Noah Marlowe – Age 12
Act One Mossy/Bernie Lincoln Center
Fun Home Christian The Public Theatre
Elf the Musical Michael National Tour
Baseball, Basketball, Skateboarding, Dance Ballet, Dance Jazz, Dance Tap, Singer
Miracle Of Faith The Boy Watchfire Music
Interview Conducted by Amy Duncan
So Noah, have you always enjoyed singing?
When I was little I’d always sing with my sister in the car…we’d always sing Seussical, the musical, together.
Have you had any musical training? I know you don’t read music, but how about vocal lessons?
I’ve had four or five years of vocal training, which started when I was around seven or eight.
Do you think it’s important to know how to read music, or is it enough to have a good ear?
I think that reading music is a really good skill, but in the projects that I’ve done, I haven’t found it necessary because they’ve always just taught me the music, so I haven’t had to learn how to read it.
So you must have a really good ear, then!
Yes, I try…thanks!
You made your Broadway debut in Mary Poppins when you were ten. Did you do any performing in public before that?
I’d done some regional work before that, but not anything of that caliber and prestigiousness.
Actors and singers often say they perform differently each night because the audiences change. Is that true for you?
Yeah, I think it’s very true. The audiences respond differently every night, and so do the performers. What I find really interesting is that with lines that aren’t even funny, people laugh—audiences have their own way of taking in what’s going on, so I feel like the actors often change their performances due to the audience’s reaction.
I bet you can feel the audience’s vibe the minute you walk out onto the stage.
The first time I was in front of an audience, right when I got out there, I was like, I want to do this for a living. Once you feel the audience’s presence like that, it’s just really amazing.
I see that you’ve studied dance. Have you done any dancing in your performances?
We’ve done a lot of choreography, kind of like jazz, but not any tapping or ballet or that kind of stuff. But in Mary Poppins, for instance, there was a lot of choreography.
Let’s talk about Miracle Of Faith, the project you did with Peter Link. What did you think when your dad told you about the job?
It sounded really interesting, and I looked up Peter, and I was just amazed at how much he did. And at the first appointment I had with Peter I knew that this was going to be an amazing project.
And what about when you saw what it involved? You’d never recorded in a studio before and you don’t read music…how did you feel about that?
It seemed like a challenge, but I knew that Peter and everyone would help me through it. He always emphasized getting into the character, which was really helpful in terms of learning the song. Peter’s a great guy, he’s really nice.
It’s a long song, too! How did you go about memorizing it?
In the recording booth, there was a music stand just in case I needed to look at it. But I knew about 95% of it, because we went over it every night, constantly saying the lines and continuing to go over them. Eventually when you familiarize yourself with it so much, it just kind of gets into your bones.
There’s hardly any information about this boy with the basket of fish and bread in the Bible story. As an actor, how did you prepare for the character?
Well, the lyrics did a lot of that for me—they were very informative and I thought they were very good, and as you get into the character you find the story. So once you get into the character, you just kind of make these acting choices. And Peter did so much, and he helped me so much with making this character what it is, with forming this character for myself.
I listened to the recording, and thought it was magnificent. I kept thinking it would be great if it could be staged—did you feel that, too?
Yes, it was a very powerful album and I thought it was great—that’s very funny you should say that, because I was thinking that before! (laughs)
What about your school? What happens when you’re touring?
Normally I go to public school, but when I was touring, unfortunately they didn’t provide the tutors, so we got a lot of work from our school and did that. But I’m doing a show at Lincoln Center right now, and during the rehearsal process they provided tutors—multiple tutors for the different subjects. There are only two kids in the show.
What do the kids you go to school with think about your career?
I don’t really think that they take notice, I mean I don’t really go around talking about it. When I leave school they notice, but they don’t really have any interest in this field, so…
Getting away from music for a bit, what do you like to do in your free time?
I love to read—I read all the time. I always have a book in my hand. I loved The DaVinci Code, and I’m reading a book right now that I really like a lot called Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. He’s a famous author, and it’s just a really good book about an author and his mentor.
Have you ever wanted to be a writer?
Uh, yeah! Just seeing the process really fascinates me, and I think it would be really fun to write some day.
What else do you do in your free time?
I play video games on my computer and on some of the consoles that I have at my house. When it’s nice out I like to go biking, and, uh… I guess that’s kind of it!
What do you think the best thing is about living in New York?
You don’t really see it where I live, but I love New York because you get to meet so many different people—so many different types of people. And it’s really amazing getting to know all these people. Especially in this business, you get to make your own family in the cast, which is one of the reasons it’s so hard to close a show. I keep in touch with some of them…a lot of them have a lot that they’re doing, but I do keep in touch with them.
Do you think you’ll want to do what you’re doing now when you grow up?
I definitely want to do this. It’s so much fun, and you just feel like you can escape from the world when you’re on that stage, doing what you’re doing. It’s really great, so I think I want to do that when I get older, also.
So you really enjoyed the experience of singing in the studio and recording. Would you like to do more of that?
Yeah, it was so much fun with Peter, and it’s just a great experience recording songs, so I’d love to do that again.