Q&A with Ryan Silverman
by Kayla Moore
Your career has spanned Broadway and film, in addition to the concert stage. Is there any character you’ve portrayed that resonated with you personally?
Well, this may seem like a bit of a cop-out answer, but I have found something that resonates with me personally in all the characters I’ve played. Whether it’s the shady manager, Terry, in Side Show, Giorgio in Stephen Sondheim’s Passion, or Raoul in Phantom of the Opera. I have found bits of my personality that I can put into each character. It makes it real, it makes it honest, and it makes it grounded.
If you could open for any musical artist, living or dead, who would it be?
I actually would love to open for Elton John. I’ve been loving and revisiting his music lately, and he just seems like such a fun entertainer. To be able to watch him and learn from him and share the stage with him would be pretty exciting.
What kind of music do you think speaks to the feeling New Year’s Eve brings to people?
I think the music that I’ve chosen to perform this New Year’s Eve is really the best: the Great American Songbook. It’s music that was written about real things in our lives—living, learning, loving, making mistakes, moving forward. That’s what New Year’s Eve is about to me, looking back on what we’ve done and what we’ve learned, and moving forward from our victories or our mistakes. Also, to get to sing the Great American Songbook with a full orchestra swinging behind you couldn’t be any better.
What does New Year’s Eve mean to you? Do you have any traditions?
I don’t have any traditions, actually, but I do like to look back on the year to just remind myself what all happened. It’s easy to go through the years and then look back and go, “Wait, when did that happen?” So I like to sit with my wife and daughter and look back at what we did, places we went, mistakes we may have made, favorite moments. I think it’s a pretty great way to wrap up the year looking back in remembrance and then looking forward to what’s yet to happen.