Interview John Jeffrey Martin
Recently Play It Again Rocky had the wonderful opportunity to ask John Jeffrey Martin some questions about his work with Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show on Broadway. He was very gracious to do an email interview for us and we are thrilled to post it for you here!
PIAR: You had the chance to play many of the roles in Rocky. Which role was your favorite to play and why?
Jeff: I was the swing in the show, so I covered all ensemble tracks. Also, I covered Brad, Rocky, and Riff Raff. I was lucky enough to play all roles MANY times. I think my favorite by far was playing Riff Raff with only a half a rehearsal under my belt. All the makeup and costuming was just a blast. I learned a lot that day.
PIAR: Rocky is a very different kind of show, did you find that fans were different than what you were used to with other shows? How so?
Jeff: The fans for Rocky were very "die hard." They knew the show inside and out. Unlike any other show there were always loud and heartfelt original call outs from the crowd. It was a trip for sure. An enjoyable trip.
PIAR: Do you have any memorable stories during the time you worked on the show that you could tell us about?
Jeff: Many memorable stories of doing Rocky on Broadway. A lot of them I can not tell. But the most prominent one was the day of September eleventh 2001. We had a candlelight vigil outside of the theater before the show that night. It was very hard to go to work that day, but it was WELL worth it.
PIAR: You have been in many well received shows, and are also a musician and artist. Which do you like best?
Jeff: Being an artist across the board, I feel no reason to pick a favorite. I'm just hoping I'll be able to practice all forms of art, always. I've been an actor singer since I was a little kid. I feel like that is my first love. But I will always love painting and writing.
PIAR: What is your favorite song to perform live?
Jeff: I don't really have a favorite song to perform live. But these days I'm really enjoying the Jaques Brell song "Amsterdam."
PIAR: Do you have a dream role you hope to play someday?
Jeff: I've always wanted to play Pippin and MANY other roles.
PIAR: Do you keep in touch with any of your Rocky co-stars? Any favorites to work with?
Jeff: I am still in touch with a couple of friends from Rocky. I loved that cast a lot. And there were so many awesome stars to work with in that show. Just to mention a few I really loved working with Daphne Rubin-Vega and Alice Ripley...and my idol Raul Esparza.
Keep the love alive for this unique piece of art. I'm lucky to have been in the production I was of it, but I always felt like any production of Rocky anywhere was a part of the same fraternity. Asss hole!