PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Mrs. Warren's Profession's Edward Hibbert

Cue and A   PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Mrs. Warren's Profession's Edward Hibbert
 
Stage and screen favorite Edward Hibbert, currently featured in the Broadway staging of Mrs. Warren's Profession, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Edward Hibbert
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A veteran of the dramatic stage, Hibbert is perhaps best known to TV audiences for his 11-year run as food critic Gil Chesterton on "Frasier."

He has appeared on Broadway in Curtains, The Drowsy Chaperone, Noises Off, Me and My Girl, Alice in Wonderland, The Green Bird and Marlene.

Film credits include "The Prestige," "Taking Woodstock," "Everyone Says I Love You," "The Paper" and "First Wives Club".

Full given name: Edward Alexander Hibbert
Hometown: Born in New York, grew up in London.
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
What your parents did for a living: Both actors.
Special skills: Flawless impersonations of celebrity British actors and actresses.
Skill/talent you wish you had or were better at: Tap dancing
First Broadway and West End shows you ever saw:

In the West End, the original production of Oliver! with Ron Moody and Georgia Brown. My father knew both of them so I got taken backstage to meet them. On Broadway, Lauren Bacall in Woman of the Year.


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If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? Uta Hagen in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Current show you have been recommending to friends: Mrs. Warren's Profession
Favorite showtune: "I'm Still Here" from Follies
Some favorite musicals: Gypsy, Follies, Fiddler on the Roof, The Drowsy Chaperone and Curtains
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Maggie Smith
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: Angela Lansbury in Gypsy
PC or MAC: PC
Most played song on your iPod: "Knock 'Em Out" by Lily Allen
Most-visited websites: Mine! www.edwardhibbert.com
Last book you read: "Must You Go?" Antonia Fraser's amazingly moving account of her relationship with Harold Pinter.
Last good movie you saw: "A Piece of Work"... a brilliant and inspiring documentary on Joan Rivers.
Some films you consider classics: "Brief Encounter"
"All About Eve"
"The Fallen Idol"
"The Conformist"
"Hannah and Her Sisters"
"Grey Gardens"
"This Sporting Life"
Must-see TV shows: "Mistresses" on BBC America, "Modern Family"
Pop-culture guilty pleasure: "Intervention" and "Hoarders"
Three favorite cities: London, New York, Venice
Favorite sport/team/player: Baseball, New York Mets, David Wright
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: "A Hard Day's Night"
First stage kiss:

At the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in Troilus and Cressida. A Dutch actor with beautifully soft lips.

Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: "Prince Sparkle Eyes" in The Fairy Forest, written by me and performed in the family garden.
Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: See above.
Favorite pre-show and post-show meal:

Preshow: An English delicacy at Tea And Sympathy, a little piece of nirvana in the West Village without which I could not survive. Post-show: Orso. I am addicted to their delicious pizza bread.

Favorite liquid refreshment: Pol Roger champagne and PG Tips English tea.
Pre-performance rituals or warm-ups:

Deep breathing and a splash of fragrance. I choose a different aroma for every character I play. For Mr. Praed in Mrs. Warren's Profession, it is Lime, Basil and Mandarin by Jo Malone.

How you unwind after a performance: Good wine, good friends.
Something about you that surprises people: I have a second career as a literary agent. My clients include Chuck Palahniuk, author of the classic "Fight Club."
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: In The Way of the World an actress made her first entrance with her second-act costume sticking out of her dress, still on its hanger!
Most unpleasant costume ever: A black dress with a bustle that was so heavy I felt like I was carrying a sofa on my back.
Worst costume ever: A leopard skin thong.
Worst job you've ever had: Working in a mental hospital where I performed Noel Coward songs in the manic depressive women's ward.
Who would play you in the movie? Lady Gaga
Leading man role you've been dying to play: Richard III, and Garry Essendine in Present Laughter
Leading lady role you wish you could play Well, I've already played Lady Bracknell, so I think it's time for my Hedda.
Who have you played on "Law & Order"? Which edition?

SVU. I played the president of a foundation who is an S&M fetishist. I got to lick Mariska Hargitay's Prada boots. She is so exquisite. It was an honour, really.

Favorite TV/film/commercial gig: The eleven seasons on "Frasier" were extraordinary. A perfect ensemble and some of the most sophisticated writing to be found on prime time TV. With its ending came the end of an era.
What career you would like to have if not a performer:

Documentary film maker. I have a strong need to make a film about the British expatriates living in Santa Eulalia in Ibiza. Wildly eccentric, pickled in alcohol and no atttempt made to go native. I want to call it "It Ain't Necessario So"!

Three things you can't live without: Music
Books
My friends
"I'll never understand why..." ... ANYONE wants to revive Peer Gynt.
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