Cue & A: Ever After Star Margo Seibert on Joni Mitchell, Her Fear of Monologues and the Time She Played Ti Moune

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Margo Seibert, who stars as Danielle in the world premiere musical Ever After at Paper Mill Playhouse, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.
Margo Seibert
Margo Seibert

Seibert made her Broadway debut last season as Adrian in Rocky.

Other stage work includes Tamar of the River (Prospect Theatre Co.); Candide (Goodman Theatre/Shakespeare Theatre Co.); In This House, Orestes: A Tragic Romp (Two River Theater Co.); Arcadia (Folger Theatre); The Boy Detective Fails (Signature Theeibatre); Next to Normal, Pregnancy Pact (Weston Playhouse); as well as new work development at Playwrights Horizons, the O’Neill, New Dramatists and NAMT.

Name:
Margo Ruth Seibert

Where you were born/where you were raised:
Born in Olney, MD. Raised in Howard County, MD

Zodiac Sign:
Cancer

What your parents did/do for a living:
My father had his own satellite and television repair company. He now owns a B&B with his wife on Prince Edward Island. My mother works at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab.

Siblings:
There are five of us!

Who were you major mentors/inspirations when first starting out?
I was inspired by the local performers I met at Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia, Maryland. They were the absolute coolest and incredibly encouraging.

Current audition song/monologue:
I hope I never have to do a monologue again. Ever. Please don't make me do a monologue

Special skills:
Talking too much in an audition room.

Something you're REALLY bad at:
Monologues

First Broadway show you ever saw:
Cats national tour

If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be?
The original West Side Story

Current/recent show other than your own you have been recommending to friends:
Dave Malloy's Ghost Quartet

Some favorite modern musicals:
Fortress of Solitude, Melancholy Play, The Disappearing Man

Some favorite classic musicals:
Singin’ in the Rain, West Side Story, Gypsy

Your personal vocal idols, living or dead:
Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell

The one performance – attended – that you will never forget:
Watching Sutton in the national tour of Les Miz. It was by far the coolest performance I'd ever seen and she blew my mind. She still does.

Music that makes you cry, any genre:
Damn that Bon Iver

MAC or PC?
MAC

Most played song on your iPod:
Anything by Becca Stevens. Her new album “Perfect Animal” is fantastic.

Most-visited websites:
NPR. Etsy.

Favorite Tweeters:
Amy Schumer, @maraWritesStuff

Last book you read:
“Honoring the Medicine” by Kenneth Cohen

Must-see TV show(s):
I just finished “Parenthood.” Holy hell.

Last good movie you saw:
"Selma”

Performer you would drop everything to go see:
Mark Rylance. No doubt about it.

Three favorite cities:
New York, Santa Fe, Chicago

Favorite sport/team/player:
Ummm… pass

First CD/Tape/LP you owned:
Tape: The Offspring’s “Smash”

Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager:
I played Ti Moune in Once on This Island at summer camp. Yes, you heard right. It was an unfortunate casting choice, but boy I LOVED EVERY SECOND.

First stage kiss:
I should remember this, right?

Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living:
When I was cast as the Mistress in Evita at the local dinner theatre at age 16. I had scooped ice cream, bussed tables, and been a host there before I was old enough… and good enough to be in a show!

Favorite pre-/post- show meal:
The Little Beet 135 W. 50th St.

Favorite liquid refreshment:
Watermelon agua fresca!

Pre-show rituals or warm-ups:
Get a little sweat on, light a little sage, do a little meditation.

Most challenging role you have ever played:
Tamar in Prospect's Tamar of the River. It took me four years of working with my vocal coach and composer, Marisa Michelson, to be able to sing that music effortlessly.

What drew you to this new project and what has been the biggest challenge so far?
The all-female team on Ever After was quite enticing, as was the tenacity of the character of Danielle. She is fearless. Once of the biggest challenges is that I'm leaning to sword fight with my non-dominant hand. That is haaard.

Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap:
Seussical the Musical. I swung six roles and could NEVER memorize all the rhyming poetry. One time I just gave up and grunted syllables until the words came to me. It was not my finest moment.

Worst costume ever:
Once I was hired to play a giant stopwatch at a convention. I couldn't really see and everyone felt compelled to hug me. It was very odd.

Leading lady role you've been dying to play:
Louise in Gypsy!

Something about you that surprises people:
I like to dance in grocery stores.

Something you are incredibly proud of:
Being a young woman who has pursued her dreams.

Something you're embarrassed to admit:
My aversion to backtracking. If I have left the house I cannot go back for something I've forgotten. It's ridiculous. Totally ridiculous.

Career you would want if not a performer:
Some kind of holistic healer or naturopathic doctor.

Three things you can't live without:
Friendship. Joni Mitchell's music. Avocados. "I'll never understand why…" … we choose to struggle so much.

Words of advice for aspiring performers:
Bring your authentic self to everything you do. You will never be able to know what "they" want. You are not a mind reader. So bring you; the mess, the quirks. Surprise us all.

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