PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: In the Heights' Bianca Marroquin

Cue and A   PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: In the Heights' Bianca Marroquin
 
Bianca Marroquin - an acclaimed Roxie Hart currently playing the friendly salon owner Daniela of In the Heights - fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.
Bianca Marroquin
Bianca Marroquin

The Mexican-born actress' Broadway credits include Chicago and The Pajama Game. Her portrayal of Roxie Hart won her a Helen Hayes Award, and she received an IRNE for playing Rose Alvarez in Bye Bye Birdie.

Marroquin previously starred in Mexico City productions of Beauty and The Beast, Rent, Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, Vagina Monologues and The Sound of Music.


Full given name: Bianca Pamela Marroquin Perez
Hometown: Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Audition song/monologue: "I'm Way Ahead" from Seesaw
Special skills: Spanish/English bilingual
Play piano by ear
Songwriter
First Broadway show ever saw: Phantom of the Opera
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? Chicago, 1975
Current show you have been recommending to friends: In the Heights, La Cage and Rock of Ages
Favorite show tune: "I'm Not Afraid of Anything" from Songs for a New World
MAC or PC? MAC
Most played song on your iPod: "Crazy" by Gnarles Barkley
Web obsession: Facebook and Overstock.com
Last book you read: "Like Water for Chocolate"
Must-see TV show: "So You Think You Can Dance"
Last good movie you saw: "Kick-Ass"
Favorite card game: Trivial Pursuit
Performers you would drop everything to go see: Chita Rivera, Madonna and Tori Amos
Pop culture guilty pleasure: Shoes and scarves
First CD/Tape/LP you owned "True Colors" by Cyndi Lauper
First stage kiss: Rent (as Mimi), Mexico City cast
Favorite post-show meal: Sushi
How you got your Equity card: Was invited to do Roxie, who I was playing in the Mexico City cast of Chicago, on Broadway. Broadway debut: June 18, 2002, Shubert Theatre
Worst onstage mishap: Phantom of the Opera in Mexico City. I was on as Meg Giry, climbing down gate at end of show. Harness got stuck, emergency brake triggered about 6 feet from floor... I panicked! I managed to unhook myself and jumped. Made it! Was able to finish show!
Worst costume ever: Stinky monkey suit in Phantom of the Opera
Pre-show rituals: Talk to my mom in heaven
Pets' names: Momo and Jack
Favorite junk food: Oreos; Strawberry and coconut blizzard at Dairy Queen
Who would play you in the movie? Me! [Laughs.] Or Christina Applegate.
Worst job you ever had: Modeling at a restaurant, going table to table explaining who designed my entire outfit. A clothing store had a deal with them. Ladies lunching there could care less and were sometimes very rude. I hated to interrupt their conversations, but that was the job and I had to develop a charming skill for it.
TV or commercial gig you most enjoyed: A Spanish Olive Garden commercial, and playing Yolanda Rios in "One Life to Live"
Leading lady role you've been dying to play: Evita
Who have you played on "Law & Order"? I'm probably the only Broadway actress who hasn't done "Law and Order"! [Laughs.]
"I'll never understand why…" My Mom left so soon.
Three things you can't live without: My husband, the stage and my elliptical
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