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Meet Broadway’s newest star – Christopher J. Hanke. In his short career, he’s performed in stage productions of “The Full Monty,” “Rent,” “Hair” and “Cry-Baby” and he’s currently co-starring in one of the biggest Broadway hits of 2011, “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying” at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. The musical revival features Christopher J. Hanke as the menacing bad guy Bud Frump acting along side Tony Winner John Larroquette and Daniel Radcliffe. He’s won rave reviews for his performance and he is poised to become Broadway’s next superstar. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to ask the megastar in the making a few questions and as you read on, if you haven’t already fallen in love with Christopher J. Hanke, you will by the end of this article.
According2G: How do you prepare for performing in front of a live audience each night? Do you have any rituals/totems/good luck charms?
Christopher J. Hanke: I arrive at the theater about an hour before the show starts. By rule, we have to be there no later than a half hour, which is 30 minutes before curtain, but the more time in the theater, in my dressing room prior to a show, the more relaxed I am. A pre-show shower to wipe off my day is a must, as is my pre-show meal, eaten in my dressing room. Something smallish and usually healthy. I warm up and steam my voice. Actually not in that order, steam first, then warm up. I don’t have a good luck charm but I do have a planters rock from my one and only waiter job in NYC that sits at my dressing room table. It reminds me that when things get tough at work, I need to remember I could always be waiting tables.
A2G: What’s the first thing you do when you get off stage?