PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Million Dollar Quartet Tony Winner Levi Kreis

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Levi Kreis - a 2010 Tony Award winner who is entertaining audiences nightly with his performance as Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet - fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.
Levi Kreis
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Kreis previously received a Jeff Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor playing the same role in the Chicago production of Quartet.

His films include "Frailty" and "Don't Let Go." A multi-award-winning independent recording artist, he has toured more than 300 cities nationwide; his most recent recording is titled "Where I Belong."


Full given name: Levi Todd Kreis
Hometown: Oliver Springs, TN
Zodiac Sign: (Double) Scorpio
Audition song/monologue: Looking for new audition material at present.
Special skills: Songwriting, composing, arranging.
First Broadway show ever saw: Rent on Broadway, 2000
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? The original production of The Who's Tommy
Current show you have been recommending to friends: Memphis and Fela!
Favorite show tune: "Children Will Listen" from Into the Woods
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: Tina Turner, third row, Staples Center, Los Angeles!
MAC or PC? MAC, all the way
Most played song on your iPod: Several selections by Llewellyn, and a CD called "Reiki Journey"
Web obsession: Facebook, who isn't?
Last book you read: "The Dynamic Laws of Healing" by Catherine Ponder
Must-see TV show: "So You Think You Can Dance." Dancers amaze me.
Last good movie you saw: "Toy Story 3"! Awesome.
Performers you would drop everything to go see: Ricky Martin or Kumbia All Starz
Pop culture guilty pleasure: "Tool Academy" on VH1. I'm sorry, it's just too ridiculous to not watch.
First CD/Tape/LP you owned "Hand In Hand" by the Williams Brothers. Favorite song off of the album: "Beautiful World"!
First stage kiss: I've never had a stage kiss...
Favorite post-show meal: Pre-show: Protein Shake and Cliff Bar

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Post-show: Steak and veggies made with love by my baby

Worst onstage mishap: In Million Dollar Quartet, regarding singing the "devil's music"... I said, "Listen to it, and you'll spend a million years in JAIL!" Hell is the correct sentiment there.
Worst costume ever: My old catering costume!
Pre-show rituals: At 15 minutes before the places call, I start my 10-minute pre-show meditation.
Pets' names: Momo and Jack
Favorite junk food: Doritos
Worst job you ever had: Baskin Robbins. I sprayed whipped cream all over this sweet lady and her innocent little girl once, before locking myself in the freezer for 30 minutes. I was an "I Love Lucy" episode with that job!
TV or commercial gig you most enjoyed: Working with Matthew McConaughey in Bill Paxton's directorial debut, a film called "Frailty."
Person, living or dead, you'd most like to meet: Jesus Christ. So that we can cut through the layers of agenda that Paul layered over a Master Teacher's message. I'm sure upon listening to His teachings directly we might all discover the inherent divinity within.
"I'll never understand why…" ...we can't just celebrate individual creative expression and release the need to critique or judge. No one creative expression is meant to appeal to everyone; and that's the beauty of being a unique expression of God, perfect just as we are.
Three things you can't live without: Meditation, my baby, and writing and recording my own music.
Most vivid memory from Tony night: At the end of the night, laying down in bed with my baby's hand in mine, recalling the truth of Booker T. Washington's well-known comment: "Success is to not be measured by the position one has reached in life, but by the obstacles which one has overcome while trying to succeed."
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