Artist Q&A: Curt Hansen of Wicked

While the return to the theater has felt like a homecoming for so many, Curt Hansen is thrilled to be taking that literally as he returns to his home state as Fiyero in Wicked. With a degree from UW-Stevens Point and having his community theater roots a little south of the Fox Cities, Hansen is ready to get audiences dancing in their seats, rising to their feet in applause – and wearing their masks, of course.
You’re originally from Wisconsin! Tell us about your Badger State roots:
GO PACK GO! I grew up in Hartford which is about an hour south of Appleton. I grew up doing community theatre with THE HARTFORD PLAYERS, and the confidence and joy that I got while performing with them definitely led to the success that I had as a performer.
I went to UW-Stevens Point for the BFA-Musical Theatre Program but left after a year to move to NYC to be in the closing cast of HAIRSPRAY on Broadway. I’m so excited to be performing in my home state. I know that Wisconsin audiences will be the best in the country. 
How did you get your start in touring Broadway? What have been some of your favorite roles to play?
My first touring production was NEXT TO NORMAL with Alice Ripley who won a Tony® for her performance in that show. I have since toured with two separate companies of WICKED as well as KINKY BOOTS where I played Charlie Price. All those tours and this is my first time in Wisconsin! Well, I got 3 shows in Madison before the shutdown in 2020, so my first FULL run in Wisconsin. Fiyero in WICKED is by far my favorite role I have ever played!
What helps you get into character to play Fiyero each night?
Honestly—putting on those tight, white pants!
The shutdown obviously impacted the theater and touring industries greatly. What did you do to stay inspired during that time away from the stage?
I taught a lot during the shutdown. My wife Mallauri and I teach musical theatre on NRG DANCEPROJECT which travels across the country. Inspiring the next generation of performers is so rewarding.
What moment has surprised you the most or been your favorite since returning to Oz with live audiences?
Just how on-board audiences across the country are with wearing their mask during the shows. How that small sacrifice allows us to all experience live theatre again.
Finish the sentence…
I can’t travel without my…Wife, Daughter and Pillow.
The first thing I do in a new city is…order groceries.
The song stuck in my head after the show is…What is this Feeling (Loathing)
The thing I missed most about performing live for audiences during the shutdown was…the laughter.
When they told us we were going to Appleton, my first thought was…finally!
Here’s your chance to say something to the audience…we love you so much! Thank you for wearing your mask! WE’RE SO EXCITED TO BE BACK BABY!
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