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|
|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|
|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.
|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)
|Favorite holiday movies:||"Elf," "Elf" and "Elf." Oh, and did I mention "Elf"?!|
|Must-see TV shows:|| "Mad Men"
|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.|