PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Next to Normal's Adam Chanler-Berat

Cue and A   PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Next to Normal's Adam Chanler-Berat Adam Chanler-Berat, who plays the role of Henry in the Tony and Pulitzer-winning Next to Normal, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Adam Chanler-Berat
Adam Chanler-Berat

Chanler-Berat is making his Broadway debut in the role he originated Off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre and the following regional run at Arena Stage.

Other theatre credits include A Civil War Christmas; Calvin Berger; Dani Girl; Mae West at Club El Fae; Honk; You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown; and Lord of the Flies.

Full given name: Adam Brian [insert Hebrew name here] Chanler-Berat
Hometown: West Nyack area, Rockland County, NY
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Audition song/monologue: If I reveal publicly, I could be robbed of the one song I sing for every audition.
Special Skills:

I have this character I do. He's an ornery, inappropriate old man named Morty. Something about the air backstage at the Booth Theatre makes him come alive. He's become my companion character for Henry in Next to Normal. Without one, the other does not exist.

First Broadway or West End show ever saw: I've been thinking about this lately. I'm pretty sure it was Ragtime.
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? It's unfair to pick only one. The list gets longer the more plays I read and the more shows that close without having seen. I'll name a few: Awake and Sing with Stella Adler and Sanford Meisner, the original company of Hair, True West with Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly, Side Show with Alice Ripley.
Current show you have been recommending to friends: It's vain if I say Next to Normal, right?
Favorite show tune: My romantic, immediate response is "My Funny Valentine."
MAC or PC? MAC born and raised.
Most played song on your iPod:

Hahahah. The rain track that I listened to at my old apartment when I was falling asleep... it drowned out the sound of trucks driving through my living room. Next real song: "Decatur" by Sufjan Stevens.

Web obsession: Nytimes.com. And I'm not being pretentious.
Last book you read: I have a habit of slowly reading 5 at a time. "Catcher in the Rye," "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," my mom's old book on Zen Buddhism.
Must-see TV show: "Top Chef," "Real Housewives of New York City," "Best Thing I Ever Ate" on Food Network. Shame on me, all reality. Shame on me.
Last good movie you saw: "An Education"

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Favorite board/card game: Life
Pop culture guilty pleasure: "Real Housewives of New York City" is the trump card, I think.
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Denis O'Hare
First stage kiss: Heather Glotzer in Kiss Me, Kate. Instantly cool-ified.
Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: Captain Hook, 7th grade.
Favorite pre-show/post-show meal:

Pre Show: Sushi. Kodama, thank you. Post Show: Pita chips and hummus, chicken parm, ice cream and cookies. Wow, that's sad to write.

How you got your Equity card: I'm a spoiled brat. Next to Normal at the reading before Second Stage.
Pre-show rituals: Ideally: vocal warm ups, steam for 10 minutes, 15 push ups, Tension Relief Neck and Back Cream.
Pets' names: Just got two kittens. Brothers. Chauncey Gardner and Thackary Binx.
Favorite junk food: Ben and Jerry's Coffee Heath Bar Crunch ice Cream; Chocolate drop cookies.
Who would play you in the movie? Michael Cera, probably. Or Fred Savage when he was younger.
Worst job you ever had: I was a Starbucks barista on the Upper East Side. People take their coffee very seriously on the Upper East Side.
TV or commercial gig you most enjoyed: "Priceless" Mastercard commercial with Peyton Manning
Leading man role you've been dying to play: The unlikely hero still living in some writer's imagination.
Three things you can't live without: Food Network, a forest to hike in, laughter.
"I'll never understand why…" ...we were so irresponsible in the Gulf.
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