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John Gallagher Jr.

John Gallagher Jr.


6/17/1984, Wilmington, Delaware, USA

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  • Trivia

    • On January 24, 2008, John announced his departure from his band Annie's Autograph.

    • On the CD Spring Awakening: 2006 Broadway Cast Recording, John performs in "All That's Known," "The B**** of Living," "My Junk," "Touch Me," "And Then There Were None," "I Believe," "Don't Do Sadness/Blue Wind," "Those You've Known," and "The Song of Purple Summer."

    • The first Broadway show John ever saw was Once Upon a Mattress starring Sarah Jessica Parker.

    • Some of John's special talents include clapping with one hand and being able to dilate his pupils on command.

    • In an interview, John's Spring Awakening costar Jonathan Groff was asked what John's most embarrassing moment was. One night the two had been making jokes before the show and during one scene in which it was just the two actors, they could not keep it together and almost couldn't sing because they were laughing; they thought they were going to be fired but no one seemed to notice.

    • John had never taken a voice lesson before joining the cast of the Broadway show "Spring Awakening."

    • John's final performance of Spring Awakening was on December 17, 2007.

    • During each performance of Spring Awakening, since John's character Moritz commits suicide during "Don't Do Sadness/Blue Wind," he hangs out in his dressing room until he performs again in "Those You've Known", which is almost an hour later.

    • John's favorite celebrity, other than himself, of course, is Bob Dylan. His favorite movie is The Last Waltz and his favorite TV shows are Austin City Limits and Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

    • His dressing room essential is his miniature electric guitar amp.

    • John's favorite Broadway show of all time other than Spring Awakening is West Side Story.

    • His greatest indulgence is Pepperidge Farm Double Chocolate Milanos.

    • John's favorite song from Spring Awakening is "Don't Do Sadness", but not only because it is his solo. Before Broadway rehearsals started, the cast members were given a tape of all the songs in the show sung by composer Duncan Sheik. Before knowing that it was his solo, John fell in love with the song and was thrilled to hear that it was meant for his character, Moritz.

    • John played guitar for the band Annie's Autograph.

    • John originated the role of Moritz Stiefel in the Broadway musical Spring Awakening.

    • During the 2007 Broadway Stagehand Strike, John and other cast members of Spring Awakening sang outside the Eugene O'Neill Theater, occasionally accompanied by John on the ukelele. Their songs included "Mama Who Bore Me (Reprise)," "B**** of Living," "My Junk," "Touch Me," and "I Believe."

    • John has described his Spring Awakening character, Moritz Stiefel, as an excited ball of nervous energy that runs around the stage for two hours.

    • John has said that when Spring Awakening was still off-broadway, after a performance, he used to take the subway home still in his "Moritz Stifel" hairstyle.

    • In 2007, John was nominated for a Tony (Best Feature Actor in a Musical) for his work in Spring Awakening and won.

    • John's in the band Old Springs Pike.

    • John made his Broadway debut in 2006 with the play Rabbit Hole.

  • Quotes

    • John Gallagher Jr.: (about the impact "Spring Awakening" has had on his band) I, you know, didn't have a trained approach but I had grown up in kind of a musical family and played in some bands and I play in a band now called Old Springs Pike, and you know we've been getting some really amazing fortunate attention--extra attention than we may have been getting at this point thanks to "Spring Awakening."

    • John Gallagher Jr.: (about "Spring Awakening") At the beginning of the day, when you're doing a show like this, you want to entertain and you want people to have a really fun time...but at the end of the day you want them to walk out feeling changed and taking something more away from it...and it's really kind of rare that you get to do that all in the same night.

    • John Gallagher Jr.: I've been thinking lately that there really aren't enough hours in a day, so, if I were a super hero I'd probably be very boring and wouldn't offer any real service to the general public. However, I would be able to teleport without the threat of molecular redistribution so I could get as much done in one day as truly possible and also I wouldn't have to worry about subways or cabs or planes or staying out too late or being tardy and I could visit my folks much more often.

    • John Gallagher Jr.: I don't have a pet but I dream of someday getting a pug dog whom I will name Croque Monsieur so that I may alternate between calling him Croque, Monsieur or his full name: Croque Monsieur. I'll more than likely only use his first and last name most often when he's been bad.

    • John Gallagher Jr.: As contrived as it may sound, if you put exceptional pizza or Chinese food in front of me and I'm hungry, chances are I will eat more of it than I do most food.

    • John Gallagher Jr.: I used to be really skilled at making mix tapes for people but ever since tape decks essentially went extinct I have yet to master making mixes on these new circular, reflective things. I think they're called compact discs.

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