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Brennan Caldwell is an NYC-based actor who recently starred in the Off-Broadway musical comedy Baghdaddy at St. Luke’s Theatre. The show is a dark musical comedy about the run-up to the Iraq War.
Originally from Kansas City, Caldwell majored in theater at Yale before moving to New York City in 2012. We sat down with the current Upper West Sider to discuss life in the theater and his love for the City.
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My first production in the City was a reading of a new musical for
[the New York Musical Theatre Festival], performed at the
. Though there were only a couple of shows, it was still thrilling to perform here after dreaming about it for so long. This past summer, I got to return to the Davenport for another Off-Broadway show,
New York is hard to define: I feel like the one constant is change. But nowhere else can you match New York’s theater scene and its sheer volume of passionate artistry.
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I once sang a concert with my all-male a cappella group for an all-boys middle school in Wisconsin. We got zero applause between songs, and the sketches went over so poorly we abandoned one in the middle. I still have nightmares about it.
I think it’s impossible to describe because it’s almost beyond description: there would simply be no theater world without the LGBTQ+ community.
As the LGBTQ+ community is so entrenched in New York theater, attending any show is sure to support these artists in some capacity. No matter which ones you end up seeing, consider donating to
. They’re a nonprofit fundraising organization that supports essential services for HIV and AIDS across the country.
I’m looking forward to seeing Signature Theatre’s production of Suzan-Lori Parks’
Take a chance on something off the beaten path. It’s natural to want to see something surefire or quintessential Broadway, but some of the most exciting and remarkable shows happen in the smallest theaters downtown or in another borough.
Also, please make sure your cell phones are off during the show; no calls, no text messages, no photos! It’s incredibly distracting for other audience members—and for the performers on stage.
Off-Broadway Week offers two-for-one tickets to select productions; it runs through October 8. Click here to find a list of participating shows and to purchase tickets.