Van Cleave and Loretta Swit in 'Best Little Whorehouse',' and (inset) 'Mame' at the Forestburgh Playhouse
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Van Cleave portrayed Doctor George Burkley, personal physician to Rob Lowe's JFK in the 2013 National Geographic TV film, Killing Kennedy, and he also portrayed Charles Lindberg in a National Geographic TV special.
Van Cleave in the National Geographic TV production of 'Secret Lives of Charles Lindberg' (2009) as Charles Lindbergh, directed by Clare Nolan.
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As part of the singing group, Meadow, Van Cleave was a singer/songwriter/guitarist for Paramount Records, along with Walker Daniels (original lead in Hair) and Laura Branigan. Meadow's The Friend Ship was produced in 1973 by Lou Hemsey who continues to collaborate with Van Cleave.
Meadow's 'The Friend Ship' album cover, L-R: Bob Valdez, Walker Daniels, Laura Branigan and Chris Van Cleave
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Meryl Ann Butler: Thanks for visiting with us today, Chris. I understand that your upcoming participation in Virginia Musical Theatre's production of A Christmas Carol: A Musical is not your first...
Chris Van Cleave: Correct, this will be my fourth production of A Christmas Carol. In two different adaptations, I played the role of Jacob Marley's Ghost with Virginia Stage Company at the historic Wells Theatre in Norfolk, VA.
Van Cleave as performing 'Jacob Marley's ghost,' Virginia Stage Co
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In this upcoming original musical production with Virginia Musical Theatre I play "Scrooge," a role I first played for them in 1998. I feel there is much more that I can bring to the role and story at this stage of my life. I'm very excited to explore the possibilities not only as an actor/singer, but as a human being continuing to learn about humanity.
MAB: Fascinating! Can you share anything about the insights you may have had on this?