Jeremy Pope hasn’t had a day off in weeks.
That tends to happen when you work on two Broadway shows at once. Until last Sunday, the 26-year-old actor had been starring in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s “Choir Boy,” while also preparing to do the same in the musical “Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations.”
The morning after Mr. Pope took his final bows for “Choir Boy,” which continues through March 10, he was in tech rehearsals for “Ain’t Too Proud.” He should be very tired — or at least his voice should be — but he is maintaining preternatural enthusiasm and energy, both onstage and off.
“I just go day by day,” Mr. Pope said over breakfast near the Imperial Theater, where “Ain’t Too Proud” begins preview performances this week. “I can’t give any power to stressing out, because that’s when my voice will want to fail out, or that’s when I get anxiety over things I have no control over.”
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If he does let his guard down, it’s to talk tenderly about Pharus, his character in “Choir Boy,” an endearing high-school singer who is black, queer and full of love for God. In giving his final performance, Mr. Pope was saying goodbye to a role he has carried with him for years: The play’s run Off Broadway, in 2013, was his first professional job.
Since then, Mr. McCraney has won an Oscar, for his “Moonlight” screenplay, and popular culture seems hungrier than ever for black stories like the ones presented by him and his peers, like Barry Jenkins and Lena Waithe. The play’s choreographer, Camille A. Brown, is making work on the scale of national television.
But some things haven’t changed. Mr. Pope is as bright-eyed and boyish as when he first played Pharus. And the show’s themes and references — one student is chastised for running his mouth “like Kanye at a press conference” — are as fresh as when they were first spoken in 2013.
The final scene of “Choir Boy” is, fittingly, a graduation — a farewell to a phase in Pharus’s life, and now Mr. Pope’s as well. Over breakfast, he talked about letting go of this role and what the play has meant to him and its fans. Here are edited excerpts from the conversation.
How are you conscious right now?
I’ll do the rehearsals, do the show, go home and order food. I’m also on a lot of vitamins. But I feel really good. This season has been all about massages, and a lot of going home, sitting down and watching cartoons: “The Proud Family,” a little “SpongeBob.” My favorite show is actually “Martin,” the sitcom from the ’90s. Everything is light right now. I feel like, if I think about what I have to do in the coming days or weeks, I’ll get overwhelmed.
You were onstage for almost every scene of “Choir Boy.” Do you get to rest a little in “Ain’t Too Proud”?
It’s basically the same! I’m still onstage a lot as the Temptations. “Choir Boy” had dance and music, but this is a musical. So it’s cardio. I do have a microphone now, though. It’s so nice to have, and to have a band and background singers, to be supported in that way.
It’s a cliché to describe a cast as a family, but the one in “Choir Boy” is so small, and you guys have to be literally in tune with one another throughout the show. How did it feel to leave that behind?
I knew it would be emotional, and I want to remember these moments. I want to remember the anxiety, the excitement. Because I know that I’ll blink and it will be over. I hadn’t yet processed that I was leaving the show — leaving my boys. They held my back through everything, and I’m just so grateful to them. Even as a technical aspect, you have to lean on your brothers and their parts when you sing. It built such a strong dynamic between us.
You’ve mentioned that while developing the production, the cast shared their own stories about how they relate to “Choir Boy.” What was yours?
Back in 2013, when we were in previews I was walking home. It was the night of the Tony Awards; Patina Miller had just won [for best actress in a musical]. Someone punched me in the face, I think because I was wearing a blue polka-dot shirt. It threw me off, having to come into work the next day and do a monologue about being punched — with a real black eye.
There are certain things about Pharus that have happened to me that I feel, that I know, that I grew up with. I think all of us can relate to being in a barber shop, around that toxic masculinity. I think that’s why we have been receiving so many messages from people who saw the show. I realized how important and special and rare it was to see a black gay lead take ownership of a narrative and be the focal point of the night.
So many people have shared thank-yous. A fragment of their life was shown. It feels so important for me, Jeremy Pope — not the actor, but me as a black man.
How do you respond to people in the audience who reach out?
A lot of them come to the stage door. A lot of times it would just be a hug. Sometimes they would be speechless, still processing what they just saw. We once did a student matinee. A lot of them sent messages saying “Thank you,” “It was so special,” “It was so good,” “It felt black.”
It was just reminders about how important the story is. And it was important to me, no matter how crazy the day was, to just take a minute to throw all that away and show up. Show up for Pharus. His story is too special.
What was going through your head during the graduation scene at your last show?
It felt like a real graduation. I really took that moment to look out to the audience and make the decision that I feel like Pharus is going to be O.K. You’re going to breathe, and you’re going to keep going.
