North Shore Music Theatre’s production of Cole Porter’s ANYTHING GOES features Worcester native, and star of Laverne & Shirley, ‘The Big Ragu’ – Eddie Mekka!
SD: How did you get involved in musical theatre?
EM: It all started because of a girl! I grew up in Worcester, MA and my girlfriend at the time was starring in a production of “Fiddler on the Roof” at the Worcester County Light Opera Company. She wanted to me to try out and after that I got the bug and never looked back.
SD: Of all your talents: singing, dancing and acting, do you have a favorite?
EM: I love them all. I’m a triple threat (he says laughing). Any time that I can use all my talents for a role is great. I love when I am able to immerse myself in a character and use all three.
SD: Is there a dream role that you would love to play?
EM: I would love to play Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof.” Unfortunately, I am not seen as Tveye which I don’t understand. I can play a fat part. I mean Tevye was starving to death, so he should actually be skinny like me.
SD: Are there any similarities to you and Moonface Martin, your character in “Anything Goes?”
EM: I’m no Humphrey Bogart when it comes to playing a gangster. I am more like Mickey Rooney playing a gangster. Moonface is a great character to play. The more I put into any role I play, the more honest and believable you can make it.
SD: What was your favorite part about playing Carmine on “Laverne & Shirley?”
EM: I have always loved the intimate scenes I shared with Shirley. The great thing about the show was that we made the audience laugh, but it was the moments that turned serious that were wonderful. If you can make the audience laugh and love you, then they will also hurt with you.
ANYTHING GOES plays June 3 – 15. Don’t miss the boat… get your tickets today!
For more information on Eddie Mekka visit www.eddiemekka.com and to purchase tickets to see Eddie in The North Shore Music Theatre productions of “Anything Goes” visit www.nsmt.org