PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Alexander Gemignani

Cue and A   PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Alexander Gemignani
 
Alexander Gemignani — co-star of Off-Broadway's musical Road Show — fills out Playbill.com's offbeat questionnaire.
Alexander Gemignani
Alexander Gemignani


Full given name: Alexander Cesare (pronounced Chez-ah-ray, accent on the Che) Gemignani
Hometown: Tenafly, NJ
Audition song: "She Loves Me" from She Loves Me, "Lucky To Be Me" from On the Town or "The Mason" from Working
Special skills: I play piano, trumpet and drums and whistle pretty well.
First Broadway show ever saw: Dreamgirls...I was 2 and remember nothing except my Dad conducting a rockin' band
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? Really tough question, so I'll ignore it and answer with a few...Lee J. Cobb in Death of a Salesman, Len Cariou in Sweeney Todd, Ethel Merman in Gypsy and On The Twentieth Century, my favorite show album.
Current show you have been recommending to friends: It's been a while, but I loved In The Heights.
MAC or PC? MAC, please.
Most played song on your iPod: Any stand-up comedy (usually George Carlin) and lots of Sarah Vaughan, Martin Sexton, Billy Joel, Kurt Elling, Ben Folds...my life is a constant shuffle....oh, and I'm an avid "Weird Al" Yankovic fan, I have all his albums.
One CD you couldn't live without: Moss (don't ask, just listen, it will change you)
Last book you read: "The Woods" by Harlan Coben (amazing thriller writer) and I'm now re-reading "A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole
Must-see TV show: "Mad Men," "Friday Night Lights," "24"
Last good movie you saw: It's been a really long time..hmm...I took out "It's A Wonderful Life" from the library, does that count?
Favorite board game: Balderdash, Taboo, Scrabble
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Eddie Izzard
Pop culture guilty pleasure: "Mythbusters" and "Iron Chef America"
First stage kiss: I kissed my friend, Jess Shanks in a production of Twelfth Night my senior year of high school, but it was such a comedic thing, I can't remember if lips actually touched lips or not...next stage kiss, Claybourne Elder, co-star of Road Show.
Favorite post-show meal: Hummus and Tortilla chips or a PB Sandwich and an apple
How you got your Equity card: 2001 Pittsburgh CLO season in the ensemble with some amazing people.
Worst flubbed line: I went into the recent tour of Sweeney Todd for about 6 weeks and for a series of roughly 3-4 shows in a row, during "Epiphany" instead of singing the correct lyric, "Now he'll never come again!", I sang, "Now I'LL never come again!"....that's right.
Who have you played on "Law & Order"? Which edition? Me and Chris Sieber, man, haven't gotten any of the sweet love from "Law & Order"...maybe we'll be the stars of "Law & Order S.M.U. (Special Musical Unit)"
Worst costume ever: Pretty much everything I wore in George M! my second season at Pittsburgh CLO, but most particularly, the wig I wore in the 2 minute scene at the top of the second act that looked like a dead cat soaked in oil.
Cats or dogs? DOGS DOGS DOGS
Who would play you in the movie? Philip Seymour Hoffman or Pierce Brosnan (one of these is incorrect)
Worst job you ever had: Passing out flyers in the dead of winter in Times Square and Grand Central Station
TV or commercial gig you most enjoyed: Never done straight up TV other than concerts but did a really fun day on "The Producers" movie.
Leading man role you've been dying to play: Harold Hill in The Music Man, Burrs in Lippa's Wild Party, Fred/Petruchio in Kiss Me, Kate with a REALLY killer Lily/Kate.
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