Role Playlist: Andy Karl On How Bruno Mars, Chris Cornell and Pavarotti Prep Him For 'Pretty Woman'


"Music is significant to me as an actor," says Andy Karl.

The Broadway veteran, identified for his versatility (amongst different roles, he's performed Rocky in Rocky and Phil Connors in Groundhog Day, for which he acquired his most up-to-date Tony nomination), is at the moment taking part in rich businessman Edward Lewis within the blockbuster Pretty Woman: The Musical.

For Billboard's Role Playlist sequence, digging into the music Broadway actors hearken to whereas getting ready their characters, Karl shared his go-to tunes to get pumped for strolling onstage as Edward every evening.

Check it out beneath.

"Rodeo Drive," Orfeh, Original Broadway Cast of Pretty Woman

Karl's spouse Orfeh, who performs Kit De Luca in Pretty Woman, "tears this music up! She simply blows this one out of the water."

"Finesse," Bruno Mars

"I take advantage of this on these days the place I must look so good within the mirror. Brush my shoulders whereas lookin’ pimpin’ in my Tom Ford fits."

"Come Fly with Me," Frank Sinatra

"Sinatra is confidence, fashion and effortlessly clean. I sing this each day earlier than a present."

"As Hope and Promise Fade," Chris Cornell 

Karl lately found this music from Cornell's dwell Songbook album. "I used to be all the time a fan of his music, and when he handed it affected me. I began listening deeper to his work," he says. "This music is a rock vocal masterpiece and a terrific lyric. He will get to my soul, which I should be in contact with."

"Run To You," Bryan Adams

"When I want that 'sound' we use in our present, I flip to the person himself," says Karl of Adams, who co-wrote the music and lyrics for Pretty Woman. "Bryan Adams could be very distinctive and you'll hear his, and [co-composer/lyricist] Jim Vallance's fashion in Pretty Woman very clearly."

"For the Love of Money," The O'Jays

"Funky, chunky, make that cash! Like it or not, my character, to start with of the present, is quite a bit like Donald Trump within the enterprise sense. Money shouldn't be an object, and it’s all the facility one wants. Or is it?"

"Un dí, felice, eterea" from La Trata, Giuseppe Verdi

"Ah, Pavarotti!" Karl exclaims. A section of Verdi's traditional opera is utilized in Pretty Woman, and Edward is an opera lover. "His mom launched him to it, and later he introduces opera to Vin. It’s then that Edward watches her and utterly falls in love."

"Time For War," Hungry For Success: Motivational Speeches and Workout Music

At nearly each present, Karl admits he listens to this "for 5 minutes earlier than I am going on stage to present my character that enterprise motivation. It's very useful to place myself in a billionaire's sneakers."