic musicals:||Almost all Sondheim but especially Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park With George and Assassins. Also West Side Story which has probably the prettiest score ever.|
|Your personal vocal idols, living or dead:||
Pavarotti, Bernadette Peters, Sinatra, Chris Cornel, Eddie Vedder, Robert Plant, Betty Buckley, Patti LuPone, Len Cariou, Michael Rupert, Brian Stokes Mitchell.
And now that I’ve heard Chip Zien singing the Mysterious Man from Into the Woods, I have to include him too!
|The one performance — attended — that you will never forget:||Brian Dennehy in Salesman and Liam Nieson in The Crucible.|
|Music that makes you cry, any genre:||Barber's "Adagio for Strings" conducted by Leonard Bernstein....|
|MAC or PC?||I have a PC but I usually use my wife's MAC, and I am now coveting an iPad.|
|Most played song on your iPod:||Right now it would be "Shake it Out" by Florence and the Machine and the live version of "England" by The National.|
|Most-visited websites:||NYTimes, Playbill and sanfranciscogiants.com|
|Last book you read:||"Freedom" by Jonathen Franzen|
|Must-see TV show(s):||"Mad Men" and "Parenthood," although "Smash" has become a guilty pleasure.|
|Last good movie you saw:||Can't remember the last time I saw a movie in a theatre! The last one I remember that I really liked was "The Social Network." And "Bridesmaids"!|
|Some films you consider classics:||
"Hannah and Her Sisters"
"The English Patient"
"On the Waterfront"
"Terms of Endearment"
"The Color Purple"
"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
|Performer you would drop everything to go see:||Page and Plant if they ever perform together again! Pearl Jam and maybe Nine Inch Nails and Audioslave if they ever played together again.|
|Pop culture guilty pleasure:||"Smash," if that counts.|
|Favorite cities:||San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles|
|Favorite sport/team/player:||Baseball, SF Giants. I went to my first game when I was 8 with my dad.|
|First CD/Tape/LP you owned:||It was actually a recording of "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns and Roses|
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