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Amos Oliver III

When we found out that one of our very own ushers had been cast in Hairspray Live we couldn’t have been more proud! On December 7, 2016 Amos Oliver III and the rest of the cast of Hairspray Live performed in front of an audience of 9 million plus. After the whole exciting adventure, Amos took some time to chat with us about his experience.

Tell us a little about yourself. Where did you grow up? Where did you go to school? 

I was born in St. Petersburg, Florida. I went to College at The Boston Conservatory as well as the American Musical and Dramatic Academy-LA

How did you catch the musical theatre bug?

I’ve always been into performing. I’ve always loved being onstage and being able to play someone other than myself. It wasn’t until I was attending The Boston Conservatory until I really understood how much I loved musical theater.

How did you find out about Hairspray Live auditions?

I found out about Hairspray LIVE auditions through my agent. (Go 2 Talent Agency)

What was the audition process like?

The process was a lot of fun. We first learned some of the choreography to “Run and Tell That” and we auditioned it. We then got called back did some scene work and some singing and then we danced again!

What was the first thing you did when you found out you had gotten the part?

The first thing I did when I found out I was cast, was run around the living room of my apartment and scream!! Then once I calmed down I called my mom!

Did you know that your fellow ushers had put together a watch party to cheer you on?

I certainly did know that my fellow ushers threw a party! I thought it was incredibly sweet and I wish I could’ve been there to share such an amazing experience/moment with them!

(See the Facebook Live video of the ushers cheering on Amos)

Tell us how you prepared for this live event. What were rehearsals like?

Well I had been training for so long for something like that so all of my schooling and education really prepared me for that. I knew in my heart that this had always been a dream of, mine and that’s really what helped me stay focused and ready at all times. At the start of rehearsals, we rehearsed 8 hours a day, Mon-Friday! And once the event got closer than we began staying longer and working longer weeks!

On the day of the live event, what was the atmosphere on set?

OMG!!! Everyone was so excited and ready to change the world!! Everyone was so positive and so supportive and they were having such a great time!

What was it like working on set with a live audience?

Working on set was actually really fun for me. We were performing for TV, but we also had the energy of the live audience which really enhanced our level of performance.

What amazing memories will you be taking away from this experience? Any particular moments stand out to you?

Every single second of this experience will be a memory that I take away! NOTHING about this I could ever forget! Every moment was priceless and surreal.

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What’s next for you? What would be the ultimate dream job/role?

I am not quite sure what’s next for me, but I know it will be something incredible! The dream role job after doing Hairspray LIVE, would be performing it on Broadway!

What advice would you have for others pursuing this path?

No matter what anyone says, you can do whatever you put your mind to. You control your own destiny. I believe in that wholeheartedly.

You can catch Amos in Hairspray Live again December 26th at 8pm only on NBC!

 

 

Our Favorite Instamoments

We know most of you are used to hearing from us via our Facebook page but we want to draw some attention to our other favorite social media page, Instagram. Take a tour of our favorite instamoments.

That time Brandy starred in Chicago

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That time William Shatner came to see The Illusionists

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That time they changed the light bulbs in the lobby chandeliers

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That time Madame Tussauds let us borrow Captain Picard and the Captain’s Chair

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That time we took a photo from inside the grand chandelier

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That time Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein got their stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame 

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That time Constintine Maroulis was on The Soup promoting Jekyll and Hyde

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That time we had a little too much fun with Annie at Dodger Stadium

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That time we caught Don Attilio from Phantom of the Opera reading a magazine by the stage door

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That time Elder Price sang the National Anthem at Dodger’s Stadium

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That time Elphaba sang the National Anthem at a Clippers game

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That time we put up the holiday trees in the dark

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That time Jonathan Bennett stopped on the If/Then red carpet to take selfies with fans

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That time Sophie from Mamma Mia took over our Instagram

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That time Kristin Davis met Sandy from Annie

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That time we let Luke Godny, the understudy for all of the instruments for Once, take over our Instagram

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That time when both Mike Tyson and Spike Lee were on the red carpet together

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That time we had a mini Christine and Phantom at the theatre

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That time the cast of Motown was on Good Day LA

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That time a Newsie threw the first pitch at Dodger Stadium

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That time we gave the theatre a little touch up

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That time we had a speakeasy party before Bullets Over Broadway

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That time the cast of 42nd Street took over our Instagram and went to Universal Studios

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That time we held auditions for America’s Got Talent

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That time Weird Al came to see Donnie and Marie Osmond

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That time when Bill Berloni and Macy walked the red carpet for Annie

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And that time the marquee commented on the Beautiful sunset

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For more Hollywood Pantages Instamoments follow us on Instagram hollywoodpantagestheatre

Everybody Say Yeah!

It’s a rare thing to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame but to receive one along side a dear friend and colleague happens once in a life time. On Monday, April 11th Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein received their stars for their collaboration on the Tony Award winning Broadway show Kinky Boots right in front of the Hollywood Pantages.

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Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper introduced by Leron Gubler, President and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

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Sharron Osborne speaks on behalf of Cyndi Lauper

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Sharron Osborne, guest speaker for Cyndi Lauper

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Marissa Jaret Winokur speaks on behalf of Harvey Fierstein

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Marissa Jaret Winokur, guest speaker for Harvey Fierstein

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Official Walk of Fame certificates

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Tiffany Engen (Lauren) sings “History of Wrong Guys” from Kinky Boots

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Cyndi sees her star for the first time

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Harvey enjoying his star

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Poses with THE Kinky Boots

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Cyndi waves to her fans

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Harvey can’t get enough of his star

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Stars appropriately placed outside The Frolic Room

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Rock Star Pose

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Harvey signing autographs for fans

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Cyndi signs an autograph for a young fan

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Leah and daughter Abby show off their newly signed Kinky Boots Playbill