Andreas Wyder Explores Flawed White Men
Meet Andreas Wyder, a member of a stellar Ensemble portraying several different representations of toxic white masculinity in the upcoming NYMF production of Interstate. Most recently seen in the National Tour of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, he talks to us about puppies and Cats (the musical).
NAME: Andreas Wyder
PREFERRED PRONOUNS: He/Him/His
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
Originally from Farmington, Maine!
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN ACTING?
I’ve been performing ever since I first saw the musical Cats when I was 3! I started dance classes and singing lessons and doing community theatre.
WHERE HAVE WE SEEN YOU BEFORE?
The National Tours of How The Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical (Young Max), Peter Pan 360 (Nibs), Titanic: The Musical (Bellboy) and Off-Broadway productions of Kerrigan & Lowdermilk's The Bad Years and The Last Word at NYMF.
WHY DID YOU SAY YES TO INTERSTATE?
As a gay man (and human), this story where the characters are open, real, and grounded in their identities is so incredible. Interstate is universally relatable, no matter your age, race, gender, or life story! Everyone will be moved and affected, and I can’t wait to touch people’s hearts. Also, the music is unlike any new musical I’ve ever worked on before! The pop/folk/contemporary vibes are simply BRILLIANT, and my all-time favorite music to sing!
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT INTERSTATE?
The heart. This story is so carefully told, with such incredible detail, that it makes you fall in love with and relate to every single character. Also, the music is simply gorgeous and moves me to tears every time I hear it.
YOU PLAY EIGHT DIFFERENT CHARACTERS IN THIS SHOW, MOST OF THEM NOT VERY LIKEABLE. HOW DO YOU APPROACH THESE ROLES?
I’m very grateful that I’m being given the chance to shed light upon the unfortunate amount of racism/ignorance in our country from white men. Some of my characters are genuinely so ignorant that they don’t even know they are being offensive, and that is such an exciting task as an actor! To really dive into these people’s minds and figure out why they feel the way they do... it’s an actor’s dream!
CLEARLY, YOU'RE NOT ONE OF THOSE WHITE GUYS. WHO DO YOU MOST RELATE TO IN THE SHOW?
I very deeply relate to Henry’s story in this show, because after being on the Broadway National Tour of Grinch for 4 years, I have had teenagers reach out to me literally saying that my performance, pursuit of my dreams, and openness about my gay identity have given them hope and saved their lives from suicide. Reading messages like that is almost too much to handle, but the gravity of its depth is not lost on me at all, and I am humbled to shine light into those people’s lives.
ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE?
I created a popular backstage video blog while on the Grinch Tour called “PUPPY TALES” which can be found on BroadwayWorld and YouTube.