Edward Hibbert, best known for his role as Gil Chesterton on TV’s Frasier as well as his stage performances in Curtains, Jeffrey and The Drowsy Chaperone, will debut his new solo show Can’t Something Be Done? at 54 Below on February 11 and 18. Hibbert will share personal stories and songs by Cole Porter, Noel Coward and more. Below, he discusses how Coward has inspired him, the Sondheim song he loves most and why he gets strange looks at the gym.
What record/album was your favorite growing up?
Noel Coward at Las Vegas and the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Company.
What concert most influenced you as a performer?
Barbara Cook when she made her London cabaret debut at the Donmar Warehouse and Elaine Stritch at Liberty!
What is your go-to audition song?
A lesser known Noel Coward song, "I Like America."
What song are you most excited to perform in your show?
Two songs written by my musical director, Sam Davis.
What musical theater track is the most played on your iPod?
"The Ladies Who Lunch."
If you could invite any performer onstage for a duet at 54 Below, who would it be?
My dear friend, the sublimely talented Christine Ebersole.
What musical theater performer from the past do you wish you could collaborate with?
What album was the soundtrack to your 20s?
What's your favorite love song?
"With So Little To Be Sure Of" by Stephen Sondheim, from Anyone Can Whistle.
What song makes you feel sexy?
Almost anything by the late, great Amy Winehouse.
What is your favorite workout track?
Am I the only person playing the overture to Gypsy while on the treadmill?! Well, I live in the West Village...so probably not!
Favorite break-up song?
"I Don't Remember Christmas," a brilliant song by Maltby and Shire from Starting Here, Starting Now.
What song most makes you smile?
My father, Geoffrey Hibbert, singing "It's Never Too Late To Fall in Love," from the Broadway cast recording of The Boy Friend.
When this song plays, I can't help but dance:
Check out the debut of Edward Hibbert's entertaining new show Can't Something Be Done? at 54 Below on February 11 and 18.