Getting to know Beautiful’s Gerry Goffin: Liam Tobin
Although Beautiful – The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, it also focuses on her relationship with not only fellow song writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, but also—and, arguably, most importantly—her husband Gerry Goffin. Read on to find out more about Liam Tobin—the actor who plays Gerry in the national tour of Beautiful.
Before you were cast in musical theater, what was the oddest job you’ve had?
Before performing I had a smorgasbord of odd jobs. I worked construction for a while, waited tables, I was a babysitter, I was an administrative assistant—basically anything to make a buck before I started to get work as an actor.
What are your pre-show rituals?
As for pre show rituals, I don’t have many except; I love to take a nap before the show, and sparkling water is key. [It’s a] must have!
If you just won a TONY, what would your speech be like? Who would you thank?
Hmm that’s a tough one. I guess it’s one of those circumstances where you don’t really know how you’d react until you’re in the situation. But I’d definitely thank my parents. They rock.
Tell us about the craziest/best/most memorable fan encounter.
I haven’t had a lot of crazy fans, but some really sweet ones. Occasionally, some will write notes and stuff. The fans often have the best recommendations for things in the area!
Tell us about your most embarrassing moment on stage.
There’s a scene in the show where my character comes to apologize to Carole, and it’s a kind of sad and hopeful moment, but halfway through it, an audience member yelled out, “Do up your fly!” So, I did. Haha!
What would you, today, tell your younger self when you first started in show business?
If I was to tell my younger self anything about this business, it would be that there are many different paths in life and in this business, and just because something has worked for someone else, doesn’t mean it’s the only way to go.
Don’t miss your chance to see Liam Tobin in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, now playing at the SHN Orpheum Theatre through September 18. Buy your tickets today at shnsf.com.