PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Chicago's John O'Hurley

Cue and A   PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Chicago's John O'Hurley John O'Hurley - a stage and screen actor currently playing lawyer Billy Flynn in Broadway's Chicago - fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.
John O'Hurley
John O'Hurley

O'Hurley, who made his Broadway debut in Chicago, is well-known for his role on "Seinfeld" and as a favorite on the first season of "Dancing with the Stars."

Other credits include numerous TV and competition hosting roles and several recordings of his own music, including the most recent album, "Secrets from the Lake."

He has played the role of King Arthur in the Las Vegas and Los Angeles engagements of Spamalot and was seen earlier this year as boss J.B. Biggley in the Reprise Theatre Company's production of How to Succeed....


Full given name: John O'Hurley
Hometown: West Hartford, CT
Zodiac Sign: Libra
Audition song/monologue: "Mr. Clown"
Special skills: Sound remarkably like that actor who played J. Peterman on "Seinfeld"
First Broadway show ever saw: Chorus Line
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? Lee J. Cobb in Death of a Salesman
Current show you have been recommending to friends: Jersey Boys and, of course, Chicago
Favorite show tune: "Bring Him Home," Les Miserables
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: Brian Bedford in Equus, 1976. He was the best to ever play the role.
What talent would you most like to have? Tap dancing
Most played song on your iPod: I listen to my own music, mostly, so "Secrets From The Lake," which was just released.
Most visited website: PrivateIslands.com
Last book you read: "1776" by David McCullough
Must-see TV show: "Glee"
A few films you would consider classics: "The Lion King" is the only film I can watch over and over.

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Performers you would drop everything to go see: Kevin Kline
Pop culture guilty pleasure: Dire Straits. Still praying for the reunion.
Three favorite cities: New York, Boston and Pebble Beach, CA
First CD/Tape/LP you owned Gerry and the Pacemakers, "Ferry Cross the Mersey"
First stage kiss: College. As the Boy in The Fantasticks
Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child: My first show was in high school, a children's musical. I was so tone deaf that I couldn't hear the key of my number, so I had to perform it without any accompaniment.
Favorite post-show meal: We eat at La Masseria on 48th/8th after every show. The lobster pasta is my reward for a job well done.
Worst onstage mishap: First time singing in a cabaret theatre in college. I walked onstage and the tip of my shoe caught the top step. I fell face first onstage, and proceeded to sing Sinatra's ballad, "You Will Be My Music," face-down on the stage. True story.
Pre-show rituals: Just before I walk on stage, I close my eyes and say a prayer to remember how grateful I am to be able to do what I do. And then I make a promise to myself that sometime during the show, I will surprise myself. It keeps me focused and the role fresh.
Worst costume ever: My first musical in New York, Eternal Love, a medieval musical catastrophe of epic proportions. I wore a quilted tunic that looked like it came off a bad Vegas sofa. I had a little hat that had a rounded top. The whole outfit made me look like a condom.
Favorite junk food: Smoked Oysters. Ok not junk, but I consume them like candy. Also chips and salsa.
Favorite liquid refreshment: Wine
Who would play you in the movie? Jeremy Irons - in a spectacular act of career suicide.
Worst job you ever had: Boiler plant watchman on the midnight shift.
TV or commercial gig you most enjoyed: Hosting "To Tell the Truth" from 1999-2001. It was a talk show that you played along with.
Leading man role you've been dying to play: Martin Dysart in Equus
Person, living or dead, you'd most like to meet: T.S. Eliot or G.K Chesterton
Favorite sport/team/player: Boston Red Sox
Three things you can't live without: My wife, my son and our summer home in Vermont.
Music that makes you cry, any genre: Puccini. Also Les Miserables.
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