Alexis Willoughby, "Yitzhak"


Q: You play the role of Yitzhak, who is Hedwig's loyal assistant and husband. What was your biggest challenge in playing a man?

A: I’ve always considered myself a tomboy so going into this role I thought the accent was going to be my biggest hurdle. I seriously underestimated how physically difficult it would be for me to play a masculine character. The first thing I became aware of is how often I cross my legs when I sit. I spend the majority of the show sitting, so I had to start paying extra attention and thinking of different ways of sitting to avoid defaulting to what feels more comfortable. Then, during rehearsal, Christy called me out for popping my hip when I stand, I do this due to an issue with my ankles and 90% of the time I don’t even realize it. So now I can neither sit or stand without thinking about it which sounds crazy. Another struggle, one that I don’t have to think about, is my body shape. It’s no secret that I’m physically female - as a matter a fact if you’ve seen me in a show with Christy in the past my chest has been on display for all to enjoy. So disguising a DD chest is also a potential struggle of playing a man. I think everything will work out though through the combined powers of JCam and Amazon Prime. 

Q: What is your favorite part of the show and why?

A: My favorite part of the show in all honesty is watching Lance. I’m not trying to kiss his ass or anything but he is so insanely talented that I don’t even mind when he verbally abuses me. My favorite scene is the one leading up to “Sugar Daddy,” when Hedwig tells the story of how he met his first husband, Luther. It’s such a sad story but so well-acted, and watching Lance have a conversation with himself as three different people is worth the price of admission. 

Q: Not counting this show, do you have a favorite rock musical? (And why?)

A: I have always been a fan of alternative theatre and really fell in love with acting when the rock musical became more mainstream. The first show I ever saw on Broadway was “RENT,” so obviously it holds a special place in my heart. I am also a huge “American Idiot” fan despite not liking Green Day. When Lance directed it he didn’t cast me, it’s fine.... but I would still love to do that show one day. I also love “Rock of Ages” and literally want to play all of the female roles and Drew so if anyone’s casting let a girl know.