PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Nick Spangler

Cue and A   PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Nick Spangler
 
Nick Spangler — who co-stars in Off-Broadway's musical The Fantasticks and was the recent winner of "The Amazing Race" — fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop culture tidbits.
Nick Spangler
Nick Spangler


Full given name: Nicholas Caires Spangler
Hometown: Los Altos, CA
Zodiac sign: Taurus
Audition song: "If I Loved You" from Carousel or "Stay" from Do I Hear a Waltz. Gimme the classics!
Special skills: All random stuff I've learned from being in shows: walking on my hands, lasso tricks, juggling (that's a new one thanks to The Fantasticks).
First Broadway show ever saw: Titanic. Say what you will, I dug a lot of the music.
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? The original West Side Story. I'm stoked for the revival, but I'd give anything to see that show come to life for the first time.
Current show you have been recommending to friends: In the Heights. Ever since their performance of "Tradition" at the Easter Bonnet Competition last year, I've been obsessed.
Favorite show tune: "My Funny Valentine." I've got at least 12 versions of it on my iTunes so I can listen to it for hours.
MAC or PC? I've been a MAC man since forever! Our family got one of the original beige ones. Dark Castle was the coolest thing I'd ever seen.
Most played song on your iPod: "Such Great Heights" by The Postal Service
Last book you read: "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" by Michael Chabon
Must-see TV show: "Pushing Daisies"
Last good movie you saw: "Slumdog Millionaire"
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Alan Rickman. Seeing him in Private Lives was basically the height of my theatergoing experience.
Pop culture guilty pleasure: "The Amazing Race"!
First stage kiss: My friend Ashley Barrett when I was Prince Charming in Cinderella in junior high. One performance she whispered to me (while onstage) that she was sick and I should just kiss her hand. When I went in for a smooch, she forced her hand up in front of my face.
Favorite post-show meal: An 11 o'clock bowl of Special K and a DVR'd episode of "The Simpsons."
How you got your Equity card: A production of The Fantasticks at The Gateway Playhouse on Long Island. It not only gave me my card, but I met the late Bobby Oliver who was responsible for getting me seen for the Off-Broadway production.
Worst missed cue: I was nine years old and playing Winthrop Paroo in The Music Man. I was playing poker in my dressing room when the stage manager burst in and screamed that I had missed my cue. I had to run up some stairs and perform "Gary Indiana" completely out of breath.
Worst costume ever: I did a production of West Side Story at The Forestburgh Playhouse Upstate and for some reason they decided to design the costumes as "Punk" vs. "Hip Hop." So I did the show wearing huge sagging jeans and a neon green sleeveless shirt. (Yikes.)
Who would play you in the movie? Kevin Bacon – so that 26 years later they could remake it with Zac Efron.
Worst job you ever had: A smoothie maker at Jamba Juice in California. So many drinks…so few ingredients.
TV or commercial gig you most enjoyed: A Jell-o commercial I did when I was a kid. I got to spend the day smiling through an orange film of Jell-o.
Leading man role you've been dying to play: Billy Bigelow in Carousel.
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