PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Michael Cerveris

Cue and A   PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Michael Cerveris Michael Cerveris — star of Off-Broadway's current King Lear and the upcoming Broadway musical LoveMusik — fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop culture tidbits.
Michael Cerveris in King Lear.
Michael Cerveris in King Lear. Photo by Michal Daniel


Full given name: Moon Unit Cerveris (my parents were big Zappa fans)
Hometown: Huntington, WV (we were Marshall)
Audition song: "Young Americans" — David Bowie
Monologue you can recite from memory: anything from "March of the Penguins"
First Broadway show ever saw: original Sweeney Todd
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? Brando in Streetcar, Olivier in The Entertainer or Uncle Vanya
Current show you have been recommending to friends: Journey's End
MAC or PC? MAC with ProTools for music recording, PC for everything else
Most played song on your iPod: "One Big Holiday" (My Morning Jacket)
One CD you couldn't live without: The Replacements' "Tim"
Last book you read: "If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things" by Jon McGregor (a truly wondrous book)
Must-see TV show: there's no such thing….but I do love "Life On Mars" (BBC), "Slings and Arrows" (Sundance), "Shameless" (Channel 4)
Last good movie you saw: "Volver"
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Robert Duvall
Pop culture guilty pleasure: "24"
First stage kiss: (boy/girl) Nancy Hume in Romeo and Juliet at Yale undergrad / (boy/boy) Peter Evans in Total Eclipse Off-Broadway
Favorite pre-/post- show meal: pre: Jamba Juice and soup / post: Guinness (it’s a meal in a glass, you know…)
Pre-show rituals: worrying
Worst flubbed line: I think I once said "My name is Frank," in a Maria Irene Fornes play. The character was not named Frank.
Special skills: if I had special skills, I wouldn't have had to be an actor
Cats or dogs? dogs, dogs, dogs
Who would play you in the movie? shaved head, tattoos…..apparently Britney Spears is making a bid for it
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