"Any Dream Will Do" sings the title character, Joseph, in Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. But for Anthony Fedorov, the former American Idol contestant and recording artist, who will don the multi-colored coat when that same show arrives at the Fox on June 26, those words aren't just lyrics in a play, but the theme of his own career that has evolved over the past 6 years. I had the chance to catch up with Anthony and talk about the show, his upcoming record and his musical journey so far.
BWW: Anthony, thanks so much for taking the time to talk with me today. I am excited to hear about the show and I know our readers will be too. We are really looking forward to Joseph in Atlanta!
Anthony Fedorov: Yeah, me too!
Let's start by talking about theatre. I am sure many of our readers will know you from your time on American Idol, but have you always been interested in doing theatre?
Well, it is something that I kind of fell into, to be honest. When I got off of American Idol my main focus was to try and get a deal and use that momentum to start my recording career. I happened to audition for The Fantasticks in New York in 2007 and it's just something that kind of happened by accident. Ever since that show I fell in love with musical theatre and it's now something that I absolutely love. It is one of the most unique art forms out there, and definitely the hardest art form, not just singing or dancing or acting, but everything combined and eight shows a week. If you are not ready for it it is going to break you down. It definitely has made me into a better artist altogether.
And Joseph seems to be a role you have had the chance to play rather often in the last few years, has it not?
AbsolutelY. Joseph, again is something that happens to follow me, which has been, honestly, the biggest blessing. I had never heard of the play until I actually started doing it, but then again, I didn't know much about musical theatre in the first place because it was not something I was focusing on. I got the opportunity to do Joseph the first time in Oklahoma City at the Lyric Theatre and it was something that was so different for me. The Fantasticks was such a small intimate show, but this was my first big stage performance and it really blew me away. What I love about Joseph is that I can really lose myself in this character. It is very liberating because even though the show is goofy and corny at times, the bottom line is that underneath that there is a real story and the show allows me to live my insecurities and my fears out loud. I have been down plenty of times and I still get down and I struggle just like Joseph does, and at the end of the play when I get that coat back in my hands, that coat represents all my dreams and all my hopes, everything that I want to accomplish and it's a nice reminder that no matter how tough things are, sooner or later I am going to get that coat, I am going to get those dreams and make it happen. It has been very rejuvinating for me artistically and personally to be able to play this.