PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Mary McCormack

Cue and A   PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Mary McCormack
 
Mary McCormack — Tony Award-nominated star of the Broadway revival of Boeing-Boeing — fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop culture tidbits.
Mary McCormack
Mary McCormack


Full given name: Mary Catherine McCormack
Hometown: Plainfield, NJ
Zodiac sign: Aquarius
Audition monologue: A monologue from The Lights by Howard Korder
Special skills: Can palm a basketball
First Broadway show ever saw: Oklahoma!
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? Any of the Odets plays by The Group Theatre at the Longacre where we're doing Boeing-Boeing. It's amazing to think about what happened in this gorgeous old theatre.
Current show you have been recommending to friends: Anton Dudley's Substitution at The Soho Theatre. In my opinion, he's one of the great new voices in the theatre — a very exciting playwright.
Favorite show tune: "Simple" from Nine or "Not a Day Goes By" from Merrily We Roll Along. Couldn't decide.
Most played song on your iPod: "Trapeze Swinger" by Iron & Wine
One CD you couldn't live without: The soundtrack to "Annie." I have a three-year-old, Margaret, and in the car it saves my life!
Last book you read: "American Pastoral" by Phillip Roth. It's one of the great NJ books of all time.
Must-see TV show: "Intervention." I just think it's heartbreaking, agonizing, beautiful.
Last good movie you saw: "The Bank Job." Good old-fashioned fun. And it could only be a movie.
Favorite board game: Boggle. I'm undefeated. Seriously.
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Elton John
Pop culture guilty pleasure: Reality TV...all of it, all the time.
First stage kiss: Having trouble remembering...maybe in high school? The Pajama Game?
Favorite post-show meal: Angus's
How you got your Equity card: My Marriage to Ernest Borgnine at The Vineyard
Worst missed cue: When I was 13 I played Shprintze in Fiddler on the Roof at Plays in the Park in NJ. The actor playing Tevye said, "Here are my five daughters!" And there were only four on stage. I was in the back hanging out with other actors - having a laugh backstage. Uh. I'll never ever forget that feeling.
Who have you played on "Law & Order"? I played a bartender who didn't want to spill the beans and then did, of course. Five lines or so...but a huge thrill.
Worst costume ever: I did a play in a small black box up at Columbia, and I had to have my tongue cut out. It was a play about censorship - I think. They wrapped a red bandanna around my mouth and the lyrics were "So sad she had to go, so sad she was so young. Sad that she didn't know. Sad that they took her tongue." Yup.
Favorite cereal: Lucky Charms. I have the charms tattooed on my ankle.
Who would play you in the movie? Alan Cumming
TV or commercial gig you most enjoyed: My new show "In Plain Sight" on USA. It's on Sunday nights at ten, and I'm really proud of it. It's all about the Witness Protection Program. I play a great character, a really bad-ass marshal that hides people for a living.
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