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Jeff Leibow, Travis Cloer, Graham Fenton and Deven May of “Jersey Boys” at the Paris reach the 2014 Fighters Just World Mixed Martial Arts Awards on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at the Venetian.
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Travis Cloer of “Jersey Boys” at Paris Las Vegas with boy Rowan and little girl Andi.
Four Las Vegas Star Dads
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The celebration that honors dads and celebrates fatherhood, paternal bonds and the influence of papas in society never ever gets as much acknowledgment as Mother’s Day. But Daddy’s Day, constantly commemorated on the 3rd Sunday of June, recognizes the contribution that dads and father figures produce the betterment of kids’s lives.
In advance of this Sunday’s wedding, I talked with four stars on the Strip about how they see and tackle their own tasks as dads, while juggling their nighttime schedule of efficiencies, and their preferred memories of their own daddies.
On Thursday, we’ll meet with Troy Burgess, who plays Bourbon Space club owner Dennis Dupree in “Rock of Ages” at the Venetian, and Frat Pack high-wire artist Almas Meirmanov of “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace.
Today, we start with Travis Cloer, who plays Frankie Valli in “Jersey Boys” at Paris Las Vegas, and Benjamin Hale, who plays Johnny Cash in “Million Dollar Quartet” at Harrah’s.
Travis, who is married to fellow performer Jen Cloer, is the happy dad of 1-year-old Rowan and 3-year-old Andi. Benjamin, who is married to fellow performer Rebekah Raun, also has two youngsters, 1-year-old Loretta and 3-year-old Scarlett Rose.
Travis: Why is Father’s Day so vital and meaningful to you?
Well, there’s nothing more crucial in my life than my children. Everything else has taken a seat on the sidelines. I keep going into business and working generally because I understand I have mouths to feed and children to care for. I like hanging out with them, they mean the world to me, and I would do anything for them.
We have 2 kids. We have a girl who is 3, her name is Andi, and our little boy is Rowan, who turns 1 next week.
Both really young, meanings that both are a handful.
They are a handful. We have actually got two children, 3 canines, juggling work. It’s a zoo at our residence, however I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s enjoyable, it keeps me on my toes, keeps me moving, and they keep me young.
The whole company of you performing during the night on the Strip means that you have an upside-down world. How does that impact being a daddy?
It’s actually not too bad. I get to invest my whole day with my children, which is great. I do just four of the shows at “Jersey Boys,” so four nights a week, I get to put my kids to bed. It’s actually a quite dream schedule.
My wife, when she was dancing in “Peepshow,” was fantastic because we both worked at night, so we ‘d invest our whole day with our kids and look after them and be with them, then we ‘d go to work at night. It’s pretty good.
Return to times of remembering your very own father and exactly what that resembled, why it was very important and exactly what it taught you in raising your very own two children.
My folks got separated I think when I was 13, and I stuck with my daddy. He was not just a huge influence on me as a person, but he’s an artist, too. He’s a music minister. He’s the major reason that music is in my life and why it’s ended up being so instilled in who I am. He taught me to keep standing firm and to rely on myself and to constantly care about myself no matter what anybody else said.
In a business like program company, that’s the No. 1 thing that you need to hang on to above anything else, the personal belief that you can do whatever you set out to do no matter what people are telling you. I do not think I ‘d be the individual I am today without his influence in my individual life and musical life.
You ever discover yourself, I understand they’re young, dealing with the kids and then flashing back all at once to your papa remaining in the specific same position with you?
Oh, yeah, every day. It’s true, I hear myself saying the exact same things that my papa said to me when I was a kid. I’m one of four children, so I can envision him handling his work and his family life and trying to raise four children and all the personal struggles that he went through. It makes me appreciate him all the more each time I do think about that.
I know your youngsters are very young, but do they know what you do for a living?
Oh, yeah, definitely. My daughter is 3, and she’s well on her way to getting into the business. We really simply came from taking her to dance class. Whenever we pass the Strip, she knows where I work. She states, “That’s Papa’s work, that’s Papa’s work!” At any time we see a “Jersey Boys” sign, she’ll indicate it and state, “That’s Papa! That’s Papa!”
Does she like you singing Frankie Valli’s tunes around your home?
We haven’t truly paid attention to a great deal of things like that. She’s more right now into naturally Disney princesses and that kind of stuff, but, man, we have to have music on during bath time, in the vehicle. We simply took her to see “Cinderella” at the Smith Center, and she enjoyed it. She’s absolutely got the music bug in her.
Will Father’s Day be a surprise that your partner cooks up with the children, or do you know how you’ll celebrate it?
