The Definitive Q&A with B.J. Cleveland!

We’re super excited for our upcoming mainstage production, TOPSY TURVY. We’re also super-DUPER excited to have back onstage with us renowned actor and comedian B.J. Cleveland!

The Dallas Morning News calls B.J. “legendary,” and he’s won a bunch of awards for his outstanding performances, but we wanted to know who the real B.J. Cleveland is. So we asked him some questions…


Okay, B.J. You have a free Friday night. What do you do?

If I’m not IN a show, I’m AT a show. I love to see it all… but I’ll also go see ANY movie just to sit in the dark and chill.


What was the last thing you took a picture of?

A selfie taken of me as Liza Minnelli and Janelle Lutz as Judy Garland just seconds before we walked onstage at Uptown Player’s Broadway Our Way!


If you could choose your last meal, what would it be?

A huge batch of white chocolate macadamia nut cookies and a gallon of milk!


What’s the last thing you Googled?

Oscar Wilde. Researching more of his life history for my upcoming role in the musical A Man of No Importance about a Dublin bus conductor who admires and mirrors his life.


What’s the most outrageous costume you’ve worn onstage, and what show was it for?

Hahahaha. A small apron open in the back, red pumps, a sun hat, earrings and nothing else. The show: Love! Valour! Compassion!
Runner up may have been as Edwina from Ab Fab in Broadway Our Way this past weekend.


What’s your favorite role you’ve played?

That’s like choosing the favorite of your children. Max Bialystock in The Producers. Comic heaven.


If you were stranded on a desert island, what are three things you’d take with you? Why?

  A memory foam mattress because you’ve gotta get a good nights sleep. The complete works of John Irving – he’s my favorite author to read. And Zac Efron – you ask me why????


Speed round: Dogs or cats?

Dogs, dogs, dogs. I love them all; I’d have hundreds if I could.


Barbra or Cher?

AUGH. Sophie’s Choice. I’ll say Babs. Broadway, film, music. EGOT GODDESS.


Boxers or briefs?

Trunks. Not too tight, not too loose. I don’t like anything tight on my thighs… except hands.


Cowboy boots or stilettos?

Stilettos!! They make your legs so much better!! And they’re always funny.


Let’s talk about our big upcoming show. What are you most excited about for TOPSY TURVY?

A great song from a FUN musical and, of course, I love my Turtle friends and sharing the stage with them.


What should be people expect in TOPSY TURVY?

Even I don’t know what to expect from TOPSY TURVY. Looking like it’s going to be A LOT of fun with great arrangements!


Don’t miss TOPSY TURVY – Songs You Thought You Knew
From Britney Spears to Mumford and Sons, folk songs to rock-and-roll, Topsy Turvy is an energetic night of musical adventures you won’t forget.
March 23-24 at Dallas City Performance Hall


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