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Personality Test: George Dvorsky

| Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Broadway actor George Dvorsky, of Westmoreland County
Pittsburgh CLO
Broadway actor George Dvorsky, of Westmoreland County

George Dvorsky is truly a working actor.

Dvorsky, who grew up in Manor, Westmoreland County, has accumulated an extensive resume of appearances in Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional-theater productions. This summer, he's taking a leave of absence from his role as El Gallo in “The Fantasticks” at the Snapple Theater Center in Manhattan.

But you're unlikely to find him spending time at the beach.

He began his summer playing Pat Denning in Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera's “42nd Street” and followed that up with starring as Adam Pontipee in the company's “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” which runs through June 16 at the Benedum Center, Downtown.

Later this summer, Dvorsky will be at the Kansas City Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, Mo., where he will play one of his favorite roles — The Rev. Shaw Moore in “Footloose” from Aug. 5 to 11.

But he doesn't get much of a break in the interim.

In July, he heads to Genesee Depot, Wisc., for an intensive weeklong master class for actors at Ten Chimneys. Dvorsky is one of 10 actors invited to participate in the 2013 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program, which this year will be led by master teacher Alan Alda.

“He is not only a consummate leading man; he is an invaluable company member and company leader,” said Mark Hoebee, producing artistic director at Papermill Playhouse in Millburn, N.J., in recommending Dvorsky for the program. “He is an ambassador of musical theater who wholeheartedly commits to that role in every community in which he lands. He will literally shave his head (“Annie”), take off his clothes (“The Full Monty”), or even don a dress (“La Cage Aux Folles”) to entertain and delight the audience. He is a true triple threat; but more than that, he is a gentleman, a great artist and a wonderful human being.”

The star who would play me in the movie version of my life:

Some friends think Hugh Jackman should play me, but I've always liked Robert Hays (“Airplane”). He's quirky and funny. Hugh Jackman is too handsome. Besides, he sings through his nose.

Childhood hero:

Gotta go with my dad on this one. He knew everyone. And he was the one of the kindest people, a real gentleman. It's too bad he died when he was 49. He was a wonderful role model. I miss him.

Pick one:

A. Go-Gos

B. Goo Goo Dolls

C. Lady Gaga

D. Yo Gabba Gabba

Lady Gaga because I know nothing about A, B or D, and Lady Gaga is incredibly talented despite the outlandish getups.

The superpower I wish I had in real life:

I dream about flying a lot. I just push off of a wall and go for long distances.

The first stage play or musical I saw:

My parents took us to see Anna Maria Alberghetti in “The Sound of Music” at CLO when it was at the Civic Arena. They opened the dome for Act 2, and I'll never forget it.

I can't live without my iPod, cell phone, DVR or laptop?

iPod. I play music constantly, and walking around New York City, I always have it with me.

My favorite reality show:

I despise reality TV. Takes too many jobs away from real actors. But I do watch the singing-competition shows. That's the only reality TV I'll watch.

Three people I'd love to have dinner with:

Linda Ronstadt, President Obama, Hillary Clinton

If I wasn't an actor/dancer, I'd be:

Once I figure that out, I'm going to be it!

My most memorable fashion mistake:

I had a white belt that I pulled really tight when I was teenager.

App I wish I could invent:

I don't even have a smartphone. But if I had to invent one, I would want one that stops people from looking at their phones every 10 seconds when you're with them.

Favorite brunch food:

I'm partial to breakfast buffets. I could graze on that all day.

Best mistake I've ever made:

Going into show business

The best stage play or musical I've ever seen:

I got to see “Chess” in London with the original cast from the concept recording. It was thrilling.

Pick one:

A. Pirates

B. Penguins

C. Steelers

D. Other

E. I hate sports

Steelers. Always fun to see them in the Super Bowl.

My favorite Pittsburgh athlete:

Well, (recently), I watched Jason Grilli take the Pirates to a 5-3 win over the Tigers. It was exciting, and he came to the top of my mind.

Celebrity crush:

Olivia Newton-John

Favorite lunchtime spot:

The Cheesecake Factory. Then I can spend the rest of the day working off what I ate for lunch.

In five years, I'd like to:

See why I've chosen some of these answers.

If I was auditioning for “American Idol,” my song would be:

“The Wind Beneath My Wings”

Something I would do over if I could:

My high-school years. I couldn't wait to get out. Now, I wish I would have enjoyed them more.

When I was 10, I wanted to be:

A veterinarian, but then around 16, I got this mental block to sing.

Favorite guilty pleasure:

Ben and Jerry's Red Velvet Cake ice cream

Pick one:

A. Stephen Sondheim

B. Richard Rodgers

C. Andrew Lloyd Webber

D. John Kander

E. Stephen Schwartz

Richard Rodgers was a genius. The music he wrote with Larry Hart was so different from what he wrote with Oscar Hammerstein. It seemed that with every lyricist he wrote with, his music would change. I love that.

My favorite thing about Pittsburgh:

Going up to Mt. Washington at night and looking over the city.

Star I'd like to dance with on “Dancing With the Stars”:

Derek Hough. He has the best choreography, but I'm not sure who would lead.

One word my mother would use to describe me:


Saturday mornings, you'll find me:

Watching things I've DVRed through the week.

If I could live my life as someone else, it would be:

Olivia Newton-John's husband, John Easterling.

The first band I saw in concert:

I've never seen a band in concert. Always solo acts. Hmmmm.

The best concert I've ever seen:

Sandi Patty sang in a small church on Easter Sunday this year. It was like a private concert with one of the best voices ever!

Top thing on my ‘bucket list' to do before I'm gone:

Go to Australia. I've been around the world but never to Australia.

Best new gadget I've tried recently:

A mouse scanner

My favorite website:

The worst advice I ever received:

Don't give up Advanced Biology for Music Theory. I‘m glad I switched to Music Theory.

In high school, I was:

The Goody Two Shoes

The most famous person I ever became friends with:

George and Barbara Bush

The movie that always makes me cry:


My most embarrassing junk food:

Snowballs. Love the coconut and that gelatinous stuff it's stuck to. Don't know what it is, but it's good.

The last book I read:

Daniel Silva's “The Unlikely Spy”

My favorite Pittsburgh pizza:

When I was a kid, our favorite was Salerno's out here in Irwin. Really thick crust and square pieces.

Movie I could watch every time it appears on cable:

“The Sound of Music”

My first job:

Stock boy at Sears

My worst job:

Selling paint at Sears

The song that always gets me out on the dance floor:

“Play That Funky Music White Boy.” (Need I say more?)

People would be surprised to know that I:

Am a mean baton twirler

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