Interview with Elf the Musical's Mitchell Sink
Elf the Musical's Mitchell Sink talks to us about his big Broadway debut, the M&M store and his plans for the future.
Thu Dec 13 2012
Twelve-year-old Mitchell Sink is having a pretty cool holiday season. The Brenham, Texas native is making his Broadway debut in Elf the Musical as Michael, Buddy's step-brother. We caught up with the young actor to talk about his favorite part of the show, the holidays in New York City and his plans for the future.
Elf is your first Broadway show. What has the experience been like?
It has been awesome. It's like a dream come true! I couldn't think of a better show to debut in. I am learning so many things about being in a Broadway show that I didn't know before. I am thrilled to be part of this amazing cast.
Were you a fan of the movie?
Definitely! I watch Elf all year long. My whole family loves this movie. My favorite part is the famous line in the movie and the musical: "Buddy the Elf, what's your favorite color?"
What's it like working with Wayne Knight—aka Newman from Seinfeld?
Working with Wayne is so fun. He's funny, nice and makes a great Santa.
Do you have a favorite part of the show?
The scene where I sing, "There is a Santa Claus ." I love working with Beth Leavel (Emily). This is the turning point in the show—it's where my character Michael goes from being a kid who doesn't believe in Santa to a true believer.
You're originally from Texas. What's it like being in New York City during the holidays?
The city is an exciting place to be at Christmas time. I can't believe I get to be here this time of year. My favorite place to eat is Junior's. The hot chocolate there is huge and delicious. I also love to go to Central Park and the M&M store. The machine that detects your personality color says I am a yellow M&M. Another favorite thing to do is visit FAO Schwarz and Toys "R" Us.
What are your plans for the future?
I love theatre! I plan to stay in this business as long as I can. I want to someday be a director. I really respect and admire Casey Nicholaw (Elf the Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone) and Casey Hushion (Elf the Musical, Fat Camp), and I have learned so much from them.
Elf is playing at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre through January 6, 2013.
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