Day Off Diary: BIRTHDAY CANDLES’ Christopher Livingston

Day Off Diary

Christopher Livingston | Photo: Rebecca J Michelson/Theatrely

Dan Meyer
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April 5, 2022 10:40 AM

For many performers, after a long 8-show week, their one day off is time to rest and recharge. This week, we caught up with Christopher Livingston from Birthday Candles to spend an afternoon with him. Get to know a bit more about Chris in his #DayOffDiary:

Hometown? 206! Seattle, Washington.

Where might we find you on your day off? Probably running in Astoria Park.  Definitely at the laundromat down the street.

If you weren’t a performer, what would you be doing? Maybe an animator or a comic book artist. When I was a kid, I used to draw a lot. I was really inspired by anime; I created this whole group of teenagers that hung out. I drew them for years and kept them in a notebook but I have no idea where that notebook is now—I wish I still had it.

If you could describe your experience with Birthday Candles so far in just one word, what would it be? DREAM

Who are you jamming to on Spotify right now? Leikeli47!! BITM makes me wish I knew how to vogue.

What are you binging on TV right now? Life & Beth. It’s great and Susannah Flood’s killing it.

Read any good books lately? YES! I love to read. I recently re-read Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James and am currently reading its sequel Moon Witch, Spider King. I also really liked The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett and The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab.

One Instagram account (besides your own, duh), that we need to be following? @BlackPeoplePets provides me a lot of joy.

Favorite coffee joint in Midtown? What’s your order? I don’t have one, but I love coffee! 😬

Pickles on your burgers? Sure, why not.

Pineapple on your pizza? HELL YEAH.

What flavor of cream cheese on your bagel? Salmon.

What is one show you are dying to see on Broadway right now? Just one? Ok… for colored girls who have considered suicicde/when the rainbow is enuf. It’s beautiful and a classic.

Favorite memory of working on Birthday Candles so far? Trying not to laugh at Crystal Finn during one of her bits. She’s very funny and makes it very hard. I love this job!

You can catch Christopher in Birthday Candles, which is now in performance at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway. For tickets and more information, click here. For more photos, visit Theatrely on Instagram. All photos by Rebecca J Michelson/Theatrely.

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Dan Meyer

After 4 years in the biz, Dan swapped out theatre for sports and is now a researcher at NBC Olympics. Spectacle remains a key passion and is dedicated to building bridges between different forms of entertainment. He has worked as a writer and editor at Theatrely and Playbill, covering Broadway and beyond. In addition, he has been published in Rolling Stone, Spy, and others.

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