MEET TIM HOWARD
Home now: Arvada
High school: Littleton High School
College: Five Towns College (Long Island, N.Y.)
What have you done for us lately? I played Clyde Barrow in Town Hall Arts Center's Bonnie & Clyde.
What's next? I will be playing Drew in Rock of Ages at BDT Stage
What's your handle? @timothybrooks88 on Instagram
Twitter-sized bio: Currently enjoying the last year of my 20s. Hate adulting. Enjoy the outdoors and going on adventures. Usually, adventures start or end with my friends saying: "Tim, don't!" Or: "I do not want to take you to the hospital." But I'm still here (because of my friends). Love to go camping, hiking and backpacking. When I was 9, I got involved with The Academy of Theater Arts (ATA) and played there until I was 18 and have been involved with theater ever since. Someday I would love to have the means to travel. But on an actors salary ... hah!
The role that changed your life: I played Leo Bloom once before, five years ago at the Town Hall Arts Center. Before that, I was often cast in the ensemble or as a secondary character. I grew up with Paul Dwyer teaching me comedy and being cast as the comic relief and a lot of very fun character roles at ATA. Matt Dailey was always the leading man opposite Melissa Benoist. Paul, who co-directed the shows with Alann Worley, always said, "Matt got the girl, but Tim got the audience." Once I was given the opportunity to play Leo, I was suddenly seen as a leading man. It changed how I looked at roles. It wasn't always comedy, and I found myself getting more passionate about the "acting" part of musical theater.
Ideal scene partner: I have always wanted to act on stage with Robin Williams. He was such an inspiration to me growing up. He had such a knack for it. I wanted to be him. One thing that made me admire him even more was that he was an incredible actor as well. He understood emotion. Everything he did was so natural and real. Every role I take on, I try to be the kind of actor he would be proud to work next to.
What is The Producers all about? Max Bialystock, a has-been Broadway producer, can't seem to produce a hit. He meets a timid accountant named Leo Bloom who discovers (in theory) that a producer could make more money with a flop than a hit. Together they hatch a scheme to produce "the worst musical ever written": Springtime for Hitler. Everything does not go as planned, and they find themselves in a lot of awkward and funny situations.
Tell us about the challenge of playing this role: Leo Bloom is the shy, timid, mousy accountant who plays by the rules but has a secret desire to be a Broadway producer. He slowly comes out of his shell and finds there is more to him than even he knew there was. When I played this role before five years ago, I found Leo to be pretty much like who I was then. I had just come back from college, and Denver theater wasn't the same as I remembered it. I was getting to know new people, and I wasn't ready to let them in. In that production, it was very easy to understand Leo. Fast-forward five years: I just finished Bonnie and Clyde. I was playing a character who was confident, spoke his mind, knew who he was and how to follow his dreams. Clyde, unlike Leo, wouldn’t let anything get in the way. I now identify with Clyde more than Leo, so I have found it difficult to transition from one back to the other. However, this challenge is allowing me to find a new take on Leo, and I have more of an understanding about his journey toward self-confidence.
What do you hope audiences get out of seeing your show? I hope they laugh. Laughter is, as they say, the best medicine. This is a musical adaptation of the 1967 Mel Brooks hit, The Producers. Brooks even wrote the music, so how can you not laugh? I hope every audience leaves feeling happy. It's a great show to see if you are having a rough day and need a break from the outside world. On a more serious note, I hope they leave knowing that even when everything in your life goes wrong, you can always find a way through and have a happy ending.
What's one thing people might not know about you? I don't volunteer or do good deeds like everyone thinks I do. I watch a lot of Netflix and drink beer instead. But, when I was 7, I was diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome. People don’t usually believe me when I tell them. It was a very tough time for me. I was bullied and made fun of a lot. A few years later I got into theater, and that changed my life. Throughout my school years, I was still picked on, but because of my comedy training, I knew how to handle it. I like to think theater is the reason my tics went away. Tourette's is still a part of me, but no one can tell.
What do you want to get off your chest? I am passionate about brewing beer. We live in a state where craft beers are a growing art form. Right now I have a Kiwi Wit beer in fermentation and I'm looking forward to sharing it with my Producers cast in Breckenridge.
Scott Rathbun, left, with Tim Howard in Backstage Breckenridge's 'The Producers.'
Leo Bloom in Breckenridge Backstage Theater's 'The Producers,' running through Aug. 6. In 2014, Howard won a DCPA True West Award for his work in Town Hall Arts Center's 'How to Succeed in Business...'
The Producers: Ticket information
• Written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
• Directed by Robert Michael Sanders
• Through Aug. 6
• 121 S. Ridge St., Brekenridge MAP IT
• Tickets $23-$39
• For tickets, call 970-453-0199 or go to backstagetheatre.org
Remaining performance schedule:
• Sunday, June 18, 6:30 p.m.
• Saturday, June 24, 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday, June 25, 6:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, June 28, 7:30 p.m.
• Thursday, June 29, 7:30 p.m.
• Friday, June 30, 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, July 1, 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday, July 2, 6:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, July 5, 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday, July 9, 6:30 p.m.
• Friday, July 14, 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, July 15, 7:30 p.m.
• Thursday July 20, 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, July 22, 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday, July 23, 6:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, July 26, 7:30 p.m.
• Friday, July 28, 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday, July 30, 6:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, August 2, 7:30 p.m.
• Friday, August 4, 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, August 5, 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday, August 6, 6:30 p.m.
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