Barry Knechtel

Meet Barry Knechtel (Ben)

Originally from Lafayette, Barry has performed with many organizations over the years. He performed in many choirs at Jefferson High School, including the award-winning First Edition show choir. While earning his degree in architecture at Ball State University, Barry had a leading role in the Ball State Theater production of Pippin. He was also seen in the Lafayette Civic Theater’s production of South Pacific in 1997.

Barry has sung the national anthem for the Cincinnati Reds 4 times as part of the male ensemble “Cootet”. He has also performed as a delegate for the City of Lafayette’s bid as an All-America City back in 1996 with fellow cast members Clay Mabbitt and Amanda Dunkle. Barry lives in Delphi, IN with his wife, Debbie, and 5 children. He’s been an architect with KJG Architecture in West Lafayette for the past 6 years.

What’s your favorite musical that isn’t named Enter Love?
It really depends on my mood, but my favorite show I’ve seen is Aida. Seeing Adam Pascal and Heather Headley perform live was a real treat.

How old were you when you first performed?
My mother tells me I’ve been a back-seat singer in the car since before I even knew how to speak any words, inspired I’m sure by Bob Dylan. “How does it feeeeeel!”

If your life was made into a movie, who would play you?
Jason Segel seems to play funny, down-to-earth guys, which I’d like to think I am.

Who should host the Tony awards next year?
I’m not sure I’ve ever watched the Tony awards, but I think having some of Broadway’s greatest living stars would be a big draw for people who like theater. I’d rather see Glen Close or Betty Buckley than I would Doogie Howser.

Who’s your favorite performer?
I consider myself a singer first, and no one does musical theater vocals better than Anthony Warlow. I feel guilty saying that because Frank Sinatra had the voice and the way on stage and in the movies. Can I change my answer? Sinatra.

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