PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Graham Alexander of Broadway's Let It Be

By Matthew Blank
27 Aug 2013

Graham Alexander
Graham Alexander

Graham Alexander, one of the hardworking musicians delivering the music of The Beatles to Broadway audiences in Let It Be, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Alexander is a singer-songwriter who spends his time writing and performing nationally with his band Graham Alexander & Co.

In 2010, he made his Broadway debut in Rain. Shortly after, he released his LP of original rock and power-pop compositions to worldwide acclaim, with the single "Biggest Fan" peaking at #6 on Spotify's "Top Tracks Picked by Users Playlist" in 2011.



Full given name: Graham Alexander
Where you were born/where you were raised: I was born in Camden, NJ. Raised in Camden County (among others!)
Zodiac Sign: Taurus!
What your parents did/do for a living: My mom is an artist/dancer and my dad is a musician.
Siblings: I actually have no "full siblings." So I grew up an only child but with many half siblings that I didn't see as much as I may have liked to.
Current audition song/monologue: Hmmmm I guess this would depend on what I'm auditioning for, but if I had to pick one song to sing it might be "Piece of My Heart" - Janis' version.

I'm not entirely sure why. I believe there is very little hope in me getting the lead in the new Janis musical coming to Broadway.

Special skills: I love composition, engineering (recording), poetry, guitar, bass, drums, piano, vocal arrangements, singing, staging. I'm not entirely adverse to faking large portions of the French language.
Something you're REALLY bad at: French. Eating healthy. Awkward run-ins. Not getting cast as the same character in two Broadway shows. Fake laughing at something I don't find funny. Not breaking my phone. Not being opinionated. Picking the mint antacids instead of the berry flavored antacids at the store and then getting all the way home and realizing I dislike this flavor.



Also, DRIVING and seeing out of my one eye.

First Broadway show you ever saw: Jesus Christ Superstar
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? The Vagabond King, mainly because the only other "Graham Alexander" on Broadway was in this show, according to IBDB.
Current show other than your own you have been recommending to friends: MOTOWN!
Favorite showtune(s) of all time: "As Time Goes By" (Yes! This counts.), "Til There Was You," "The Lady Is a Tramp," "Damned For All Time/Blood Money," "Nice Work If You Can Get It"
Favorite musicals: Too many.... listing and forgetting some would be a sin.
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with: Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford.... Frank Sinatra (again), John Lennon
Your personal vocal idols, living or dead: Frank Sinatra, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison, Murray Head, Dolores O'Riordan, Paul McCartney, Janis Joplin, Prince, Steven Tyler, Paul Rodgers, Carole King.....etc. etc. etc. Again...too many!
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: I saw Cream at Madison Square Garden in 2005... that was pretty intense. There are so many performances, from concerts to Broadway, I could say but… I say Cream. I believe I saw one of the last performances from a band from the 60s (all the band members still together) on a stage together... for the last time.

The Stones, The Beatles, Zeppelin won't ever be able to have that luxury. Unfortunately.

Music that makes you cry, any genre: SO much. "God Only Knows" by Brian Wilson, "As Time Goes By"… usually individual songs hit me worse than entire genres.

Cyndi's "Time After Time" might be one. And even an unnamed Madonna song has moved me to tears... nononononono... I mean... moved me to hitting things. Yea. That's what I did.

MAC or PC? Both. I'm a MAC Convert. I hope the PC manufacturers start bringing up their standards. I still love Windows, but being in the recording world I'm forced to use a MAC.

The upside is I've had the same one for 3+ years... and it's exactly the same as it was the day I bought it.

Most played song on your iPod: Facebook.com/grahamalexandermusic
Etsy.com
gbase.com
Last book you read: "Tarantula" - Dylan
Must-see TV show(s): "Seinfeld"
Last good movie you saw: Summer has been bleak for me personally. I see A LOT of films. "The Big Wedding" was a nice film.
Some films you consider classics: "Mrs. Doubtfire," "A Christmas Story," "Big"
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Hmmmmm... depends on what "everything" is. Some people I'd like to see: Sara Bareilles, Aerosmith, Prince.
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