PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: John Gallagher, Jr.

Cue and A   PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: John Gallagher, Jr.
 
John Gallagher, Jr. — Tony Award winner for his work in the Tony-winning musical Spring Awakening — fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop culture tidbits.
Tony winner John Gallagher, Jr.
Tony winner John Gallagher, Jr. Photo by Aubrey Reuben


Full given name: John Howard Gallagher, Jr.
Hometown: Wilmington, DE
Zodiac sign: Gemini
Audition song: For my original Spring Awakening audition, it was "Army" by Ben Folds Five.
Special skills: One-hand clapping. The straw trick — which is hard to explain so I'll just show you sometime. I can also dilate my pupils on cue, but I'm beginning to think that may not be the healthiest party favor out there and it might behoove me to cease doing it.
First Broadway show ever saw: The revival of Once Upon a Mattress starring Sarah Jessica Parker.
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? The original cast of Rent; I played that record until it wouldn't play anymore when I was 14. I'm excited about Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal returning to their roles because it'll give me a slight taste of what the original experience of that show must have been, if I should be lucky enough to catch them while they're in it. I also would give anything to have been in the audience at the opening night of West Side Story.
Favorite showtune: Oh dear. I love "I Don't Care Much" from Cabaret and also "Lament (Lonesome Polecat)" from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and always the "Tonight" quintet from West Side Story.
MAC or PC? MAC...and not just for their cool advertising campaigns either.
Most played song on your iPod: I am sans iPod right now, but the song that is most played on my iTunes these days is "Paranoia in Bb Major" by the Avett Brothers.
Last magazine you read: A Guitar World magazine with some interesting articles about Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and the Fab Faux, the world's most sonically accurate Beatles cover band.
Must-see TV show: I can't remember the last time I watched a TV show.
Last good movie you saw: The last movie I really liked was actually a re-viewing of "The Burbs" starring Tom Hanks and Carrie Fisher...now that movie is a good time.
Favorite board/card game: Cranium. It's a little bit of everything.
Performer you would drop everything to go see: The Avett Brothers. They make me feel like a truly obsessed little kid again. Also, one of my favorite actors to watch in New York is Reed Birney.
Pop culture guilty pleasure: I watched the first two seasons of "The O.C" fervently...and I mean fervently.
First stage kiss: Sara Salvatore. She was Becky Thatcher to my Tom Sawyer back at the Delaware Children's Theater, and she just recently was a contestant on "Grease: You're the One That I Want." Small world, huh?
How you got your Equity card: If I remember correctly, it was through the workshop I did of David Marshall Grant's Current Events months before I made my New York stage debut in the same show at MTC.
Worst onstage mishap: During previews of Spring Awakening, I had a tricky time nailing down my character's physicality, and before I found my center I had numerous accidental onstage falls. There was one record-breaking night where I believe I fell down three or four times before the end of the show. My knees hurt almost as much as my soul that night.
Who have you played on "Law & Order"? Which edition? I played an innocent but interrogated high school student on "Law & Order" opposite Jerry Orbach and Jesse L. Martin and a paramedic-in-training with a mother in a vegetative state on "Law and Order: Criminal Intent."
Worst costume ever: The worst and yet best costume award goes to the same wardrobe pieces I wore in my first scene in Rabbit Hole. Gray sweat pants and a "Star Wars" T-Shirt.
Cats or Dogs? Dogs, dogs a thousand times dogs. Cats and I rarely get along, but every now and then I meet a cat that I absolutely fall in love with.
Favorite cereal: Honey Bunches of Oats.
Who would play you in the movie? Probably Adam Brody...quirky enough to seem human but pretty enough to sell tickets.
Worst job you ever had: I have to say I have been extremely lucky in my career and have yet to truly work a "joe job." Even when doing work that might be considered "less than," I always try to find the good in it. I catered a few times a couple years ago and found being a nameless food supplier and dish taker-awayer to be quite satisfying. Also, I got a lot of free wine out of it.
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