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Best Actor in a Musical St. Louis 2010 - Zachary Allen Farmer

Effectively portraying an emotionally shut-down middle-aged man who's squarer than a block of wood is difficult enough; but to do it in a musical — about spree-killer Charlie Starkweather no less — requires an exceptional combination of talent and technique. Zachary Allen Farmer met both requirements in spades. His eyes hidden behind bulky glasses, Farmer conveyed Sheriff Merle Karnopp's repressed inner life through a deadpan mouth, muted movements and a glowering presence. Then the dam broke, and Farmer's rich voice flooded the room with "Someday," and all the smothered tenderness of Merle Karnopp manifested; every strangled movement and slowly bitten word that followed illuminated the emotional damage wrought by a lifetime of repression. In this New Line Theatre production, Zachary Allen Farmer drew a portrait of the man in negative, every shadow and snarl a window into a lonely, hurting soul, as wounded as Charlie Starkweather himself but better able to hide it.

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Vickie Bates
Vickie Bates

Zachary Allen Farmer is an outstanding performer. I have seen many of his performances with the New Line Theater and have NEVER beend disappointed with his abilities. His acting abilities are outstanding and then when you had his singing talent, one AWESOME guy! Very deserving of this recognition and hopefully more to come!

Cayce Smith
Cayce Smith

Wonderful choice, though I must admit I have not seen his performance in this production yet (and "yet" being the key word). Zachary Allen Farmer is a great talent, glad he got this recognition!

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