About Face Theatre Leading Man Ready For Broadway Debut
Alex Weisman will perform in the upcoming production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
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Performing on Broadway has been Alex Weisman's biggest dream for as long as he can remember. Looks like he can finally say his dream is coming true.
The Chicago actor recently received news that he was cast in the U.S. premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The two-part play is based on a new original story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. The play takes place 19 years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
“The whole thing is insane,” Weisman said. “It still hasn’t quite hit me yet. I can’t wait to go up to J.K. Rowling and say TELL ME EVERYTHING!”
Weisman was in an Uber when he got a call from his agent, Dawn Gray, saying he was offered a role in the production.
“I instantly blurted out ‘Oh my God, Dawn!” Weisman said while chuckling. “It just so happened my Uber driver was also named Dawn and she immediately thought something was wrong and pulled over.”
Although he can’t say which characters he will be playing or when he will be moving to New York to start rehearsals just yet, Weisman is thrilled that fellow Chicago actors Jessie Fisher and James Romney will be joining him as part of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child cast.
“I think it’s great that we will be able to represent Chicago in this project,” Weisman said.
Weisman is no rookie to the spotlight. In fact, he started off as a baby model in South Florida, which led to commercials and eventually working for professional theaters in Miami. He came to Chicago to study theatre at Northwestern University and never turned back.
Weisman currently serves as an associate artist at both TimeLine Theater and About Face Theatre. He is now busy in rehearsals for AFT’s upcoming production Significant Other, a melancholy rom com that runs Nov. 3 – Dec. 9 at Theater Wit. Weisman plays the main character, Jordan Berman, a gay single man in New York City forced to watch his close friends get married en mass while Mr. Right is nowhere in sight. The play is by Joshua Harmon and directed by AFT Artistic Associate Keira Fromm.
“I first saw it (Significant Other) on Broadway last year and it totally affected me because I related to the character (of Jordan) so much,” Weisman said. “I told About Face we had to do the play and it all came together quite quickly.”
To see Weisman in Significant Other before his big move to Broadway, visit theaterwit.org or call (773) 975-8150 for tickets.
Theater Wit is located at 229 W. Belmont, Chicago IL 60657.