YOU GUYS!! We are so so excited to welcome today's guest, Tyler Hanes! I first met Tyler years and years ago when he was making his Broadway debut in "Oklahoma!" and I have been creepily stalking his career ever since. Since then he's stacked up 8 more Broadway credits including "Hairspray," "The Boy From Oz," "A Chorus Line," and Gaby in "On the Town." He is currently starring as Rum Tum Tugger in "Cats" and he is sooooooooo good n the role! And more. It was SUCH a thrill to catch up with him. Enjoy!
He's the Mick Jagger of the Jellicle tribe. He's a fickle feline who'd rather have a grouse if you offer him a pheasant. He's Rum Tum Tugger — and he's been given the rock star treatment by triple threat Tyler Hanes since the revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's CATS opened on Broadway in the summer of 2016. The musical, which ran for a record-breaking 18 years it's first time around, plays it's final performance at the Neil Simon Theatre on December 30. That means Hanes has only a few more jaunts around the junkyard in his skin-tight body suit and unwieldy fur collar, which, despite some costuming snafus, have marked a joyful era in his performance career. He may never beat Grizabella to the Heaviside Layer, but, he's pledged his faith to the fraternity of Rum Tum Tuggers — and that bond of brotherhood is now and forever.
Tyler Hanes stars as Rum Tum Tugger in the first Broadway revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical Cats. He opened the show at the Neil Simon Theatre in July 2016 and remains one of the revival's only original cast members still serving 100% at the Jellicle Ball. BroadwayBox spoke with the triple-threat performer about how he created his own Tugger, his own backstory, and the famous touchstones that inspired him.
Bring on the hunks! The results are in for our annual Broadway's Sexiest Man Alive, and the fans (ahem, and the Broadway.com staff) went nuts ranking stage gents on Culturalist. For the second year in a row, the title of Broadway's Sexiest Man Alive went to a curious cat that rocks leather pants onstage and a vlog camera off: Tyler Hanes!Cats' Rum Tum Tugger shared the top 10 with stars like Wicked's Ashley Parker Angel, Dear Evan Hansen's Mike Faist and Ben Platt (who took his final curtain call in the musical on November 19) and more. Take a look at your sizzling top 10, and congrats to all the hunks making the Great White Way red hot!
Tyler Hanes is currently starring as Rum Tum Tugger in the wildly successful revival of Cats, the ninth Broadway show on a resume which includes A Chorus Line, Hairspray, and The Boy From Oz. He’s also featured on the new season of The Ensemblist podcast and we talked about everything from the stamina required to play such a ‘curious cat’ to the joys of theatre outside the “Broadway” umbrella.
Get ready to lose your mind as Tyler Hanes (currently starring as Rum Tum Tugger in the Broadway revival of Cats) dances us through his incredible, varied Broadway resume. As a special treat, he's joined by Cats costar Georgina Pazcoguin for "The Great Lover" ballet from On the Town. See the killer pair together in Cats at the Neil Simon Theatre.
CATS holds a sacred place in many dancers’ hearts. Tackling T.S. Eliot’s alternate, feline universe offers a chance to be part of a legacy, and cast members speak reverentially of the show’s whimsy and technical demands. Now, in the current revival on Broadway, a new litter is exploring Andy Blankenbuehler’s movement layered in with Gillian Lynne’s original choreography.
Bring on the men! The results are in for our annual Broadway's Sexiest Man Alive, and the fans (ahem, and the Broadway.com staff) went nuts ranking stage hunks on Culturalist. This year's title went to a curious cat that rocks leather pants onstage and a camera off: former Broadway.com vlogger Tyler Hanes! Cats' Rum Tum Tugger shared the top 10 with stars like Wicked's Michael Campayno, Falsettos' unlikely lovers Christian Borle and Andrew Rannells, On Your Feet! hunk Ektor Rivera and more. Take a look at your sizzling top 10, and congrats to all the hunks making the Great White Way red hot!
Most dancers are fortunate enough to be cast in one Broadway show. Tyler Hanes has been in nine. And the list of impressive credits does not stop at Broadway. Hanes has been in movies, television shows and even produces a new web series. He is well-known in the performing community, and for only great reasons. He’s down to earth, talented and just down right hilarious.
Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s iconic musical Cats returned to Broadway this summer, with British chanteuse Leona Lewis making her debut on the Great White Way as Grizabella, The Glamour Cat. (Her run in the show ended last month, and School of Rock actress Mamie Parris has since taken over the “Memory”-making role.) I went behind the scenes at the theater and got a crash course in stage makeup, skin-tight unitards and choreography before making my own debut on a Broadway stage.