Episode 26: The Ken Marshall Sessions
Our guest this episode made his Broadway debut as Tony in the 1980 revival of “West Side Story” with Josie de Guzman and Debbie Allen. (Check out this 1980 footage of him as Tony in an appearance on "The Today Show".) He later appeared as Cinderella’s Prince in the 1986 premiere production of Sondheim’s “Into The Woods” at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre, prior to its Broadway run. (Yep. We pretty much die for his story of Sondheim bringing in the first draft of “No One is Alone” for the cast to sing.) He went on to star in the 1983 sci-fi/fantasy film “Krull” (just released on Blu-Ray) and then played a pivotal role on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”.
Enjoy our chat with bonafide music, theatre and screen star Ken Marshall. He shares how he got interested in acting at his Michigan high school (to impress a girl!), then how he delved into theatre at the University of Michigan and later attended Juilliard, where he studied alongside Robin Williams, Christopher Reeve and Mandy Patinkin, among others. You’ll hear about how his early theatrical work with young actors like Christine Lahti and Scott Bakula became stepping stones to Broadway and eventually to television and film. (We love how he compares having a lead role on Broadway to being an elite athlete, and talks about how actors must condition themselves for the grueling schedule.)
Enjoy our interview and hear how this kid from Michigan ended up traveling through Italy eating white truffles with illustrious Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni, and then taking on the lead in the star-studded miniseries “Marco Polo”. You’ll also get on-set scoop from Ken’s big-budget studio picture, “Krull”, on which he did all his own stunts. (To go deeper into "Krull," check out this great behind-the-scenes featurette called “Journey to Krull" on YouTube.) He also shares tidbits from the set of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”.
Best of all, Ken picks up his guitar and shares his beautiful voice with us. Do not miss this moving musical performance, because once you hear why music is so important to him and his family, you’ll be a fan forever.
Danielle, Brian and Ken Marshall
Josie de Guzman and Ken Marshall
WEST SIDE STORY, 1980
Ken Marshall as Colwyn in KRULL
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