PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: John Schneider

Cue and A   PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: John Schneider John Schneider — who joins the cast of Broadway's Chicago Jan. 14 — fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.
John Schneider
John Schneider


Full given name: John Richard Schneider
Hometown: Mt. Kisco, New York
Zodiac sign: Aries (honestly… I've never given much weight to any of that astrology stuff… which is typical of an Aries!)
Audition song: Depends on the show. Sometimes a show tune and sometimes "Blood Sweat and Tears"!
Special skills: I don't like to brag… but I do have three kids.
First Broadway show ever saw: Grease. Loved it.
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? I'd like to see Howard Keel do Kiss Me, Kate. I think he was an amazing talent.
Favorite show tune: The opening song from Music Man just kills me! I never got to do it because I was going over the words to "Trouble" as Harold Hill at the time I was listening to it. Hands down favorite and I don't know the damn song's name! Wild, huh?
MAC or PC? I use my MAC almost every day to keep the door open in my office. For work, I use a PC.
Most played song on your iPod: "Razzle Dazzle" of course!
Last book you read: "Eulalia" by Brian Jacques. My son and I try to read the same books, and he recommended it. It was great! Fantasy with swords, Abbies, Badgers and Mice! One of 19 books in the series of "Redwall." Great stuff!
Must-see TV show: "Nip/Tuck" of course!
Last good movie you saw: How can you enjoy something more than "Knocked Up"? I was prepared to hate it and here I am singing its praises. Good film on so many levels.
Favorite board game: Scrabble
First stage kiss: I kissed Heather Scupine on stage in my high school production of Pajama Game. Loved it! I was a little nervous.
Favorite pre-show meal: Chicken salad, no mayo of course
How you got your Equity card: I found it on a park bench
Worst costume ever: Frank Butler's fringe shirt because I sucked it in just before my high note (Annie Get Your Gun)
Cats or dogs? Cats are great if you don't have a MAC to prop the door with. Otherwise… dogs all the way!
Favorite cereal: I like Captain Crunch because the sugar in it fills in all those pesky recesses in the tops of your teeth!
Worst job you ever had: I was a bouncer at a college beer bar back in 1978. Hated it because I really don't like to fight. I'm more of a lover. But… I did use those skills later that year at the Boars Nest!
What musical should you and Tom Wopat star in? I suppose Paint Your Wagon is about all there is for two guys to do on Broadway. I would really like to do either The Odd Couple or Mousetrap with him. Someone suggested Love Letters but I'm just not sure which part I would want!
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