Hey, Jonathan Groff, when you’re ready to take a break from Broadway’s super hit “Hamilton,” I’ve got a replacement for you.
When I sat down recently to talk about “Galavant” with star Timothy Omundson, he told me how much he loved seeing the show recently in New York City. “It’s the greatest theatrical experience ever,” he gushed.
"I cried through most of it. The music is so beautiful," the actor said, also confessing to having listened to the soundtrack more than a few times. And while Omundson says he "covets" the role of King George, he said that Groff's performance in the role "is perfection and is so very funny…I could talk about that show forever."
In the meantime, Omundson’s current role as another King (Richard) on “Galavant” is keeping him busy and this Sunday is the show’s season finale.
The actor, also known for his long-running role on USA's "Psych," being a part of the ABC period musical/comedy has gotten him closer to the theater community that he's so enamored with. "Over the last two years I've met a lot of people in the theatre community. I already had several friends out there but it's an environment that I love [and] that I never was really a part of."
The actor did add how much he's been touched when he hears that the theater community has embraced "Galavant." "I am just so overwhelmed by these amazing, amazing Broadway performers who say they love the show!"
While the musical numbers can astound the “Galavant” viewer with not only their precision but the sheer entertainment value, Omundson is also wow’d by another element of the show, character development.
"Very often you've got a successful show and they sort of stick with the same formula." As for Richard's journey this season, he said with a smile, "It's the greatest arc I've ever gotten to play…last year we broke him down completely [and] now we build him up to this other man. The man he always sort of could be."
Of course, sitting down with Omundson, I had to talk about just how gay the season two opening number with featured Kylie Minogue was. "I don't know why you would think that just because we had an opening number in a gentlemen's club?" he laughed. "There's never been a gayer episode on network TV without saying the word gay."
While the musical element of the show could fill the gay quota for the series, Omundson talked of the recent "Giants vs. Dwarves" episode where Karen David's Isabella goes to see why a certain someone hasn't replied to her wedding invitation. "[Princess Jubilee] is played by Sheridan Smith, who's an amazing, amazing English actress and singer and she is the anti-princess and she has a wonderful song about I'm not your daddy's princess," he remembered. "She has a bit of an entourage that is I think she actually has a line about she likes to swap spit with both girls and boys."
These days, you can't have a chat with Omundson without discussing the amazing beard he sports on the show and, even after shooting has ended, when we met for this interview. He said with "Psych," where he was clean-shaven, he would grow his beard "the second we would wrap…it was called my hiatus beard. It had its own hashtag, #hiatusbeard."
When he first met to be a part of "Galavant," Omundson explained the bearded look definitely was a bonus. "The first time I met Chris Koch, one of our executive producers, he said, 'your beard…it's like you're perfect for the role. It was a really great audition. It's not just a beard it's a king's beard." Thus hashtag king's beard was born.
The season finale of “Galavant” airs Sunday at 8pm on ABC.
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