The King and I
WW: This is at least the second time you've taken on a seminal musical theatre role, and one long-associated with a potent theater personality (the first being the King of Siam in The King and I in the 1990s, so resolutely portrayed by Yul Brenner). Why?
So will your King Arthur attract the same sort of frenzied fandom that attended your performance as Ritchie Valens in the 1987 La Bamba?
It is long-rumored that Camelot was a favorite musical of the Kennedy family, and that JFK would play the original cast recording in the White House during his time there. What is your take on the Kennedy resonances in this musical, and what sort of comment on today's political situation is it to revive the musical now?
Great. So…do you have more or less chest hair than Richard Burton (who originated the role) or Robert Goulet (who has toured in the role).
Are you interested in getting back to Broadway?
Your film career has sort of fallen off in the last, oh, 15 years or so. What sort of work have you been up to? What have some of your goals been?