Anthony Benz is a Chicago-based pianist and vocal coach. His past credits include DIE FLEDERMAUS (DMMO), DEAD MAN WALKING (Miami Music Festival); HAIRSPRAY, ANYTHING GOES (OCU). He spent this past spring/summer as the apprentice coach at Des Moines Metro Opera as well as music directing their three-month educational outreach tour. He’s thrilled to be making his Chicago debut with MOBY DICK!
Get to know Anthony!
TCTP: What was your favorite show you were a part of in high school?
AB: I got to play the Major General in my high school’s production of Pirates of Penzance! The fake mutton chops were quite special…
TCTP: Have you actually read Moby Dick?
AB: I have, but it’s been quite a while.
TCTP: What is a piece of classical literature you would love to see turned into a musical?
AB: I’d love to see Of Mice and Men turned into a musical. It’s already been made into an incredible opera and a phenomenal play, so I think it would be an amazing musical with the right composer.
TCTP: Do you have a personal white whale? What is it? (Interpret how you wish.)
AB: Weirdly enough, one of my goals in life to speak every major language fluently.
TCTP: What’s the most thrown together show you’ve ever done?
AB: Kiss of the Spider Woman in a workshop production in grad school.
Check out Anthony's work in MOBY DICK! THE MUSICAL running October 29 - December 1 at Heartland Studio. Get tickets here: https://dime.io/events/moby-dick-the-musical