Jared Grimes Says He Braces for Blair Underwood’s Shirtless Scene in A Soldier’s Play, Too

first_imgJared Grimes(Photos by Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) View Comments Related Shows Jared Grimes is practically a vaudevillian. He’s a Broadway talent who’s tap danced his way through After Midnight and associate choreographed a musical about Tupac Shakur, Holler If Ya Hear Me. He’s danced alongside stars like Mariah Carey, Ben Vereen and Jerry Lewis. He’s currently showcasing his acting chops by playing Private Tony Smalls in A Soldier’s Play by Charles Fuller on Broadway. The sheer diversity of his resume is no accident, Grimes told Broadway.com’s Paul Wontorek in a recent #LiveAtFive interview. “I’ve always had dreams of being a performer,” said Grimes, who was raised by a mother who ran a dance school. “I had dreams of being like my idols, such as Gregory Hines, Sammy Davis Jr. and Fred Astaire. They did everything. Their resumes and their lives were packed full of different accomplishments across many different genres and mediums.”Grimes doesn’t tap in A Soldier’s Play, but he does sing; there are multiple scenes in the show of the soldiers singing together in their barracks. “It’s like a brotherhood,” said Grimes. The story of a tight-knit group of black soldiers in a segregated army unit during World War II, it’s no surprise that A Soldier’s Play brings its actors together—it certainly did with the the original 1981 off-Broadway cast. To Grimes, the story feels so relevant that, “in a sense, we’re not acting. We’ve been those characters for much of our lives.”  A Soldier’s Play Blair Underwood A young Samuel L. Jackson, Denzel Washington and Peter Friedman populated the play’s original production, leading Fuller’s ahead-of-its-time discussion of internalized racism, self-hatred and racial violence to a Pulitzer Prize in 1982. “It’s fun to step into the shoes of such great actors that performed these roles before us,” Grime said. “It’s an honor to do that alongside my fellow cast mates every night.” This new version also has its shares of stars: Blair Underwood, David Alan Grier and former NFL MVP Nnamdi Asomugha.It’s not all serious, though. According to Grimes, whenever the soldiers take their shirts off during the play, the audience “go extremely crazy,” especially when Underwood does it. “We brace ourselves for that moment every night,” Grimes laughed. “In rehearsals, Blair was like, ‘This is the part where I’m gonna show my abs? [Director] Kenny Leon was like, ‘You guys work out. I know you guys are in the gym. You’re some good-looking brothers. You’re in the army, so you would naturally take off your shirt and show some skin.’”Watch the rest of Grimes’ #LiveAtFive interview below.  Jared Grimes Show Closed This production ended its run on March 15, 2020 Star Files  Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 32:50Loaded: 0%00:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently behind liveLIVERemaining Time -32:50 1xPlayback RateChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglishAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.last_img read more