PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Earnest Star David Furr

Cue and A   PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Earnest Star David Furr
 
David Furr, currently starring as Jack Worthing in Roundabout's acclaimed production of The Importance of Being Earnest, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

David Furr
David Furr

Furr's Broadway credits include Accent on Youth, Cymbeline, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Rivals and King Lear.

He appeared in Equivocation Off-Broadway and has performed with such companies as Lincoln Center Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, the McCarter, the Old Globe, Long Wharf, Denver Center Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

Screen work includes "Guiding Light," "Law & Order: SVU," "The Chicago Code," "Nurses" and "CSI: Miami."

Full given name: David Andrew Furr
Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
What your parents do for a living: My father is a industrial/organizational psychologist, and my mom worked as a medical information specialist.
Special skills: I play a number of instruments pretty decently. Also enjoy photography and sailing.
Skill/talent you wish you had or were better at:

Drawing/sketching. Legit singing.  

First Broadway show you ever saw: I saw about half of Les Miserables. I came to New York in 1988 with a class from high school. We drove overnight in a bus, toured New York all day and went to see Les Miserables that night. We all proceeded to fall asleep. I would sleep, wake up, get filled in on the plot from my friend next to me, then he'd fall asleep, wake up and I'd fill him. This went on for the whole show.

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If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be? I'd be curious to see the original Angels in America. Also VERY curious about Moose Murders.
Favorite showtune of all time: Probably something classic, maybe by Irving Berlin.
MAC or PC? MAC
Last book you read: I recently re-read "A Prayer For Owen Meany." So incredibly good.
Some films you consider classics: "Amadeus"
The "Thin Man" movies
Three favorite cities: Paris, New York, London (so far).
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: "Meet the Beatles." Still proud of that particular choice.
First stage kiss: Hmm, well I THINK it was in college, in a one-act called Present Tense. Other than that, it very well may have been as Romeo in the palm-to-palm scene.
Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: Well honestly, I didn’t start acting until college. But when I was a kid, I "played" the back-end of a horse in a Christmas pageant. It was hot under there, so I carried a little battery operated fan. So... the back end of a whirring horse.
Favorite pre-/post- show meal: Between shows, I'm currently quite into Cobb salads (with chicken). Doesn’t sit too heavy in your stomach, and gets you a fair amount of protein... bacon, egg, chicken. The one at Sardi's is especially good, particularly on half-off Wednesdays.
Favorite liquid refreshment: Bourbon. Orange Juice. Both separately and sometimes together (with bitters is good). Also fond of Manhattans.
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: Recently I’ve been running laps around the inside of the theatre before the show. The Importance of Being Earnest requires your energy to be up.
How you unwind after a performance: Manhattans. No, maybe vegging out to a movie at home with my fiance and our dog.
Worst job you've ever had: I worked for a fast food restaurant when I was 15. Not a job that lands you much respect from the general public.
Who would play you in the movie? I remember that, in junior high school, it was decided by my friends that Andrew McCarthy would play me. Clearly, that was the mid-'80s.
Favorite screen/commercial gig: Just shot a nice guest spot on the upcoming show "The Chicago Code." It was a great and challenging experience, the cast and crew were wonderful, and I got to spend a great week in Chicago.
Leading man role you've been dying to play: Henry V
Leading lady role you wish you could play: I was a reader for some auditions for Twelfth Night once upon a time. I got to read Viola opposite the guys auditioning for Orsino and the women reading for Olivia. I remember thinking "this is a GREAT role!"
Career you would want if not a performer: Photographer, or day sail operator off a Caribbean island.
Something about you that surprises people: I’ve done a good bit of song-writing. I play in clubs occasionally.
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