Jazz/pop singer, musician, composer, actor and occasional talk show host Harry Connick Jr. is so active with the schedule for his “A New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration” Tour that he had only a small window of time to take a few questions by email.
The “New Orleans Tricentennial” title for the tour sounds fun. What music will we hear?
Lots of music inspired by my hometown. The show changes night to night, but there will be plenty of different styles.
What’s your opinion on the state of the City of New Orleans after 300 years? How are you feeling about the city’s future?
If we can survive (Hurricane) Katrina, we can survive anything. New Orleans continues to grow and remains my favorite city in the world.
You got your first movie role while you were really getting famous for your music. How did you get into acting, and what factors are important to you when considering a TV or film role?
I’ve loved acting since high school and it’s something I’ve always wanted to pursue. For me, the most important deciding factor in choosing acting projects is story. Is this a story I want to tell? Then I look at the other factors, like the director, producers, other cast, etc.
When your kids were younger, what was your secret to balancing your professional and family life?
My family comes first — always has, always will. Nothing means much without them. For me, if my family life is in order, balance occurs naturally.
Careers in politics and law run pretty deep in your family. Did you parents ever try to steer you down that path, or was it obvious from when you were a child that you were a born musician?
My parents knew early on in my life that I was destined to be a musician and a performer. My sister, Suzanna, got the brains. I got the stage bug.
Any chance we will see you on Broadway, in some capacity, again?
I hope so! I adore Broadway and the Broadway community. I look forward to many more projects in the years to come.
Are there any future TV or film projects you can talk about?
I’m developing lots of things now, but it’s too early to discuss them. Stay tuned!
Whose music are you listening to right now?
My bus driver, Yogi, has Bon Jovi on as I write this. Who doesn’t love Bon Jovi?
How often do you play concerts with songs from your Christmas albums (One of his best-selling albums in the U.S. is 1993’s “When My Heart Finds Christmas”)?
Only around the holiday season. As much as I’d love to sing “Sleigh Ride” in June, I think it would confuse a few folks.