Today we truly have not planned anything, at least not that I know of, so she might effectively be unusual me with something. She’s terrific, she constantly has something up her sleeve and makes me feel unique on Papa’s Day, and I attempt to do the very same thing with her on Mother’s Day. She’s an excellent woman. She certainly makes me feel like an extremely special daddy.
Benjamin Hale of “Million Dollar Quartet” at Harrah’s and his child Scarlett Rose.
Benjamin D. Hale performs as Johnny Money throughout “Million Dollar Quartet” on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at Harrah’s.
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Here’s my chat with Benjamin:
Exactly what does Daddy’s Day mean to you? Why is it so unique to you?
It’s important to me due to the fact that of my own personal relationship with my dad, Cody Hale. I understand that sounds dull, but he was a huge example. He is a huge example to me. He in fact got me started with all this rock and roll stuff since he was pursuing his rock-and-roll dream while I was maturing. He was on MTV and did all of that things.
It’s interesting because after pursuing his rock-and-roll dream and profession, he signed to a major label, and things didn’t go rather the way that I believe he ‘d hoped. He took a different course and began a community theater in Utah.
My performing and my rock-and-roll background came certainly from him and his value on effort and putting household initially. Finding a balance within an occupation is constantly actually a vital thing.
Exactly what’s been your experience of being a dad and having an upside-down life of carrying out on the Strip?
It has actually been an experience. I have actually got 2 ladies. One is 1 years of age, and I have actually got another who was 4 on June 9. They are both actually active. I have no problems with raising them, but it’s intense. I do not bear in mind having that quantity of energy complete blown all the time. They simply eliminate me, they’re so humorous. I just like it.
It’s a responsibility being a papa. You’re their provider, their protector, their example. It’s amusing finding some of the qualities I have that my kids now have and the goofy things they state every day. I can’t get enough of it. I think being a dad is the greatest thing that’s ever happened.
Today my better half isn’t really working. She was in “The Phantom of the Opera,” so she’s an entertainer, as well. We’re really going to be making a step in the near future, however that’s another story for another time. She’s a stay-at-home mother for right now.
So that alleviates a little bit of the pressures on you work-wise.
Yes. There was a time about a month ago where she was working full time as a nurse and I was working full-time as an entertainer, and we worked totally various schedules. It was really crazy. It was an enjoyable, daring time where I was braving it on my own. I have all the respect in the world for any single father and mother who is trying to raise a household simply off six months of work where you understand I seemed like I was on my own. It was very extreme.
Have you ever brought the children to see your show?
I’ve brought Scarlett to a few my efficiencies; she’s the older one. The little one is just too rowdy and loud. She gets really thrilled, and she simply yells at the top of her lungs. Scarlett has actually seen “Million Dollar Quartet,” and she wanted so bad to be on the stage that my other half had to take her out into the hall due to the fact that she was just about all set to add on the phase.
So she knows exactly what daddy does, and the program company bug has currently bitten her?
Oh, she sure does. I’ll ask her, “Do you wish to sing”? And she’ll say, “No, I wish to be a dancer.” I really have a clip that’s very cute and pretty funny of her vocal singing “Ring of Fire” at age 3. It is among those videos that would be a viral video if I put it out there. It’s so adorable.
Do you know how you will celebrate Papa’s Day, or will it be a surprise?
It’s generally a surprise, however it’s typically a great surprise. At any time my kids have a little job, well I have a tender heart for that. I can sob at the drop of a hat.
What guidance would you offer to other dads or dads-to-be based upon your experience with your 2 children?
Brace yourself for an adventure and more love than you ever thought was possible.
Was being a dad far more than you anticipated?
Definitely, every angle. I’m One Hundred Percent delighted I’m a papa. It’s amusing because you’ll hear a great deal of individuals go, “Oh, kids, children, children,” and, “Yeah, they’re a lot of work.” However for me it’s simply an absolutely new day and an experience. It’s like a funny played out in genuine time. My own reality-TV show; it’s so funny.
So it has a lot of happiness even though it features a great deal of stress?
I have not strike any of the distress minutes yet, but at any time my little girl will crash on her bike and she’ll be, like, oh, choked up, you know, it will simply touch your heart. I haven’t had to handle the actual anxieties of being a dad and mom yet. I feel like I’m still in the honeymoon phase where they’re so much enjoyable.
For how long have you remained in “Million Dollar Quartet” now?
I’ve been right here ever since the Las Vegas production began– about 2 1/2 years earlier.
Do I notice you’re proceeding?
I’m actually going to be taking a leave of absence. Relocating to Nashville for a recording engineer program. I’m going to be doing that for basically one contract, then I’ll be coming back. We’re still settling all the information to make that occur, however it’s looking like it’s entering the direction we want.
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Please inspect back Thursday for our Father’s Day interviews with Troy Burgess (“Rock of Ages”) and Almas Meirmanov (“Absinthe”).
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