The Broadway veteran goes Off Script to discuss returning to his first love and getting his singing voice in shape before stepping into the smash revival opposite Bernadette Peters.
The last time Victor Garber was onstage in a Broadway musical was 1994. That was a revival of Damn Yankees, and his performance as the Mephistophelean Mr. Applegate earned him his fourth Tony nomination. Before that, his resume holds such celebrated musical credits as playing Anthony in the original cast of Sweeney Todd and John Wilkes Booth in Assassins.
While during the past 20-plus years he's remained busy in film (Argo, Milk, Titanic, The First Wives Club) and television, most recently as Dr. Martin Stein/Firestorm on DC Comics' Legends of Tomorrow, Garber is now back to singing eight times a week at the Shubert Theatre as the lovable curmudgeon Horace Vandergelder in Hello, Dolly! Garber and Bernadette Peters recently took over the roles originated in the smash revival by David Hyde Pierce and Bette Midler, respectively.
"When I got back into the rehearsal room, I realized that the theater, that was my first love," Garber says. "I loved doing television and movies too. But the theater is where it all started for me. I feel like I'm back to what I was meant to do.”
Garber sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to talk about dusting off his singing voice, working with Peters, and how this classic musical — winner of four Tony Awards last season — relates to 2018 audiences.