Having done replacement parts in Wicked and Next To Normal, the openly gay Massey is a seasoned pro at stepping into juicy rules and making them Massey-like. You’ve replaced people before, so you know how to slide into a show, right? Judging your happiness on yourself rather than what anyone else is doing. It deals a lot with universal issues—with someone trying to find their own happiness, which never goes out of date. They did a video recording of the original production that they taped for TV. Then I saw this production last summer, when I had a small break in Wicked. But you have a line where you say you’re surprised he’s into women. Like, “I’m surprised you’re into anything other than war.” Aha! “Don’t let them hurt your hand,” I advised, noting that it’s one of Broadway’s most valuable assets these days.
But this is his biggest opportunity yet, and it provided the perfect chance to sit the guy down and talk at length about his craft. Kyle Dean Massey: This was a little different because you have to learn all the circus stuff, which was a different challenge. The music holds up as young and current for Broadway music. I was blown away with this production—the way they’ve reimagined it was smart, and for me it made the show make sense. As for your own trajectory, are you happy with your career? The fact that I get to work on Broadway and have been for many years is more than I ever dreamed. “My knuckles are swollen,” he told me, but it’s not from shaking hands.
And I'm interested in moving toward that direction, away from those boyish roles."Massey arrived in Korea in early February and rehearsed with the current cast who were already playing in other Korean cities before its Seoul run started on March 8.
Whether the alliance means romantic sparks will fly between the two remains to be seen (and Massey's not telling), but this , after all.
What he will confirm is that as of now he's signed on to do five or six episodes, during which Kevin will obviously find out Will's big secret.
"But rather than hide behind a false front of his sexuality, he decided to be open and honest about it, which can ruin his career." With his work on the show beginning around the same time country hitmakers Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman both came out last November, Massey notes that the storyline is "definitely art imitating life." He himself is an openly gay entertainer, as well, having appeared in several Broadway and television shows.
A New Yorker by way of Jonesboro, Arkansas, he identifies with Will's hesitance to be his true self.
The icing on the cake of the production is Massey, who is known for playing Fiyero in "Wicked," Gabe in "Next to Normal" and Pippin in "Pippin" on Broadway.
His boyish charm suited those characters, but the 35-year-old actor wanted to challenge himself.
"[The show] takes place in the South, but then it's an issue with somebody in the public eye.
A lot of people are OK with their brother or their uncle or their best friend being gay, but they don't really want their country star to be gay." For the character of Kevin, being thrown together with Will to write songs for a new album forces both men to confront their feelings about their respective career paths and the choices they made in pursuit of their dreams.
"Just knowing that part of the country [Arkansas] well, it's not really fully embraced yet.
Even living in New York City, where it really is [accepted] as far as being an actor, I know a lot of gay people who are not openly gay because of the stigma, or the preconceived idea that may come along with that label," says Massey.
The musical, with the music of Frank Wildhorn, is enjoying unprecedented popularity in Korea and the producer Shin Chun-soo aims to re-export the Korean production to the world.