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A conversation with stage actor Richard H. Blake

Richard H. Blake with his wife, Teri Thomas, and their son, Greyson, at Walt Disney World.
Richard H. Blake with his wife, Teri Thomas, and their son, Greyson, at Walt Disney World.

Richard H. Blake called “A Bronx Tale: The Musical,” coming to The Boston Opera House April 2-14, “a show for guys.” Blake, whose stage character, Lorenzo, was played by Robert De Niro in the 1993 film “A Bronx Tale,” called the musical “gritty, dark, and very testosterone-driven.” He said the score, by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater, “really transports you in time to the Bronx in the ’60s. It’s ‘Jersey Boys’ meets ‘West Side Story.’ ” The Providence native, who moved to New York City with his family when he was 9 years old to pursue his acting career, now calls Lincoln Park, N.J., home. He lives there with his wife, former Broadway dancer Teri Thomas, and their son, Greyson, 7. Blake, 43, said that he and his wife, who is from Boston, have many friends and family members in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and are looking forward to seeing them when he is in Boston for the nearly two-week run. We caught up with the veteran Broadway actor to talk about all things travel.

Favorite vacation destination? If it’s a family vacation with my son, then Disney World. We go at least once a year. If it’s just me and my wife, then Las Vegas.

Favorite food or drink while vacationing? For food, it depends because I want whatever is regional to the area I’m in. As for drink . . . a good wine or a Miami Vice if I’m lounging by the pool.

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Where would you like to travel to but haven’t? There are so many places because I’ve only traveled out of North America once — to South Korea for three months when I was in “Wicked.” But I’d really like to go to Monte Carlo. My wife and I like to gamble; I love to play poker and it’s always been my James Bond fantasy to go to Monte Carlo and, wearing an awesome tuxedo, walk into a casino and roll like James Bond.

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One item you can’t leave home without when traveling? If you’re talking about traveling on tour, then it would be my golf clubs. I’m an obsessed golfer. If it’s just an overnight trip, then I’m pretty simple: clothes, toiletries, and a Red Sox cap are all I need.

Aisle or window? I prefer aisle, but so does my wife, so I always take the window.

Favorite childhood travel memory? Taking a road trip up and down the East Coast with my family in a Winnebago. We started in Providence and drove down to New Orleans for the 1984 World’s Fair — and then back up again.

Guilty pleasure when traveling? Golfing in all the cities I visit.

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Best travel tip? There are many, but make sure you drink lots of water. Traveling can really dehydrate you.

JULIET PENNINGTON