See Kyle Lowder in Andrew Lloyd Weber classic

Kyle Lowder

Emmy-nom­in­ated day­time act­or and stage star Kyle Lowder shows he’s more than just a hand­some face as he brings his vo­cal tal­ents and act­ing skills to The Me­dia Theatre’s pro­duc­tion of An­drew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amaz­ing Tech­nicol­or Dream­coat. Lowder ap­pears in the title role through Jan. 5.

The mu­sic­al is based on the “coat of many col­ors” story from the Bible’s Book of Gen­es­is, and fea­tures such songs as “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.”

In the story, Joseph is mis­treated due to jeal­ousy by his broth­ers, but gains prestige and wealth due to his nev­er-end­ing faith and self-con­trol.

Lowder says he’s a big fan of mu­sic­al theat­er and es­pe­cially An­drew Lloyd Webber: “I love his score for this show and it’s a priv­ilege to be singing such icon­ic songs dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son.”

In fact, Lowder’s love of mu­sic­al theat­er goes back to when he was just 5 and his par­ents took him to see Cats. He ad­mits from then on he was hooked.

“I was so fas­cin­ated by the show,” Lowder re­called. “But I didn’t see it as a kid just be­ing en­ter­tained by a bunch of mov­ing, liv­ing cats, but rather as people play­ing their roles and this was their job. And how lucky they were to have such won­der­ful jobs.”

Grow­ing up, Lowder said com­ing from a very ath­let­ic fam­ily he was heav­ily in­volved in sports, mainly foot­ball and base­ball. After high school, he briefly at­ten­ded the School of Visu­al and Per­form­ing Arts at Syra­cuse Uni­versity be­fore drop­ping out to pur­sue his dream of act­ing in Los Angeles — a dream he couldn’t get out of his head.

Mod­el­ing for awhile to “pay the bills,” he was fi­nally spot­ted by a cast­ing dir­ect­or, au­di­tioned for the role of Brady Black on Days of Our Lives, and was put un­der con­tract in 2000. In 2003 he was nom­in­ated for a Day­time Emmy Award as Out­stand­ing Young­er Act­or in a Drama Series.

He played the role for five years be­fore mov­ing on to take over the role of Rick For­res­t­er on The Bold and the Beau­ti­ful from 2007-2011. 

Dur­ing his run on the shows, writers oc­ca­sion­ally show­cased his singing tal­ents by present­ing him in mu­sic­al num­bers.

Today, Lowder spends much of his time show­ing off those tal­ents on the stage. 

In fact, he just starred as Sta­cee Jaxx in the Las Ve­gas com­pany of Broad­way’s Rock of Ages.

He says he’s now thor­oughly en­joy­ing his stage work. 

“I love try­ing to cre­ate char­ac­ters, es­pe­cially Joseph. I can’t re­late to him at all, ex­cept for his de­term­in­a­tion and per­sever­ance to be something in life, but I have to fig­ure out how I would re­act in that situ­ation, oth­er­wise he wouldn’t seem real.”

And al­though the show is of­ten seen as “campy,” Lowder says his job is to do more than simply dance across the stage and sing catchy tunes. 

“I want to por­tray the char­ac­ter on a deep­er level so that audi­ences can re­late on that, too.”

Con­sid­er­ing him­self very for­tu­nate to be do­ing what he’s do­ing, Lowder adds that “any­body who has a chance to do something they love for a liv­ing is truly blessed. The fact that I’m one of those people makes me con­sider my­self ex­tremely lucky and very, very grate­ful.” ••

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