PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Kristine Nielsen

Cue and A   PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Kristine Nielsen Kristine Nielsen — who co-stars in the Broadway revival of Les Liaisons Dangereuses — fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop culture tidbits.
Kristine Nielsen
Kristine Nielsen


Full given name: Kristine Nielsen
Hometown: Bethesda, MD
Zodiac sign: Gemini
Audition song/monologue: "Zip" from Pal Joey/"Southern Comfort" from Terrence McNally's Whiskey
Special skills: Cooking and eating
First Broadway show ever saw: Actual in NY B'way show was Chicago, but saw Hair at the National in D.C.
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? A Streetcar Named Desire, but any of the original Marx Brothers' shows. My dad had the time of his life as a young naval officer experiencing one of their events and I've always been envious.
Favorite show tune: "You'll Never Walk Alone" from Carousel with "This Nearly Was Mine" from South Pacific a very close second.
MAC or PC? PC
Most played song on your iPod: "Beautiful Day" by U2
One CD you couldn't live without: Any and all Bruce Springsteen
Last book you read: "No Country for Old Men"
Must-see TV show: "In Treatment," but "Damages" will be back!
Last good movie you saw: "There Will Be Blood"
Favorite board/card game: I hate card games and that's a main feature of what I have to do in Les Liaisons! HELP!!!!!!!
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Maggie Smith
Pop culture guilty pleasure: "Project Runway" and/or "The Chelsea Handler Show"
First stage kiss: I'm sure there was an errant shepherd in an early Christmas pageant, but Michael Esper in Crazy Mary last summer left a lasting impression.
Favorite post-show meal: Late-nite popcorn, always at home.
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: At Northwestern, just grasping all the possibilities and truthfulness of a school production - I played Suzie in Hot L Baltimore and insisted on heavy, realistically packed suitcases for my departure from the hotel. A cab driver was supposed to enter and help scoot me off the stage for a great final exit. Of course, the black box theatre door got locked by mistake, and the young actor playing the cab driver could not make his entrance. So I started to leave, dragging one suitcase off at a time. Then would have to come back on and retrieve another, improvising horrible Lanford Wilson like lines like "O.K. now I'm really going," or "This time I mean it!" or "I don't need this bag"..... (an actor's nightmare in slo-mo)
Who have you played on "Law & Order"? Which edition? I've been a Clipboard character on the original, "Criminal Intent," and "Conviction."
Cats or dogs? Dogs
Favorite cereal: McCann's Irish oatmeal
Who would play you in the movie? I wish Maureen Stapleton was still around......
Worst job you ever had: Information operator on Cape Cod when the lines went out in Boston and all 411 calls were sent to us and everyone who seemed to call was Italian with a very complicated name or Chinese with a frighteningly similar name with subtle tonal differences.
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