I got this text from my mom: You gave birth to Pharus, and you allowed him to grow. But now this is you letting him go, and he’ll soar.B:
香港六彩铁算盘3马“【还】【不】【会】【这】【么】【巧】，【正】【好】【是】【到】【了】【他】【们】【炼】【制】【转】【生】【眼】【的】【时】【候】【吧】！”【夜】【有】【些】【疑】【惑】，【同】【时】【也】【有】【些】【惊】【奇】。 “【如】【果】【真】【的】【是】【那】【样】【的】，【那】【可】【就】【真】【的】【是】【撞】【大】【运】【了】【啊】……”【夜】【嘴】【角】【扬】【起】【一】【丝】【微】【笑】，【然】【后】【身】【体】【瞬】【间】【加】【速】！ 【而】【随】【着】【距】【离】【越】【来】【越】【近】，【夜】【的】【面】【色】【也】【越】【来】【越】【好】【了】。【因】【为】【他】【发】【现】，【自】【己】【还】【真】【的】【是】【撞】【到】【了】【这】【个】【大】【运】！ 【直】【到】【他】【来】【到】【了】【这】
“【说】，【我】【们】【在】【你】【地】【下】【室】【找】【到】【的】【脚】【链】【是】【干】【什】【么】【用】【的】？” 【审】【讯】【室】【里】，【鲁】【达】【在】【审】【问】【着】【被】【束】【缚】【着】【的】【常】【天】。 “【链】【子】【是】【我】【用】【来】【养】【狗】【的】。” “【狗】【呢】？” “【跑】【了】。” 【鲁】【达】【无】【奈】【的】【摇】【了】【摇】【头】。 “【我】【们】【在】【脚】【链】【的】【内】【环】【找】【到】【了】【人】【类】【女】【性】【的】DNA，【你】【怎】【么】【解】【释】？” “【那】【可】【能】【是】【我】【手】【下】【哪】【个】【的】【那】【个】【马】【子】，【过】【来】【逗】【狗】【的】
【贾】【珑】【的】【煞】【费】【苦】【心】，【并】【没】【浪】【费】【表】【情】。 【弹】【幕】【上】【一】【片】【的】【感】【谢】【言】【论】。 【在】【无】【数】【人】【发】【声】，【说】‘【学】【到】【了】’、‘【明】【白】【明】【白】’【之】【类】【言】【语】【中】，【贾】【珑】【笑】【的】【丹】【凤】【眼】【都】【弯】【弯】，【很】【是】【开】【心】【的】【样】【子】。 【只】【要】【有】【人】【真】【心】【学】【会】，【哪】【怕】【一】【百】【个】【人】【里】【只】【有】【一】【个】【人】【听】【明】【白】，【那】【就】【是】【数】【以】【十】【万】【计】【的】【人】【数】，【真】【发】【生】【些】【什】【么】【意】【外】【情】【况】，【十】【万】【人】【不】【仅】【能】【自】【保】，【还】【能】【教】香港六彩铁算盘3马【有】【些】【人】，【在】【面】【对】【第】【七】【重】【天】【时】，【很】【容】【易】【度】【过】【此】【劫】，【而】【有】【些】【人】，【或】【许】【耗】【尽】【一】【生】，【都】【走】【不】【出】【那】【道】【门】【槛】。 【经】【过】【一】【番】【厮】【杀】，【玄】【月】【背】【着】【苧】【茜】【杀】【出】【了】【重】【围】，【只】【是】【身】【后】【还】【是】【有】【一】【批】【人】【穷】【追】【不】【舍】。 【对】【于】【玄】【月】【来】【说】，【他】【已】【经】【手】【下】【留】【情】【了】，【便】【没】【有】【伤】【到】【五】【位】【天】【罡】【星】【君】，【只】【是】【杀】【了】【一】【些】【天】【兵】【以】【及】【天】【罡】【兵】。 “【怎】【么】【办】，【他】【们】【还】【是】【穷】【追】【不】【舍】
【阿】【姨】【识】【趣】【的】【先】【出】【去】，【南】【栀】【只】【好】【自】【己】【哄】【着】【宝】【宝】。 “【南】【栀】，【去】【找】【北】【辰】【吧】，【他】【会】【负】【责】【的】。”【李】【子】【羽】【想】【了】【很】【久】【似】【的】，【眼】【里】【闪】【过】【复】【杂】，【声】【音】【微】【微】【一】【颤】。 【南】【栀】【淡】【淡】【的】【笑】【了】，【眼】【眶】【有】【些】【水】【光】，【压】【低】【声】【音】【说】：“【我】【知】【道】【他】【会】，【但】【是】【我】【不】【想】【让】【他】【知】【道】。” 【李】【子】【羽】【那】【句】【为】【什】【么】【没】【有】【说】【出】【口】，【因】【为】【她】【的】【神】【情】，【那】【句】【为】【什】【么】【已】【经】【没】【有】【多】
【肖】【沐】【不】【以】【为】【然】，【平】【静】【道】：“【合】【作】，【也】【应】【该】【建】【立】【在】【实】【力】【相】【差】【不】【大】【的】【基】【础】【上】。【实】【力】【相】【差】【太】【大】，【杜】【先】【生】【真】【以】【为】【能】【合】【作】【的】【下】【去】【吗】？” 【杜】【匡】【脸】【色】【连】【变】【数】【遍】，“【肖】【先】【生】【说】【的】【也】【有】【道】【理】，【既】【然】【这】【样】，【我】【愿】【冒】【险】【一】【试】，【希】【望】【肖】【先】【生】【手】【下】【留】【情】。” 【肖】【沐】【和】【气】【道】：“【杜】【先】【生】【不】【必】【忧】【虑】，【我】【说】【的】【衡】【量】【实】【力】，【只】【需】【要】【碰】【撞】【一】【下】【气】【息】【就】【可】【以】【了】
【慕】【沉】【把】【自】【己】【查】【到】【的】【事】【情】，【包】【括】【景】【麒】【亲】【口】【承】【认】【的】【内】【容】【都】【告】【诉】【了】【慕】【培】【新】。 【慕】【培】【新】【看】【着】【手】【上】【的】【这】【一】【份】DNA【鉴】【定】【报】【告】，【陷】【入】【了】【良】【久】【的】【沉】【默】。 【之】【前】【他】【只】【做】【了】【他】【和】【于】【蔓】【芝】【的】DNA【鉴】【定】，【并】【且】【还】【自】【信】【满】【满】【的】【认】【为】【这】【样】【子】【就】【足】【以】【证】【明】【景】【瑜】【的】【身】【份】【了】。 【可】【是】【现】【在】【慕】【沉】【拿】【来】【的】【报】【告】，【白】【纸】【黑】【字】【写】【着】【景】【瑜】【和】【于】【蔓】【芝】【之】【间】【的】DNA