Next Profile of the Month: Kyle Riabko!

Our next Profile of the Month will be Kyle Riabko, just in time for our stop in Toronto!

If you have a question for Kyle, please post them below. Questions are due Wednesday, March 11th.

Also, a reminder: Suggestions for things the cast should do while in Toronto are also due Wednesday, March 11th. Please post your ideas below.



Michelle said...

How often do you get to see Boots while you're on tour?

Katie said...

Are bananas your favorite fruit? :]

Katie B said...

Where on earth do you come up with the ideas for some of your songs & skits, like "I've Got A Dollar"?

What drew you to Spring Awakening?

What is your favorite part of being in the touring cast?

Anonymous said...

Are you single?! :)

Anonymous said...

Many of the Guilty Ones often question your sanity after seeing some of your backstage videos for Spring Awakening. How does this make you feel?

Anonymous said...

-What was it like working on Broadway for three months?

-Did Jonathan Groff give you any advice once you took over for Melchior? Anything memorable?

-Do you have any wild stories from the stage door? Have you ever been asked to sign anything strange? For example, a forehead?

Anonymous said...

"Song for Amanda" is such a great song. Did you ever get to meet Amanda Bynes?

Anonymous said...

How long did it take you to get comfortable during "I Believe" and was it a difficult scene to do when your parents saw the show for the first time?

Anonymous said...

What is your favorite thing to do backstage before a show?

Anonymous said...

Are you single? How long are you staying with the tour?

Julia said...

In all the videos I've seen, you always seem to be giving the Energizer Bunny a run for its money. Wherever do you find that energy?

Anonymous said...

Being a Canadian, do you feel like you are representing your country when you are performing? Does the cast tease you or make fun of you because you are from Canada?

Amber said...

There are numerous (valid) interpretations of the Melchior character - he can be played more sympathetically, more bold and almost bossy, colder/more aloof, and so on... Your interpretation feels very different in tone to me from Groff's and also different from other understudies I've seen. How do you see Melchior, and is it your view that shapes your approach to him or direction?

(My Toronto suggestion were posted in the last call weeks ago and I stand by them!)

Anonymous said...

Is there a food out there that you LOVE, but everyone else hates/thinks is disgusting?

What's your favorite comic strip?

Olivia M. said...

Kyle, you're absolutely amazing :)

What will you be doing after your last show in the tour cast? Any recording projects, leisure activities, or just anything?

And favorite memory so far on tour?


laurenshine said...

KYLE! When's the next time you plan on attending SXSW? Austin needs you!

Oh, and what are your top five favorite films of all time and why?

Symantha said...

Hey Kyle!

Who is your role model/idol (in or out of the business) and what was the most important thing they've taught you?

Also, what's your favorite quote?

Love Always,
Symantha from NJ.

Anonymous said...

What was your audition process for Spring Awakening like?

KATH; said...

toronto suggestions:
- visit muchmusic; a live show of much on demand. it'd be pretty sick if you guys were guests on the show, but to be a part of the audience, tickets are free--hells yes.
- visit the cn tower; that damn glass floor...
- go see the musical 'we will rock you' at the panasonic theatre. that show has been playing for a while now, extended so many times... it's gonna have some competition while spring awakening is in town. (:
- hockey hall of fame; c'mon, you're in canada.
- go to chinatown, maybe? on spadina.
- um, beaucoup de shopping. seriously.

...and, that's all i can think of right now.

Anonymous said...

Who is your favorite character in the show and why?

Anonymous said...

If you could play any character, other than Melchior, who would you want to play?

Have any of the cast ever teased you or Steffi about being Canadian?

What was it like on Instant Star?

Who do you miss the most while on tour?

Where do you get all that energy we see in backstage videos?

What's the hardest thing about tour life?

Anonymous said...

in your opinion, who is the most talented member in the tour cast, beside yourslef of course?

Liebert Hankfort said...

What is it like to be friends with Julie Benko??

Anonymous said...

Favorite memory from the tour?

During the scene where you are banished in the chair, is it hard to keep a straight face during the scene with Andy and Ben, and is it uncomfortable in the chair? What do you think of that whole time?

How long did it take you and your family to feel comfortable with "I believe"?

Do you ever get sick of doing the show again and again?

Anonymous said...

What is something special you and the cast have done outside of the show?

How long did it take for you and Christy to feel comfortable with each other in "I Believe"?

Irene (from Guam) said...

What advice do you have for someone like me who wants to be on Broadway?
What did you have to do to get to Spring Awakening?
Why did you choose to pursue musical theatre?

Anonymous said...

Will you marry me?
Or at least be my prom date?

Glynis (from Guam, which you really should visit) said...

What are your favorite scene and song from Spring Awakening?

Anonymous said...

Of all the guy cast members, which are you closest with?
How long have you been working in musical theatre? is this your first show?

Anonymous said...

what are the pros and cons of touring?
would you prefer working on broadway or in the touring cast? why?

Anonymous said...

When your family first came to see you in the show, was it awkward for you knowing they'd be watching you in "I Believe?"

Becky! said...

Toronto Suggestions:

***Salad King (thai restaurant). Just located down the street by Ryerson University (Yonge Street & Gould Street)www.saladking.com
It is a DELICIOUS place to go (all the University students head there for lunch daily). Note: it is seriously always busy, don't go in groups larger than 4...or you won't have much luck!

***Check out the Theatre School at Ryerson University. They have students studying acting, dance and production. The school is the only one of its kind within Canada! Depending on when you arrive into town / if you have time, you should check out "Choreographic Works" which is currently being shown at the theatre until March 14th. It showcases the choreography and talent of the 3rd and 4th year dance students. It is SERIOUSLY impressive! I promise you won't be dissapointed in their talents.

