PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Rod

Cue and A   PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Rod Rod — star of Broadway's now-four-year-old musical (and currently on national tour) Avenue Q — fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop culture tidbits.
Rod
Rod Photo by Carol Rosegg


Full given name: Rod. I have no last name, in the tradition of Cher.
Hometown: Gay Head, Massachusetts
Zodiac sign: Taurus, the Bull — it's the most conservative sign.
Audition song: "Being Mrs. Banks" [of Mary Poppins]
Special skills: Few people know this about me, but I have removable nipples.
First Broadway show ever saw: Annie — I still weep from time to time that I will never get to play an orphan. But as Annie says: "Maybe."
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? The Blonde in the Thunderbird.
Current show you have been recommending to friends: The construction site on 79th and Lexington.
Most played song on your iPod: I have an entire iPod devoted to Judy Garland, which I play straight through on days when I'm feeling blue. Which is frequently.
One CD you couldn't live without: Judy. Carnegie. Next?
Last book you read: "Finding the Boyfriend Within," by Brad Gooch.
Must-see TV show: Anything on Lifetime, though I occasionally turn to Oxygen. Oh, and "Robyn Byrd," of course.
Last good movie you saw: "300." Need I say more?
Favorite board/card game: Parcheesi!
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Well, most of my top choices are dead. On the brighter side, I am hoping Carol Channing will do another Hello, Dolly! — you know the old gal still has it in her.
Pop culture guilty pleasure: That's a tough question as I'm so appalled by pop culture today, what with those Britneys and Lindseys and Parises. Remember when the people having meltdowns actually had talent?
First stage kiss: Still waiting on that one.
Favorite post-show meal: I usually have a simple Lean Cuisine at home after the show. It's difficult being in public now that I'm a celebrity.
How you got your Equity card: A bus and truck of Starmites. Little known fact.
Worst onstage mishap: My eyeball once fell off into Lucy's cleavage during Avenue Q's climactic final number. Rick Lyon had to fashion me a new one as they still haven't found it down there. Rumors suggest that if the authorities dug deep enough, they might find Jimmy Hoffa, or at least a few WMDs.
Who have you played on "Law & Order"? Which edition? I once turned down the amorous advances of Christopher Meloni, so he's banned me forever from that show. But I think I'd be a natural "heavy" on an upcoming episode — call my agents!
Worst costume ever: There was a scene in Avenue Q that required me to wear a thong. Thank God it was cut during previews.
Cats or dogs? Neither — I tend to collect stray hairs, and my dresser is already tired of de-linting me.
Favorite cereal: Lucky Charms, the fey cereal.
Who would play you in the movie? It's in my contract that I will play myself. Back off, Barbra!
Worst job you ever had: Understudying in the Blue Man Group.
What musical role have you been dying to play? That's easy: "Man in Chair" in The Drowsy Chaperone. (Hello, Berney Telsey? Why have I not had a single call?) I almost sued the production because that is the story of my life!!

(Special thanks to Avenue Q's Tony Award-winning librettist Jeff Whitty.)