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Q&A: Dudney Joseph talks Buffalo theater, 'Dreamgirls' and cellphones

Dudney Joseph Jr. isn’t letting the summer off-season keep him from performing around Buffalo. The cheery-faced actor, who made a splash in last season’s “Sophisticated Ladies,” joins Raphael Santos and Lorenzo Parnell for “3 Tenors Soul Collective Cabaret” on July 15 at Pausa Art House (19 Wadsworth). The show features songs by Stevie Wonder, Duke Ellington, Donny Hathaway and more. Up next is “The Producers” at Kavinoky in September. Joseph recently took a break to share some theater thoughts.

What is your biggest pet peeve about audiences?

Cellphones! What I love most about the theater is that you find yourself immersed in a different world, walking in another person’s shoes, which allows you to escape your own reality for a few hours. I wish audience members would allow themselves to sit back, relax and enjoy the journey. Turn off your phone and enjoy the show; you deserve it and we worked really hard

Who is the unsung hero of Buffalo’s theater community?

Music directors are by far the unsung heroes of our theater community. The Phil Farugias, Theresa Quinns, George Caldwells, Alan Paglias, Mike Hookers and many more. They have minimal time during the rehearsal process to not only teach parts to both lead actors and ensemble, but also coordinate separate rehearsals with the band or orchestra, before the remaining elements of the production are added, like lights, sets, microphones and costumes. It’s incredible how fast everything is taught and finessed by opening night. There wouldn’t be a show without them. They're the glue.

Pretend you’re the artistic director of your very own theater company. What is your premiere production?

My premiere production would be “Dreamgirls.” The concept: glitter, gowns, wigs and belting. The cast: Cecelia Barron as Lorrell, Cecilia Snow as Deena, Zoe Scruggs as Effie White. I just got chills!


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