Ever since he debuted as a child actor in the London production of White Devil opposite Glenda Jackson, Adam Godley has put together an impressive stage career. Most recently, the actor appeared in New York in the acclaimed Private Lives, and in the recent Josh Harnett-led Rain Man stage show in the West End. While he’s acted his ass off on stage, one thing that had eluded the Englishman up until last week was singing and dancing on the Broadway stage.
In Anything Goes, the acclaimed Sutton Foster/Joel Grey revival of the classic Cole Porter musical currently playing at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, Godley portrays the hilarious, and, yes, singing and dancing Lord Evelyn Oakleigh opposite Broadway royalty Sutton Foster and Joel Grey. I caught up with the scene-stealer just hours before the show’s April 5th opening night performance (rave reviews would follow the morning after), and asked him why this show seemed right for testing those vocal chops and dancing shoes for the first time. I also asked him about another role that he’s constantly recognized for even though it’s rather brief. In the modern holiday classic Love Actually, the actor played a small role as a teacher leading a school Christmas production and gets stopped all the time by fans of the film, but more on that later. Read on…
You premiere tonight… how are your nerves?
I’m trying not to think about it. [Laughs] Well, in the UK, the first night is also press night. All of the press comes out so it’s sort of a nightmare. There’s slightly less pressure in a way. It’s more of a celebration than a trial by fire.