I was a late bloomer. I’ll admit it. It took me literal years to climb on board the Will Chase is Awesome Express.
In fact, it wasn’t until this winter, after seeing his performance as John Jasper in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, that I really got it. Sure. He’s always been disgustingly handsome, (you know, if you like that strapping, blonde, matinee idol sort of thing). But–and this may shock you–it takes more than looks to snag my attention and I guess I’d just never seen Will in a role that truly felt right.
But John Jasper. Oh, John Jasper. That dastardly, mustache-twirling, semi-villainous bro who rocked my world and made me love Will Chase. I owe you much for helping me see the light. And Will owes you much for giving him the opportunity to give such a ridiculously good performance as such a gleefully bad baddie. And, you know, for winning him the outrageously important Tony of My Heart.
‘Grats, Will. And please, come back to Broadway and chew scenery again soon. I really miss you now.
Photo: Joseph Marzullo