The VIP Lounge with stage actor Christopher Swan
He may live in New York City, but Christopher Swan is a diehard Red Sox fan. The Barre, Vt., native, a graduate of the Boston Conservatory — where he studied musical theater — called visiting Boston to take in a game at Fenway Park a “perfect” vacation. And while the baseball season is over, Swan is still excited about coming to Boston for a two-week run (Dec. 18-30) of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella — The Musical” at the Emerson Colonial Theatre. Swan, 51, plays Sebastian, whom he calls the “grand chancellor . . . a father figure to the prince, but a kind of misguided one who’s stuck in the past.” He said the pageantry of the production — including the ornate costumes and set design — as well as the evolved and enlightened Cinderella (“she is a much more proactive participant in her decisions,” he said, adding that she falls in love “as an equal” with the prince). We caught up with Swan to talk about all things travel.
Favorite vacation destination? Boston, to see the World Series champs play at Fenway. It’s a perfect vacation for me. I’ve been a Sox fan all my life and follow them religiously. I go to a few games every season — it’s easy to take a train to Boston.
Favorite food or drink while vacationing? Whatever the locals recommend. The great coffee and fruit in Costa Rica, the succulent beef and hot pot dishes in China, the French fries-stuffed sandwiches of Primanti Bros. in Pittsburgh. I’ll usually try anything once.
Where would you like to travel to but haven’t? It’s an odd choice, but I really want to see Easter Island [a Chilean island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean]. The mystery and beauty of those ancient giant statues really call to me. I haven’t gone because I’m busy working so much in theater . . . thankfully!
One item you can’t leave home without when traveling? A stuffed “Opus” penguin I’ve had since high school. He doubles as a great neck pillow.
Aisle or window? Aisle now. My knee appreciates it if I occasionally stretch it out on those long flights.
Favorite childhood travel memory? Traveling to Nantucket island with my dad on his friend’s private prop plane when I was 11 or 12. With the cobblestone streets and lighthouses, I felt like I was in a book. On the trip back, we were flying through a storm [which was] thrilling.
Guilty pleasure when traveling? Beer. I’ve been trying to avoid it, but there are so many fantastic microbreweries across the country. I have to try the local IPAs when I get the chance.
Best travel tip? Sign up for TSA Precheck. It’s worth the money and can save you so much time at the airport.