Meet Alphonse Gonzales! Solo Winner For Measure in Love: Broadway Celebrates Valentine’s Day Contest
Introducing our solo winner – Alphonse Gonzales!
Congrats on winning the solo division of our Measure in Love: Broadway Celebrates Valentine’s Day contest! What was your reaction when you got the email telling you that you won?
I honestly cried. I was sincerely over the moon. During this bizarre time, live theater, auditioning and performing feels so foreign that I forgot what it was like to be recognized in this way. I reacted so excitedly that even my lazy dog had a reaction with me
What made you decide to do a mash-up of two songs instead of just sticking with one?
Now that I think about it, I have a particular talent for making things harder for myself so that’s one answer lol!
I chose songs I normally would never be given the chance to sing or play. I wanted to take advantage of the freedom to pick music that I steadfastly connect with regardless of gender, type, ethnicity, height, and everything this industry talks about to “book” a job. I wanted to strip away those confining walls to truthfully share with the audience how I measure love.
When I was searching for a song to sing on the Broadway Records site, I came across Lea Salonga’s concert in Sydney, Australia where she had done a medley of “Will He Like Me/Vanilla Ice Cream/Till There Was You.” I decided to do my own interpretation of that. I was drawn to the idea of doing “Will He Like Me” by itself but felt it was incomplete without the others. I knew that I would be able to bring justice to “Will He Like Me” and “Till There Was You” because those songs influenced my love language growing up. I still remember the first time I heard them and was particularly sentimental about playing these songs on my childhood piano. I decided to do the medley with a splash of “Vanilla Ice Cream” in my arrangement because to me, these songs capture the phases of love in its most simplest and vulnerable forms.
Romance can never die with music like that.
Who are you inspired by?
My voice coach, Toren Nakamura (@torennakamura) – I reached out to work with him years ago because I envy his vocal agility, control, the range and artistry he has when he sings. When we started lessons I knew that I was going to be pushed and taught by someone who had a firm grasp on those things. I don’t know if he remembers this, but we went to college together and there was a video of him singing and playing his own arrangement of “Defying Gravity” that circulated Facebook (Instagram was used but I don’t think there was video capability yet). He sang it for his vocal studio at Joe’s Pub downtown and to this day I remember it. I will always be inspired by someone’s ability to innovate and reinvent music to make it work for them.
Which of the judges is your celebrity crush?
I would like to take a moment to tell Kevin Chamberlin that I love him and his mustache <3
Anything else you’d like to shout out?
Jenna Rich, Asel Swango, Sultana Gardizi, Hayden Anderson, and Samantha Sylte! Thank you for believing in me.
My mother growing up always said to me that “Education is the best investment”. The authority this motto has over me is profound for there is no design without education
What would have to happen to make today the best day of your life?
GETTING MARRIED TO SHAWN MENDES, HARRY STYLES, LIL NAS X, ZAC EFRON, JESSE MCCARTNEY, JONATHAN BAILEY, CHRIS HEMSWORTH, RIZ AHMED, TOM HOLLAND, MALUMA, DEV PATEL, MICHAEL B. JORDAN, ALEX LANDI, BAD BUNNY, DENZEL WASHINGTON OR NICK JONAS!!!! These are just a few names of course.
What is the one thing you waste too much money on?
…………………………cardboard cutouts of my future husbands (I know you’re all judging but I never outgrew my Tiger Beat, Bop Magazine phase)
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