Charlie Brown & Man’s Best Friend… Bob Herzog!

By The Children's Theatre
Bob Herzog starred as Nick in TCT’s 2018 production of Santa Claus: The Musical

We get a certain question a lot here at TCT: “What role is Bob Herzog going to play this season?” We’re excited to announce that Bob will be tapping into his inner canine when he plays the world-famous beagle, Snoopy, in A Charlie Brown Christmas this December.

Q: What is your day job?

at Local 12 studio

A: I have the greatest job in the world. I have the greatest job in the world. I’m co-anchor of Good Morning Cincinnati on Local 12. The hours can be a bit of a challenge (I’m sleepy…most of the time), but I try not to complain too much. I’m home by the time my kids get home from school, and not a lot of people get to say that. Plus, I get to work with some of the kindest, funniest, and most professional people I’ve ever known.

Q: What do you hope to bring to your role as Snoopy?

A: I plan to do a deep character study of that beagle.I’m going to get under his collar and see what’s really happening in that canine mind. There are some existential questions that need to be answered. All that or I’m just going to unleash that famous Snoopy imagination, occasionally dance awkwardly, and be a happy pup.

Q: How many characters have you played at TCT? Which was your favorite and why?

Bob as Gaston, Captain Hook, and Genie

A: Oh my goodness, TCT has been so good to me over the last 20 years. They’ve let me play so many awesome characters. What sticks out to me most, though, isn’t so much the roles as the casts, directors, stage managers, and crews I’ve worked with in the past. So many friends. So many talented, talented people. If I had to pick one role, though, well…I don’t think I could. If I whittled it down, my final four would be Genie in Disney’s Aladdin JR., Gaston in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR., Captain Hook in Peter Pan JR., and Willy Wonka in Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. Those characters were all kind of big, kind of loud, and two of them required a muscle suit. What’s not to love?

Q: What inspires you to get on stage?

A: The “what” is the idea of transporting a family to a different world and doing it without a screen getting
in the way. Knowing that one of those families is my own family is a nice bonus. There’s nothing like performing for a live audience and watching people react to a story. In my heart, I’m a storyteller. That, in fact, is how I should have answered the question about what I do. In my heart, whether I’m on TV or on a stage, I’m a storyteller.

Q: What are the differences between being on stage and being on TV?

A: It’s all about the audience. Connecting with people who are just beyond the fourth wall is more intimate than connecting with people on the other side of the screen. I love the challenge of both, though.

Q: What is the best thing about spending the holidays with TCT, especially during their 100th season?

A Charlie Brown Christmas

A: TCT at Christmas is better than an extra present under the tree. It’s the chance to forget the hustle and bustle for a little bit and make a genuine memory with a child in your life. A chance to experience Christmastime in the city and a show that child won’t soon forget. And for an hour or so, you get to check in on the kid in yourself, too. Hard to beat that.