In one serendipitous afternoon, Andrew Polec went from hoping to play a Smurf in a musical version of the kids’ show to landing the role of rocker/revolutionary Strat in Bat Out of Hell.
“As ridiculous as it sounds, I had on a SpongeBob belt and bright blue pants and a bright blue shirt and I even had a SpongeBob backpack,” Polec recalled. And, oh yes, a large red floor tom drum.
A fellow would-be Smurf mentioned the “open call” audition a few blocks away for the rock musical and the starving young actor/musician hoping to make it big in New York City, with drum in tow, decided to take a chance.
“I made it up to the audition room and everyone was in leather jackets and spiky belts and chains and here I was in my SpongeBob outfit. So I felt totally out of place with my big red drum. The casting director looked at me like I was a nut,” Polec said.