***Kensington Market (bohemian area with great shops, restaurants etc)..its NOT to be missed! www.kensington-market.ca

***Walk along Queen Street, it is a very trendy area with cutting edge clothing shops!

***St. Lawerence Market: amazing fresh fruits, veggies, meats, cheeses...if you plan on cooking for yourself during your stay - you MUST check the market out. You won't find quality goods like it anywhere else in the city. Saturdays are the special Farmers Market days, but any day of the week (closed on Mondays) will satisfy your needs. www.stlawrencemarket.com

***You should go to the CN tower (worlds largest free standing structure) just to say you've been - but it's not TOO exciting.

***We also have great museums and art gallerys (The ROM, AGO, Bata Shoe Museum) which are always interesting

***The Distillery District is a GREAT location! Very unique, in its own little world. Micro-breweries (taste some of our world famous beer!), SOMA chocolatier (mmm), unique restaurants, cafes and galleries. www.thedistillerydistrict.com

There are many lovely lovely places within Toronto, be sure to stray from the "tourist path" and get to know the REAL city! Enjoy your stay! <3

Gary said...

In the future, do you see yourself doing a lot more musical theater, or going more down the musician/recording artist track?

Anonymous said...

If a magical fairy was going to turn you into a vegetable, what would your first choice be?

Anonymous said...

Does Christy actually see you during "I Believe"?

Anonymous said...

What got you into musical theatre?

Anonymous said...

How do you feel about all these people asking you if you are single?

Who were some of your favorite people you toured with for your music career?

It's undeniable that you are an extremely talented guitarist; there are some people who compare your talent to John Mayer's. What are your thoughts on that?

Who are some musicians you look up to?

What are your top five favorite Beatles songs?

mei-ling said...

How would you compare touring with Spring Awakening to touring as a musician?

What's next - A new album? Touring? More acting? Extended break?

Some of us miss you. :)

mei-ling also said...

Can you please make "Looking For You" and "Shed Your Skin" downloadable?

Mads said...

Do you have any other musical roles you would like to play? What are they?

What is your favorite memory from the tour?

Anonymous said...

What was your favorite film that came out in 2008?

Anonymous said...

Is Spring Awakening Tour Cast ever going to make a CD?
Do you and Steffi D. still turn into Caesar Salad and Quiche?
Have you met Amanda Bynes yet?
What's your favorite musical and role to play?
Any favorite fan moments?

Anonymous said...

After musical theatre, will you go into film or tv acting? or just stick to music and theatre?

Nicole (from Long Island) said...

What has changed with your portrayal of Melchior from being on tour rather than Broadway?

Do you have a favorite person who has sat next to you on-stage? Who? Why?
(PS - I did on Broadway)

How tall are you?

Anonymous said...

If the Spring Awakening tour cast was back in High School, who would be voted...

1. Class clown
2. Biggest flirt
3. Most athletic
4. Best dressed
5. Best smile
6. Most intellectual

Lauren Noel said...


Do you still use your neti pot while you are on tour?

Anonymous said...

Do you add fans on Facebook?
What's your favorite part of the show?

Anonymous said...

Do you ever get bored? or is there always something you do to keep yourself awake and alive?

Do you have a sweet tooth? Would that explain your constant hyperness? (not saying i dont like your hyperness. :P you keep everyone on their toes and we all love that)

What's your favorite dessert?
If you could be an animal, what would you be?
Do you ever get tired of signing autographs for fans and taking pics with them?
Have you ever become a friend with a fan and still keep in touch?

Irene said...

What's your most embarrassing moment during a show?

Anonymous said...

Will you marry me? Or write me a song?

Guam Fan said...

Will you come to Guam?

Anonymous said...

Do you ever acknowledge or talk to the audience members sitting next to you onstage? Is the onstage audience ever distracting?

Tour cast should record a CD!

Anonymous said...

Will there be any more videos of you and Boots? I r miss the adventures of Boots and Kyle.

What has been your favorite city on the tour?

Anonymous said...

I know your busy on the road but when will you release some new songs?

Do you have any plans for when spring awakening sadly finishes?

Are you thinking about coming to Australia again?(please come)or do you think you could convince the Spring Awakening producers to send you guys from the tour cast to Australia??

How do you get inspiration for song writing?

Would you consider playing Melchior in Spring Awakening the Movie if they ever made one? (I think you should)

Love from Hayley

Anonymous said...

Just adding tyo my questions above...

Can you get the tour cast to make an offical Spring Awakening tour cast soundtrack??? we love the original broadway one but it needs updating

and what was that lovely little sound effect in your song bad advice? I'm curious to know what it is.

once agian lots of love from Hayley

Anonymous said...

it is said that you are dropping out of the Toronto run of the tour.
Is it a permanent droppout or will you come back to the tour?
Please clarify the situation. Thanks
love you kyle. Please don't leave.

A said...

Are you ok with having a non-creepy stalker? Because I think I may be just tha =P


Anonymous said...

Sometime after you leave the show, are you going to have a little tour?

If you are, where are some cities that you would like to go?

Would you come back to San Francisco again?

Erin said...

Honestly, do you ever remember fans you meet and take pictures with at the stage door? (Especially if you see the pictures all over facebook, myspace, etc)

Can we get another podcast, please?

Where can one obtain a neti pot?

What's your favorite scene to perform onstage? Why?

Love from Michigan! :)Thanks!

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