Earlier today, through a strange series of internet-based circumstances, I found myself presented with an opportunity to interview David Muscat - an Australian actor, singer and dancer who is currently living in the UK. David has starred in shows such as Guys and Dolls, The Glorious Ones, Goodnight Mrs Calabash, and Billy Elliot. He is perhaps most famous for playing the role of Mr Braithwaite, the comedic yet intelligent pianist, in Billy Elliot, In 2014 David showed the whole world that he was 'born to boogie' in "Billy Elliot Live". I managed to get in touch with David through social media, and this is what he had to say for himself!
If you could play any role in a musical, regardless of age or gender, who would you like to play?
Tough one... Dolly Parton's role in Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Cause I'd get to rock out in rhinestone outfits!
If you were on a desert island with an actor, a book, and a soundtrack from a musical, what would they be and why?
Robin Williams... Book: "How to Survive Being Stuck on a Desert Island: For Dummies." Musical: Jesus Christ Superstar (Australian cast) How could you not have the best entertainer there?
What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you onstage?
Just generally going blank! I did once on Billy during the 'Diaghilev' speech and words just came out that made no sense. I was looking at Billy at the time to try and save me from the situation... but he decided best to see what came out. Winner.
What would you say is your favourite show you've ever been in?
There's been some crackers... I did quite enjoy playing the Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors. And Cosmo Brown in Singing in the Rain. All great fun and awesome people!
What is your favourite theatre memory?
There's been a few but recently doing a little show at RADA - In Gay Company. It was the first time it'd been done in London and after a short rehearsal period hearing the first audiences laugh at things and finding out what bits they enjoy is why I like theatre. So that's always a fav.
What advice would you give to a young person who wants to get into the theatre industry?
Train... Either at college or at specialist schools; dance, drama & singing. Get yourself as prepared as possible but be ready to be adaptive. Prepare yourself for rejection and try to understand a lot of the time a 'no' isn't based on your talent it's based on the prerequisite of the casting look of a role. Never stop learning and always keep trying.
Huge thanks to David for letting me interview him, and huge thanks to YOU for reading! If you would like to see me interview more West End Actors, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsdQV-In49U