Q: You're a longtime New Orleans Saints fan. Have you met Drew Brees?
A: I've not met Drew. At some point, if the show goes as long as possible, I'll go back to New Orleans. I like to do what I can for the city. And I'd like to thank the players for rescuing me from all those years of embarrassment when they finally won the Super Bowl.
Q: You grew up in the Ninth Ward, which was hit especially hard by Hurricane Katrina. How was it to go back?
A: It was terrible to see the home I grew up in as a child decimated. Some of the neighborhoods are coming back now. Last October, I went back and could see some parts are being resurrected.
Q: You're a collector of special first editions and rare books. What's your pride and joy?
A: I have a beautiful limited edition of Waiting for Godot signed by Samuel Beckett. I treasure it; I have a box to protect it. It's so meaningful because that play had such an impact on the theater and every play that came after it. I have 800 to 900 books of Samuel Beckett's works. I love reading. I'm fortunate enough to have signed books by Faulkner, Steinbeck, Thomas Pynchon. I have emotional favorites; A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, not only because it takes place in my hometown, but because it has an opening scene where he's waiting for his mother in front of a big department store clock, and I used to wait for my mother under the very same clock, at the D.H. Holmes department store. We'd go in and buy candy there on Canal Street.
Q: How do you like playing the adulterous company president, J. B. Biggley?
A: I'm getting more comfortable with the actual acting of it, once my mind could move away from the deep concentration I put in the dancing and singing. It's very funny, too. I've always enjoyed the piece. If it's stuck in time a little bit, it's also salient today, with all the attention on corporations and the incompetence of big business.