Tyrone Huntley has the voice of an angel and supreme acting skills. He’s just finished starring as CC in Dreamgirls and is currently in rehearsals to reprise the role of Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar at the Regent’s Park Open Air theatre later this summer. He’s already a star but he deserves even more praise for his outstanding performances and I can’t wait to see what more he does!
For anyone that doesn’t know, can you explain a little about your career and highlights so far?
I graduated from Mountview in 2011 and got my first job in the UK tour of Sister Act. My West End debut came straight after that in The Book of Mormon and since then I’ve been fortunate enough to work on other incredible shows including the original London casts of Memphis and Dreamgirls.
I read that you studied law and completed a degree in it whilst you were starring in The Book of Mormon and Memphis, how was it juggling the two?
It was difficult and extremely time consuming but ever so rewarding. I learned a lot and when I graduated I felt such a sense of pride and achievement.
Do you have any other hidden passions that you’d like to pursue?
I’d love to learn to play the piano proficiently and I really want to learn a language but a real aspiration of mine is to hone my writing skills. I write songs but I’m in awe of playwrights and novelists and those who have the imagination to create entire worlds out of nothing.
You’ve just finished playing CC in the epic, Dreamgirls. Is CC anything like you?
CC has some really enviable qualities that don’t sit naturally with me. Where CC is optimistic and positive thinking, I generally think the worst and I’m not surprised when things don’t necessarily go my way!! That said, I like to think I can relate to his ambitiousness, his caring nature and desire to make people happy.
Have you had any funny onstage or offstage mishaps whilst you’ve been in the show? Or any other shows?
I did Porgy and Bess at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre a couple of years ago which meant, like Jesus Christ Superstar, we were obviously performing outside. In the show I had a little featured singing bit – my big moment. One evening I was just about to sing my part but as I breathed in I inhaled a massive fly so instead of singing my one little solo song, I had a beautifully underscored coughing fit!
It’s so exciting that you’ll be returning to play Judas again at the open air theatre. What are the hardest and most exciting parts about playing the iconic role?
I’m very excited. It’s a great role in a great show and I get to perform at Regent’s Park again! The music is amazing and I’m looking forward to sinking my teeth back into it. That said, it’s very challenging vocally which means, more than usual, I have to look after myself and make sure I stay as fit and healthy as possible which means my already limited social life will have to take even more of a back seat!!
Besides yourself, who else would you like to see tackle the character of Judas?
I’d love to see my old mate Matt Cardle do it, he’d be perfect. Or thinking outside of the box maybe Eva Noblezada… she’d sound amazing.
I have to go through all of my lines for the next scene. I trust my short term memory way more than my long term memory and it puts me at ease just to check the lines are still there!
Tyrone and the cast of Jesus Christ SuperstarYou have a five minute break in rehearsals, what are you doing?
Is there a musical or play you’ve seen recently that you loved?
I saw Hamlet at the Harold Pinter a few weeks ago with Andrew Scott and Juliet Stevenson. I was completely blown away by everything about the production!
What’s a fun fact that people might not know about you?
It’s certainly not very fun but it’s extremely important to me. I HATE coriander. It’s poison!
What’s your best piece of advice for an aspiring performer?
Hard work doesn’t always pay off but if you put in the work, no one can ever take that away from you and you can always rest in the knowledge that you did everything you could. Be open – every experience, whether negative or positive, is an opportunity to learn.
A huge thank you to Tyrone for taking the time to do this interview.