Live!: David Hyde Pierce In Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

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Live with Kelly and Michael: David Hyde Pierce

After many years as the long-suffering Niles on Frasier, David Hyde Pierce has returned to his first love, the Broadway stage. He currently stars in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which he talked about with Kelly and Michael on the show.

Kelly & Michael: David Hyde Pierce LA Vs New York

Pierce sported a gray beard for his interview, and Kelly felt it for herself. He did say it’s hard to keep up, but joked that he keeps it in a terrarium. Kelly joked that Gelman has been trying to grow a beard for the last eight years.

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Live!: David Hyde Pierce In Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

From the new Broadway play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, actor David Hyde Pierce talked about LA Vs New York and Frasier’s 20th anniversary. (s_bukley / Shutterstock.com)

Michael said that David gave up his home in Los Angeles and has returned home to New York. “I still have friends and colleagues out there who I miss, but I’m glad to be here,” he said.

Pierce said he prefers the four seasons of weather that you get in New York, as opposed to the weather in LA, which never changes.

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Kelly and Michael: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

The 20th anniversary of Frasier is coming up soon. Pierce said he doesn’t realize how much time has passed until he sees his younger self in rerun episodes on the treadmill at the gym.

Now he is back on Broadway in a Chekov-inspired comedy, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. The cast also includes Sigourney Weaver.

Pierce had nothing but good things to say about everyone involved, including a trio of young actors. “We all learn from each other,” he said of the relationship between the veterans and the newbies.

Kelly & Michael: Broadway Late Seating Policy

Michael wondered how the crowd reaction from the audience can surprise the performers. Pierce explained that the show starts with a quiet scene, and at one performance, a woman started screaming in the audience.

He later found out that the screaming woman did not appreciate being held back. If you arrive late to a Broadway show, they don’t let you take your seat until a predetermined point in the show. This woman did not want to wait, so she rushed into the theatre and started screaming as she was escorted out.

You can see Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at the Golden Theatre, but don’t be late.

Kelly and Michael: David Hyde Pierce Nickname & Favorite Movie

Pierce was in the hot seat for one of Live’s rapid fire Q&A games. How much do you know about David Hyde Pierce? How much does he know about himself? We found out in Piercing Questions.

The actor’s nickname is DHP, he considers himself the life of the party, and prefers salty over sweet. The Godfather is his favorite movie, he likes oatmeal for breakfast, and prefers puppies to kittens.

For dessert, he came up with “flan,” but said he doesn’t know what it is. He did not get into detail about whether he has tattoos or his preferred sleeping attire. But he said he is definitely a morning person.

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