PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Emmy Award Winner Michael Park of Broadway's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

By Matthew Blank
22 Jan 2013

Music that makes you cry, any genre: I have two daughters so "Butterfly Kisses" always gets me.
Your personal acting idols: Not to sound stupid, but the people I work with everyday.
MAC or PC? MAC... come on!!
Most played song on your iPod: "Fresh Ground" from my buddy Jesse Lenat
Last book you read: I'm currently reading "Far From The Tree" by Andrew Solomon. An investigation of how some children don't share the same recessive genes and/or influences with his or her progenitors.
Must-see TV show(s): "Game of Thrones"
"Downton Abby"
"The Newsroom"
Some films you consider classics: "The Shawshank Redemption"
"It's a Wonderful Life"
"The Big Lebowski"
Performer you would drop everything to go see: My twelve-year-old daughter Kathleen
Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: I was Conrad Birdie in high school.... and I was awful.
Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: When I was awful as Conrad Birdie in high school.
Favorite pre-/post- show meal: Gotta love Chicken Bar (on 8th and 45th). Nothing fancy just a #1 with a Diet Coke.
Favorite liquid refreshment: Scotch and Guinness. What?
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: Too many to pick just one... but hey, mistakes provide opportunity, if not for you, then for your mates to goof on you.
What drew you to this project? Aside from the fact that this is my first Broadway play, it was Rob Ashford and his vision that drew me to this.
How did you research for this performance? It is scary to turn the microscope on yourself sometimes. Unlike Gooper I was the second born in my family. My older brother, in the made up story in my head, was always the more favored.

While I don't nearly resent him as much as Gooper does Brick, I found if I could tap into those bitter/paranoid moments of my youth it may lead me somewhere.

Most challenging role you have played onstage: Doing it right now!
Any side projects or upcoming work you can talk about? Shortly after this show closes I'll be in rehearsal for Tuck Everlasting, which is slated to open in Boston this spring.
Something about you that surprises people: I was a graphic design/art major in college. I don't know... is that surprising?
Career you would want if not a performer: I always wondered what it would be like to be a mounted police officer in NYC. Protecting people and looking mad cool at the same time!
Three things you can't live without: My family, music and coffee
Words of advice for aspiring performers: Be patient, stay curious and never stop working. It's an incredible ride! You never know where this business will take you, but if you give up, you never really wanted to know.