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Introducing Ricky Rojas – our newest Joseph!  
Meet Ricky - who is covering the role until Gareth Gates takes over on February 9th

Ricky Rojas plays brother Levi in the show but has also covered the role of Joseph since it opened at the Adelphi in June 2007.  After Lee’s departure Ricky now takes up the coat “full-time” until Gareth Gates dons the Technicolor robe on February 9th.  

Have you ever googled yourself?
Yeah, who hasn’t!  I think I was second on the list, it had some photos of me in Buddy and Grease, and obviously as Levi – which is the part I play when I am not playing Joseph.  I go back to that role once Gareth takes over as Joseph. 

Are you superstitious?  Do you have any rituals before or after a performance?
Since the beginning of the run all the brothers get together before the curtain goes up and stand in a circle with our hands together and do a little chant! We also do a little dance but this has been getting more and more elaborate as the run progresses and we add more to it!  And as you can see from the video of Lee’s last night, as the curtain goes down we all do a little countdown at the end of the show.  It can get a bit silly but it is great to put us all at ease.

Do you have any phobias?

How would you like to spend your perfect day off?
Spending it at home with my wife and my new baby boy – Raphael (Ricky became a father for the first time in December).  Or playing the guitar and writing some songs.  I also fix guitars in my spare time.

Do you have any guilty pleasures?
I would have to say expensive guitars.  Not that I have a lot of them, but I am always searching eBay for old, rare guitars that I can buy and restore.

What kind of genre of music do you like?
I like blues. And Rock’n’Roll.  My interest in that music stemmed from my days in Buddy.  I didn’t really know very much about Rock’n’Roll until I started in that – my first – show.  That was also when I learnt to play guitar and learnt the blues riffs.  

Where would you like to be in 5 years time?
That’s a good one!  Your priorities change.  I would love to be a professional song writer in the long term but now I have a family I need to think about security!  I would love to record my own songs.  When my jamming partner Lee was in the show we started writing together and although he has now left I am sure we will continue.

What is your favourite part of the show?
I really like Canaan Days.  We have a great bunch of brothers who have really gelled well and this number is great fun.  Also – the end of the megamix, when you are checking your pulse to make sure you are still alive!  The megamix is a killer – it’s like an aerobics work out.  Although the dancing isn’t all that tricky, it is over 8 minutes long and it’s tough.  We should produce a Keep Fit video of it!

Have you ever had any scary moments in the show?
I think the scariest thing was when I went up on the cherry picker for the first time.  I was thinking beforehand that I would be fine, I am not scared of heights but when you are up there your legs start going and then the platform starts wobbling and that’s when you do panic a bit.  It was fine once I did it with an audience as they took my mind off it!

Do you get nervous before a performance?
It depends.  It had been a while since I had played Joseph (Ricky covered for Lee during his run), so last night being the first time  I was a little nervous.  I was also nervous when my parents came over from Australia to see me play Joseph.  Oh, and another time was when Lee was unable to perform due to illness and his whole fan club were in.  I was like “Oh My God”, but they were lovely and seemed to really like me!

If your house was on fire and you had to grab one thing – what would it be?
A belonging?  As opposed to the baby??!! My guitar!

What’s the worst job you have ever had?
Being an usher when I was in Australia, it was in the theatre where I eventually played Buddy.  It is a bit gut wrenching watching other people do what you want to do. 

What is your dream role?
Probably Galileo in We Will Rock You.  

What is your favourite track of the moment on your iPod?
Back in Black by AC/DC.  I am a bit of a rocker!

Who would play you in the story of your life?
You’ve got some good questions! There are two people I can think of – Johnny Depp or John Leguizamo – who was in Romeo and Juliet and played Toulouse Lautrec in Moulin Rouge.

Who’s your biggest fan?
My Mum and Dad.  When they came over to see me in November my Dad was crying.  He was saying “I knew you were going to be good, but I didn’t know you were going to be that good”. 

Who would make you starstruck if you met them?
Probably Stevie Wonder or Johnny Depp.

What’s your favourite item of clothing?
My leather jacket!

And finally… some quick fire questions….

Beach bum or culture vulture? Beach Bum

Car or tube? Car

Spring or Autumn? Spring

Tea or coffee? Coffee

Text or phone call? Phone call

PC or Mac? PC

Cat or Dog? Dog

Ant or Dec? Which one’s which!!!  Dec – the shorter one!

Continental or full English? Full English.

Matinee or Evening? Evening!!!!  Matinees are so rude!  Who sings at THAT time of the morning?!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on: 14th January 2009

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