PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Victoria Clark

Cue and A   PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Victoria Clark Victoria Clark — the Tony-winning actress who co-stars in the Off-Broadway revival of The Marriage of Bette and Boo — fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop culture tidbits.
Victoria Clark
Victoria Clark


Full given name: Victoria Jean Clark
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Zodiac sign: Libra — all things in balance — artsy, but Virgo rising, makes me a picky artist, there's nothing worse!
Audition song: "It's An Art" from Working or "They Say That Falling in Love Is Wonderful" from Annie Get Your Gun. I also used to do "I Wish it So" from Juno a lot for a soprano moment.
Special skills: I like silly vices; I like to do the National Anthem as a trumpet using no trumpet. Impersonation of Tammy Grimes in "The Unsinkable Molly Brown." Silly walks, bad Alvin Ailey warm-ups, and baking.
First Broadway show ever saw: Pippin with Ben Vereen, sixth row on the aisle.
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? Ethel Merman doing anything. Mary Martin in Peter Pan or South Pacific and the following opening nights: Evita, Oklahoma!, The Cradle Will Rock and Beauty Queen of Leenane.
Current show you have been recommending to friends: In the Heights
Favorite show tune: I don't have a favorite, but I am a sucker for Irving Berlin, so for today, I will say "I Got Lost in His Arms"... from Annie Get Your Gun
Most played song on your iPod: I do not have an iPod, I am scared of iPods. I have enough songs playing in my head, I don't need to download anything, are you kidding??
Last book you read: Biographies of Marc Blitzstein and Sean O'Casey
Must-see TV show: I rarely watch TV, but when I do, it is usually "Saturday Night Live" or soccer or CNN.
Last good movie you saw: "The Happening"!!!
Favorite board game: Scrabble, I always lose, I always make up words, and I always challenge everyone else's even mildly suspicious words.
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Lily Tomlin, Frederica Von Stade, Martin Moran, Henry Stram, Mark Harelik, Mary Beth Peil, Julie Hagerty
First stage kiss: Interlochen Arts Camp, 1977, West Side Story (Maria). I had to stuff my costume with toilet paper. It all came out one night during "I Feel Pretty." Then I felt dorky.
Favorite post-show meal: Any food item involving corn products. Corn chips, tortillas, popcorn, etc.
How you got your Equity card: Playing the fictitious sassy neighbor of the Wright Brothers in a TYA show about the Wright Brothers. Our Northeast tour was cancelled, so we then were scheduled to perform for one hour at the 92nd St. Y, then that was cut back to 1/2 hour, so I got my card, for rehearsing for two weeks or so, and performing for half an hour. And never had to leave the city. The easiest, lowest stress story ever. I was very, very lucky.
Worst flubbed line: There have been many. I guess one of the worst was when sweet Katie Clarke went into Piazza, and something we did near the beginning of the show just threw me for a loop. We were in the Ufizzi scene, and I could not remember my next line, so I just skipped to my exit line, and said to her, "Darling, things are often hard," and left her standing alone by herself in the middle of the Vivian Beaumont stage. Luckily, she had a song coming up, and she was smart enough to look down at Kim Grigsby, and they just started the song. It was in her first week of performances. She was poised and collected and quite brilliant. I told her, she was never going to have something that horrible ever happen to her again!! What a way to be baptized into the theater. Oy!!!
Who have you played on "Law & Order"? Which edition? I have played a fetal alcohol syndrome counselor on SVU, and a crime scene investigator on the original "Law & Order." Got to work with our beloved Jerry Orbach. He kept tap dancing in between takes and saying, "You know I used to do musicals when I was younger." I was like, "Uh — Yeah, Jerry, I know who you are, my friend!!"
Worst costume ever: I had to wear this gigantic wooden moon costume in Harold and the Purple Crayon. I played opposite Jeff Blumenkrantz as Harold. I remember the choreography was a little tricky with the rig on.
Favorite cereal: I don't eat cereal. But if I did, I would stick my head into a trough of homemade organic granola.
Who would play you in the movie? I hope no one has to play me, because that is an ultra-scary thought, but maybe Celia Keenan-Bolger? She is my soul sister in many ways.
TV or commercial gig you most enjoyed: Singing high notes into a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup and watching it explode in special effects.
Leading lady role you've been dying to play: Lady Macbeth!
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