PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Elf's Amy Spanger

Cue and A   PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Elf's Amy Spanger
 
Broadway favorite Amy Spanger, currently playing the role of Jovie in the new musical Elf at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Amy Spanger
Amy Spanger

Spanger has been seen on Broadway as Sherrie in Rock of Ages, Lois Lane in Kiss Me, Kate, Holly in The Wedding Singer, Hope Cladwell in Urinetown and Roxie Hart in Chicago.

She played Maureen in the first national touring company of Rent and originated the role of Susan in Jonathan Larson's tick, tick…BOOM! Prior to Elf, Spanger appeared in the world-premiere staging of Robin and the 7 Hoods at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre.

Screen credits include "Law & Order: SVU," "Six Feet Under," "Synechdoche, New York" and the "Reefer Madness" musical.

Full given name: Amy Spanger
Hometown: Newbury, MA
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Special skills: I'm an excellent baker. Pumpkin chiffon pie is my specialty!
Skill/talent you wish you had or were better at: Answering these questions grin
Current audition song/monologue: Don't really have one... whatever they want me to sing.
First Broadway show you ever saw: Into The Woods (the original production). I saw it at the Martin Beck (now the Al Hirschfeld) Theatre, where I performed in Kiss Me, Kate; Wedding Singer; and now Elf!
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? Sweeney Todd
Stage or screen star of the past you would most love to have performed with: Gwen Verdon. She's an idol.
Current show you have been recommending to friends: Elf
Angels in America
Favorite showtune of all time: "Sunday"
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: The current production of Angels in America. Wow.

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Most played song on your iPod: "Lovely Day" by Bill Withers
Most-visited websites: Shopbop.com. I kinda like clothes.
Last book you read: "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell
Last good movie you saw: "Inception." My mind was blown!
Some films you consider classics: "All That Jazz"
"Born Yesterday" (the original)
"Annie Hall"
Favorite holiday movies: "Elf," "Elf" and "Elf." Oh, and did I mention "Elf"?!
Must-see TV shows: "Mad Men"
"30 Rock"
"Modern Family"
Pop-culture guilty pleasure: I love all the Bravo shows.
Performer you would drop everything to go see: I'm dying to see Radiohead live. They're my favorite band.
Favorite cities: NYC, Rome, Chicago
Favorite sport/team/player: Not a huge sports fan- I like the Boston teams.
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: "Queen's Greatest Hits." I was really into classic rock as a kid.
First stage kiss: Michael Berresse in Kiss Me, Kate
Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: Mr. Pennypinch in Scrooge The Musical when I was in the 4th grade.
Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: Always
How you got your Equity card: A musical called Lunch. Not a great title.
Favorite post-show meal: Steak frites at Cafe Une Duex Trois.
Favorite liquid refreshment: I like wine- usually dry, usually red.
Pre-performance rituals or warm-ups: Coffee, yoga.
Favorite fast food/junk food: In-N-Out Burger in LA. If only they had one in the city!
Most embarrassing or spectacular flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: I went up during Maureen's performance piece in Rent in St. Paul. I kept repeating, "and then a little.. and then a little... and then a little dog..." Simone, who was playing Mimi, started feeding me my lines. My whole life flashed before my eyes.
Most unpleasant or unappealing costume ever: I've been lucky in the costume department. I've been really fortunate to have worked with some geniuses.
Worst job you ever had: I delivered pizza for a summer when I was 19. Kinda dangerous.
Who would play you in the movie? I hope I would play me in the movie!
Leading lady role you've been dying to play: Sally Bowles in Cabaret
Leading man role you wish you could play: I enjoy being a girl.
Favorite screen or commercial role: Sally in "Reefer Madness," the movie musical.
Who have you played on "Law & Order"? Which edition(s)?

Marlene Reston on "Law & Order: SVU" She was married to a man who raped a woman in the Iraq war, then killed her and cut the baby out of her to destroy the evidence. I was covering up for him. Ew!!!

Three things you can't live without: My boyfriend Brian, water, air
Something about you that surprises people: I'm a nice person.
Words of wisdom for aspiring performers? Figure out who you are and be that. No apologies. Also, if you want to do anything else, do that. It's a tough business.
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