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Personality Test: Greggory Brandt

| Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 3:09 p.m.
Kim Stepinsky | for TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
Saint Vincent College Theatre Producing Artistic Director, Greggory Brandt, poses for a portrait, inside the theatre at the Saint Vincent College Carey Student Center on Saturday evening, February 13, 2016.

Greggory Brandt, 48, of Unity is professor of theater and director of stage at St. Vincent College near Latrobe and also director of the professional St. Vincent Summer Theatre.

He grew up singing in church and school choirs in Altoona and earned bachelor's and master's degrees at Carnegie Mellon University, but his path to St. Vincent went through the bright lights of Broadway.

In fact, one of the first things you see when you enter his website (greggorybrandt.biz) is a quote from Robert Meffe, who spent more than six years as associate conductor of “Les Miserables” on Broadway: “We could count on him to sing any part at any time at a moment's notice. The show was always better with him singing in the company.”

Brandt's theater credits include “A Tale of Two Cities,” “Camelot” and “Bells Are Ringing.”

A baritone, Brandt has performed solo in St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York and with a number of festival choirs, orchestras and symphonies, including the Pittsburgh Symphony. His latest CD is “The Best of Broadway.”

One of his fondest memories is taking to the road in 2001 on an 11-month national tour with “Les Miserables.” What made the tour so special was the presence of his then-7-year-old son Eddie, who appeared as the street urchin Gavroche.

“We were the first father-son team to do ‘Les Miz,'” he says.

Now 22, Eddie continues to follow in Dad's footsteps as a senior popular music studies and theater major at Rider University in New Jersey.

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

Tom Hanks. He's dramatic but also very funny — a good guy.

Childhood hero:

My father. He taught me to work hard and to never give up on my dreams. Also, to remember what family I come from.

The piece of memorabilia from my childhood I wish I still had:

Michael Jordan rookie card

The superpower I wish I had in real life:

The ability to fly. It's just cool, and there isn't nearly as much traffic!

Favorite app:

Dropbox and forScore

Favorite season:

Fall

Favorite ethnic food:

Amazing Chicken (Chinese food)

I spend the most time on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other:

Facebook

The song I want played at my funeral:

“Adagio for Strings” by Samuel Barber and “I'll Be Seeing You”

Pick one: “Veep,” “House of Cards” or “Scandal”:

“Scandal”

The dessert that matches my personality:

Banana cream pie

The Disney character most like me:

The Beast from “Beauty & the Beast”

My favorite TV or movie villain:

Kevin Spacey as Keyser Soze in the movie “The Usual Suspects” (1995)

My favorite sandwich, plus fixings:

Sweet Lebanon bologna with Swiss cheese, mayo, lettuce and bread and butter pickles!

Movie I could watch every time it appears on cable:

“The Shawshank Redemption”

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

“Honesty” by Billy Joel

The best concert I've seen:

Michael Buble

The first band I saw in concert:

Journey at the Civic Arena in the 1980s

Celebrity crush:

Sandra Bullock

Favorite guilty pleasure:

Ice cream

Something I would do over if I could:

Play the piano better

Pick one: Pirates, Penguins, Steelers or other:

Steelers

My favorite Pittsburgh athlete:

Mario Lemieux

Favorite lunchtime spot:

Panera Bread

The movie that always makes me cry:

“The Green Mile” and “Philadelphia”

My most embarrassing junk food:

Barbecue potato chips

My favorite Pittsburgh pizza:

Hotel Loyal Pizza (Latrobe)

Pick one: Cheetos, Cheez-It or Cheerios:

Honey Nut Cheerios

I'm deathly afraid of:

Sharks

Top thing on my bucket list:

Swim with great white sharks (in a cage, of course)

Best vacation ever:

Aruba

Place I'd most like to visit:

Paris

In five years, I'd like to:

Be directing a musical on Broadway

My favorite thing about Pittsburgh:

The cultural arts opportunities

Three people I'd love to have dinner with:

Jerry Seinfeld, Tom Hanks and Mario Lemieux

One word my mother would use to describe me:

Kind

When I was 10, I wanted to be:

A professional baseball player

In high school, I was:

Voted most congenial and talented

If I could go back, I'd tell my teenage self:

To keep working hard and practice the piano!

My first job:

Singer in a country-gospel group

My worst job:

A waiter at Howard Johnson's restaurant

Favorite Pittsburgh-area landmark:

PNC Park

The person I'm most often mistaken for:

Blake Shelton

My most memorable fashion mistake:

Being underdressed for a dinner party

My most treasured fashion accessory:

My watch

The last book I read:

“Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway” by Michael Riedel

If I wasn't a musician-actor, I'd be:

A sports anchor on SportsCenter

My favorite website:

playbill.com

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

“Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson ... nothing else needs to be said.

Happiness is:

Game night with good friends and family

My personal motto:

Keep positive and always wear a smile on your face.

People would be surprised to know that I:

Have bowled two 299-point games

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