STAGE VIEWS: Silence! The Musical Star Stephen Hanna

By Andrew Gans
November 3, 2012

Playbill.com's series features actors commenting on their recent theatregoing experiences, what productions they are looking forward to and more. Here, via email, we hear from Stephen Hanna, who co-stars in Off-Broadway's Silence! The Musical, winner of the 2012 Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Musical, at the Elektra Theatre.



What show recently impressed you?
It was Ethan Stiefel's retirement performance. He danced the slave in American Ballet Theatre's Le Corsaire. It was sad that it was his final performance, but it was so great to see him kick some butt one last time. It's always great to be reminded by a performer of your love for what you do.

What production are you most excited to see?
I really want to see Grace. I am a huge fan of Michael Shannon and look forward to seeing his performance, as well as the play.

What play/musical would you most like to revive on Broadway, and which role would you want to play?
I would love to play Don Lockwood in Singin' in the Rain. Or Peter Evans in the play Bug by Tracy Letts. I didn't see it when it played Off-Broadway and have always wanted to.

What are your current/upcoming projects?
I am currently playing Dream Lecter in Silence! The Musical. It is the silliest I have ever been on stage. It's so much fun! Not sure what's next, but I look forward to it and new beginnings!

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Stephen Hanna played Older Billy in the original Broadway cast of Billy Elliot and starred as Sid in the national tour of Come Fly Away. He joined New York City Ballet in 1997, and in 2005 was promoted to the rank of principal dancer. Read more about him in the Playbill Vault.