Theater Star Javon King from RENT

Welcome Javon King:

We’re joined on the Starline by an actor and theater star. You’ve seen him on “Once on This Island”, “Newsies” and on the 20th Anniversary Tour of “Rent”. Now, he’s back for the Farewell tour of Rent as Angel. We welcome Javon King.

Javon, let’s go Beyond the Mic. Growing up in New Jersey you played football and ran track. What position did you play in football and what was your events in track?

What were you planning to major in school before you started on your first musical, “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum”?

You were trying out for “Kinky Boots” before you got this job in “Rent”. How would your path changed if you had gotten Lola instead?

So you took time off from Rider to go tour, how did that give you the freedom in your craft?

Javon, what is a typical day for you when you are on tour?

The Rockin’ 8:

It’s time for the Rockin’ 8, 8 random questions; answer with the first thing that comes to your mind. There is no Pressure.

1. Favorite condiment Ketchup

2. Something you believe in that others think is not real?

3. (Favorite place to vacation? dr

4. If you swapped genders for a day, how would you spend it?

5. Last gift you were given and from who?

6. What is one thing that doesn’t add value to your life but you still do it?

7. Favorite of all the Disney princesses?

8. What do you wait to buy until it is on sale?

The Back Half with Javon King:

Best thing to do when in Manasquan New Jersey?

How did you spend your pandemic quarantine?

Why is Angel the perfect character for you and why do you love this character?

How are you like Angel?

How has your family supported you on your path? Football and track star to nationwide theater star, what does your family think? 

What your dad and mom do?

What do you tell the next young man and woman who is struggling with their identity and wants to star in musicals?

You talk about passion, what you passionate about? How have your passion changed from when you started to today?

Mom been the one losing her mind, but when did you figure out that you made it? I always want to be better. You’re in the role of your dreams…

Why does theater feed your soul?

When mom as your press agent puts a friend in the audience and does that drive you crazy or play in your head?

When the tour is over and you have to move on to your next role, which role is your dream role?

So your teacher you cast you in A Funny Thing… do you remember them and what would you tell them now?

If people haven’t seen Rent, and shame on them. Why should they come see the finale?

One Big Question:

As you do this physical role every day, and you did it in the 20th anniversary tour, is it harder to recover? Do you have to ice your body up more often?

The Wrap:

Was a QB / Corner Back and ran the 400 would have been in Criminal law or Nurse had he not discovered his passion. He thinks Marilyn Monroe is still alive. Go see Javon King in the 25th Anniversary Edition of Rent. Thanks for taking the time to talk with us today.

And that my friends is Beyond the Mic.

Listen to other Beyond the Mic conversations with theater stars here.

Listen to other BTM conversations with actors here.

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