Gideon Glick is having trouble sitting down. His shoot with Broadway Style Guide at the historic Jane Hotel is taking a little longer than expected so we decide to chat mid-photo-set-up change, while his slacks are still pinned in a form-fitting fashion. So he leans against a velvet-topped stool, to avoid rupturing the borrowed designer sample.
But before I can even ask Glick a question: I need to tell him about my own nuptial nightmare experience. After all, he’s playing the quintessential single wedding guest in Joshua Harmon’s Significant Other on Broadway so he, or at least his character, Jordan Berman, can relate. I tell him about how I attended the wedding of a close friend a week after going through a breakup, and when the DJ invited all the couples to join the bride and groom on the dance floor to the tune of the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows,” I burst into tears, as I was one of the few people left alone on the sidelines. The scene felt very reminiscent of a moment in the play (no spoilers!), and apparently, I’m not the first person to spill wedding trauma to Glick.
“That’s what everyone says!” Glick says, his piercing blue eyes full of sympathy for this reporter’s sob story. “Everyone says, ‘I am Jordan Berman.’”
That’s why Glick is excited that Significant Other, which is about the joys and tribulations of relationships of all shapes, is speaking to a younger generation in a way that few Broadway plays have. While musicals like Spring Awakening, which gave Glick his Broadway debut, and Next to Normal and even Rent, captured the ethos of youth, Glick thinks this is one of the first times a play has captured their attention in a real way.
“The audiences have just been really delightful; we’re skewing much younger,” he says, noting that he’s made much of his career thus far doing Off-Broadway plays with writers like Stephen Karam, Samuel D. Hunter, and Harmon. “A lot of young people have been galvanized by the play because it’s the first time that they feel like a play, not necessarily a musical, feels representative of them.”
But when the play premiered at Roundabout Theatre Company in 2015, Glick had never been to a close friend’s wedding. In the play, his character sees each of his close girl friends marry off successively, adding to his own loneliness and self-doubt, and while Glick has never attended a wedding solo (he met his boyfriend a few months before the Off-Broadway run), he has increased his wedding attendance.
“It’s funny because when the play starts, Vanessa turns to Jordan and goes, ‘Have you ever been to a wedding?’ And Jordan goes, ‘I mean not since I was like 8,’ which Off Broadway was the truth! I think the last one I had been to was when I was 8. I sang ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at my cousin’s wedding,” he says. “But in the interim period, I’ve been to close to eight weddings. So now I understand what it is. There’s so much emotion, so much build up, so much drama.”
The cast has also become like family in the past two years, and Glick even got his castmate Rebecca Naomi Jones a baby monitor for opening night so she always knows what’s going on in the dressing rooms upstairs, since she is on a different floor. And last night, it paid off: the entire cast had a Rent sing-a-long, with Naomi Jones joining in as Mimi. (Glick sang Roger.)
“I’m just having the time of my life doing the show every day,” he gushes. “I so love doing it and doing it with these people, and I love the response it’s getting from the audience so I look forward to doing it every day.”
Gideon Glick’s Wedding Wisdom
Wedding fashion: I like a classic suit, that’s always my jam.
Go-to dance song: If you play any Rihanna, I will be dancing dirty.
Advice for being single at a wedding: Stay close to your friends and make it more group-oriented so you don’t feel so singled out. And try to be happy for the person that you’re attending, because it’s not about you.