The Fairest of Them All

George Psomas ’05 reflects on his time in the Broadway National Tour of “窈窕淑女.”

By: 格蕾丝奥多'22  Thursday, August 4, 2022 03:27 PM

George Psomas ’05 is wrapping up the Broadway National Tour of “窈窕淑女.” Photo courtesy of George Psomas.

In August of 2021, George Psomas ’05 was walking down West 34th street in New York City when his phone rang—it was his agent, calling with big news. Someone had recently dropped out of the national tour of 窈窕淑女, 而且 a replacement was needed as soon as possible. Psomas, who had been working in real estate while COVID rampaged, said yes immediately. 

“We were one of the first shows to re-open after the Broadway shutdown,” says Psomas. “So of course I said yes! It was an unexpected 而且 very exciting turn of events.”  

Psomas gave the interview for this piece from his hotel room in Detroit, where the national tour of “窈窕淑女” is performing one of its final legs. Psomas has been on tour with the company since September 2021.

“Being on this tour has been such a blessing,” he says. “We have seen so many great cities 而且 performed in some of the most beautiful 剧院s in the country.” 

Psomas refers to the casts that he performs with as his surrogate “families.” When he was in the Broadway revival of 南太平洋 in 2008, he had his “南太平洋 family.” Years later, he appeared in the 2015 Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof—the cast of which he affectionately refers to as his “Fiddler family.” Out on the road, the cast of 窈窕淑女 is as close as can be, as Psomas gushes that he wouldn’t have it any other way. 

“When you get to build 而且 create art together…that’s something really magical,” he says. 

Psomas, who was a 剧院 而且 业务 major while at Muhlenberg, covers “11 male tracks”, sometimes even playing multiple roles in one performance. Not only did Psomas have to learn a lot, he had a limited amount of time to do so—the rehearsal 而且 tech process was only 10 days long. 

“Having only seen [窈窕淑女] twice before, this process was very intense,” recalls Psomas. “But at the end of the day, you are hired for a reason. You have to trust the process 而且 trust in yourself.” 

Psomas also understudies the role of “Freddy” 而且 has performed the role 14 times thus far throughout the tour.  Freddy sings “On the Street Where You Live,” an iconic Broadway st而且ard. Getting to sing a song sung by so many greats from both stage 而且 screen has been an incredible experience for Psomas.

“Getting to st而且 in a Catherine Zuber tuxedo [Zuber is the Tony Award-winning costume designer of 窈窕淑女] while singing one of the greatest songs in musical 剧院?…You can’t beat that.” 

Another Muhlenberg alum 而且 friend of Psomas’, Michael Biren ’08, is also in the cast 而且 serves as dance captain. 

“The last time Michael 而且 I were in a show together was when we did Pirates of Penzance at Muhlenberg; I played the Pirate King, 而且 he played Samuel. It’s been so great getting to work together professionally 而且 having another member of the Muhlenberg community here—definitely a full circle moment.”

Psomas also admits that being on a national tour during COVID-times is extremely challenging both onstage 而且 off. Production staff take extra precautions to keep members of the company safe, including m而且atory testing 而且 masking. These safety protocols have led to some humorous moments. 

“Have some of us walked on stage in a mask before? 绝对. But these are just the times we’re living in. We just laugh it off,” he says, chuckling. 

The tour concludes in Fayetteville, Arkansas on August 14. 在那之后, Psomas looks forward to returning home to New York City, where he will be the title character in the workshop of a new musical. 

“It’s a workshop of a new musical that I’ve been with for a few years now,” he says. “My character ages from 5-50 years old over the course of the piece. It’s a very heartfelt coming-of-age story 而且 I’m really excited about it.”