PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Denis O'Hare

Cue and A   PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Denis O'Hare Denis O'Hare — who co-stars in the current Broadway revival of Inherit the Wind — fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop culture tidbits.
Denis O'Hare
Denis O'Hare


Full given name: Denis Patrick Seamus O'Hare
Hometown: Born in Kansas City, Missouri but raised in Southfield, Michigan - so Southfield, Michigan, I guess.
Zodiac sign: Capricorn...verrrrry Capricorn
Audition song: I do the "Liquor Dealer's Dream" from Happy End... Kurt Weill... even though I don't think I do it very well. I also do the nervous song, "Tonight at Eight," from She Loves Me because I get very nervous at musical auditions.
First Broadway show ever saw: Mass Appeal
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? Waiting for Godot - although I think it was in Miami. Failing that, Iceman Cometh or Streetcar Named Desire.
Current show you have been recommending to friends: Spring Awakening
Favorite showtune: Anything from Caroline, or Change
MAC or PC? Mac, definitely
Most played song on your iPod: One of the arias from "Ariadne Auf Naxos"
One CD you couldn't live without: "Giulio Cesare" by Handel with Beverly Sills and Norman Treigle
Last book you read: "The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins
Must-see TV show: I'm a "CSI" freak - original not Miami or NY
Last good movie you saw: "Pan's Labyrinth"
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Jessye Norman
Pop culture guilty pleasure: "24" - seasons 1-5
First stage kiss: Playing Dr. Lyman Sanderson in Harvey at Mercy High School...I remember my partner told me that I kissed in the wrong direction. She wanted me to tilt right, not left.
Favorite post- show meal: A hamburger or pasta. Once in a while, a Kati Roll - this fantastic Indian style burrito. They're amazing. The place is on 46th between Bway and 6th.
Pre-show rituals: Believe it or not, I often warm up - physical and vocal warm-up followed by a cup of coffee.
Worst missed cue: Oh, where to begin. I've gone up on lines or missed lines here and there - my favorite was in Chicago when I was doing King Lear (Edgar) with a wonderful actor playing Lear. He fell asleep in the wings and forgot to come on after I had just finished my big scene with my father (Gloucester). My line was, "But who comes here?" No one entered. I repeated it. No one. I turned and said to blind Gloucester, "Father, wait you here" and tried to leave but the actor playing Gloucester grabbed my shirt and fiercely whispered, "Don't you dare leave me alone out here." I tore myself free and ran backstage. No one could find Lear. They finally found him asleep in a chair somewhere. He was awoken and very sheepishly entered. I'm not sure if the actor playing Gloucester every really forgave me.
Who have you played on "Law & Order"? Which edition? On the original "L&O" I've played a schizophrenic, a hot-headed accountant, a militia member and a priest who kills. On "SVU," I played a mentally challenged maintenance man who raped an old lady.
Special skills: I speak French, Spanish, a little Russian and Arabic and I attempt a variety of accents. I also play (badly or not-so-badly) a variety of musical instruments including recorder, clarinet, oboe and piano.
Cats or dogs? Dogs. I've always had a dog. Currently my dog is Cleo - a very eccentric white nine-year-old Shiba Inu.
Who would play you in the movie? I don't know...are there auditions? Who's casting?