It seems like Alec Baldwin is everywhere these days.
Monday night, it was Broadway, as the Roundabout Theatre Company gave him the Jason Robards Award for Theatrical Excellence.
Tuesday night, it was TV, Baldwin back on the NBC hit “30 Rock” as Jack Donaghy.
Tonight, it’s the radio, hosting “The New York Philharmonic This Week,” on WQXR, FM105.9.
And Saturday, Baldwin comes to Nyack.
The twinkling-eyed pride of Massapequa, Long Island will sit down for a conversation with Nyack’s Elliott Forrest, another WQXR on-air host, on the set of Nyack High School’s upcoming production of “The Drowsy Chaperone.”
The event — a chat about Baldwin’s life and career — is a fund-raiser for Forrest’s ArtsRock and Nyack High’s Arts Angels, a parents group that supports performing arts.
If Baldwin is drowsy, and he has every right to be, things are about to quiet down for him a bit.
Then they might get really quiet.
“30 Rock” is about to end production for the season, and Baldwin plans to leave the show after next season.
“I have been pretty busy,” he says. “It seems like the television show that I do is the hobby and everything else is the work. Usually, when the season ends — it will end shortly — things tend to quiet down.
“If the show goes on without me that would be great, if that’s what everybody wants to do,” Baldwin says. “I know that I won’t continue with the show after next year. After that, there’s a very good chance — if I can get my ducks in order — there’s other things I want to do. I don’t want to talk about it until those things are more firm, but I certainly think that what I’ve been doing for the last few years, I’m going to be doing as little of that as possible.”
Don’t try to get an insight into Baldwin’s life through the characters he plays. They are, he says, just characters.
“I think that’s a common thing that happens when you play a character on television. Because you’re constantly tap tap tapping that character over the wire, so to speak, people assume that might be who you are, and then you’re asked to do the same thing all the time. Who I am as a person, I’d like to think, is nothing at all like any character I’ve played.
“There are things you bring to it with your imagination. You imagine what that person would be like and you do it to the best of your ability. A lot of people don’t believe in inmagination in acting. They believe that must be who you really are as a person.”
Baldwin says he can learn from his characters, if only in what not to do.
“I find that when you play a character in a movie or a television show or a play and that character has some negative value, that’s very instructive to you. You go off into your life and try not to be like that character in your private life. For me, in my private life, while I certainly can have moments where I’m self-seeking, I try to be as little like Jack as I possibly can.”
Baldwin’s workload is eclectic and defies pigeonholing.
Just when you think you might have him figured out — OK, he’s the raspy-voiced, one-step-ahead Jack Donaghy, boss to Tina Fey’s Liz Lemon on “30 Rock,” pragmatic, slightly paranoid and maybe a little loopy — he shows up on Turner Classic Movie channel alongside Robert Osborne, waxing sentimental about a classic film.
Try to peg him as a movie purist and there he is on the radio dial as host of “The New York Philharmonic This Week,”?speaking with authority on Mahler.
Convinced he’s a public-radio elite, tune into the Oscars and see another side of Baldwin, as the de facto voice of comic reason, counseling first-time hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco.
Baldwin — who endured a paparazzied marriage to Kim Basinger and a firestorm of his own over a fiery voicemail to his daughter — last week took to the Huffington Post, advising the recently fired Charlie Sheen to “go on Letterman and make an apology, beg for your job back” and “buy (‘Two and a Half Men’ co-star Jon) Cryer a really nice car.”
One of Baldwin’s next projects in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical “Rock of Ages,” which will star Tom Cruise as an aging rocker.
Baldwin plays the man who opens the club. He laughs when asked if he would do a Broadway musical.
“I can’t sing,” he says. “But I would love to do a show on Broadway. I think I have a couple more plays I’d like to do before I completely move on in another direction. Whether they’ll be on Broadway, I don’t know. But singing is not one of them.”
Baldwin looks at the 1992 Broadway production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” — when he was in show business for 10 or 12 years and played Tennessee Williams’ brutal creation Stanley Kowalski — as a turning point in his career, when he stopped being grateful just to be at the table and really took over a role.
“I said to myself, ‘I’m going to trust my instincts. I know what I want to do,’” he says. “You’ve got to play the character you see and bring to the character what you have. I’m going to stick with that.’ I played him with a sense of humor, but also viciousness. This is a man obsessed with his possessions, his bowling shirt and his wife, his greatest possession. And he will destroy anything that threatens that.”
Last month, Baldwin got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but he says that’s nothing that even entered the mind of that kid from Long Island.
“I had no fantasies whatsoever about the business,” he says. “There were other things I dreamed about and that was not one of them. This is a business I fell into and as time went on, I really grew to love it. It’s funny how the closer I get toward moving away from it the more difficult that is, because I really do like it now more than ever. It will certainly be an extraordinarily difficult thing to stop doing.”
“A Conversation with Alec Baldwin” 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Nyack High School, Christian Herald Road, Upper Nyack. $25 in advance; $30 at the door; $15 students in advance. $100 premium seating includes a private after-party with Alec Baldwin. 866-811-4111. Go to the ArtsRock website.