The singing actress was most recently seen as Sister Mary Roberts in Sister Act on Broadway. Other theatre work includes Lincoln Center Theater's South Pacific, the first national tour of The Drowsy Chaperone, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Paper Mill, Philadelphia Theatre Company), The Wild Party (New Repertory Theatre) and Songs for a New World (Princeton Opera).
Full given name:
Marla Danielle Weiner
Where you were born/where you were raised:
Born in NJ. Grew up in Yardley, PA.
What your parents did/do for a living:
My dad is a musical theatre composer. My mom was a court reporter that has turned woodworker, scrapbooker and general kookstress.
Younger sisters, Lisa and Olivia. They're nailing it. We're like a destitute, Jewish version of the Kardashians.
I can squeak like a poor man's Mariah Carey (when she actually could squeak).
Something you're REALLY bad at:
First Broadway show you ever saw:
I believe it was Big River when I was 3.
Did you have any particular mentors or inspirations when first starting out?
Definitely my Dad (Stephen Weiner). He would play records of musicals all the time or compose music while I was falling asleep at night. He absolutely inspired me to go into this crazy business.
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be?
Mame. Gypsy. Hello Dolly. Something reeealllll old fashioned and dame-y.
Current or recent shows you recommended to friends:
I wish more people caught The Performers. In my opinion, it was one of the funniest plays I've seen in a while. Ari Graynor is a freaking genius.
Favorite showtune(s) of all time:
If I said "The Life I Never Led," would you slap me across the face?
Some favorite modern musicals:
Ghost the Musical. I went on a holy musical crusade and saw it 4 times.
Some favorite classic musicals:
Gypsy, The Secret Garden
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with:
A Judy and Liza sandwich.
Your personal vocal idols, living or dead:
Barbra Streisand, Eydie Gormé, Stephanie J. Block. Or like… Beyonce and Jessie J. RANDOM.
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget:
I wept like a baby when I saw Secret Garden on Broadway.
Music that makes you cry, any genre:
The Broadway inspirational Voices version of "Sunday"
MAC or PC?
Last good movie you saw:
"Silver Linings Playbook"
Pop culture guilty pleasure:
Robyn, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake. All silly pop music, really.
First CD/Tape/LP you owned:
ACE OF BASE!!! Bah!
When you first realized you could sing:
When I was 3 and scream-sang "Tomorrow" in a recording studio.
First stage kiss:
I did The Music Man in high school and the guy playing Harold Hill said he was going to slip me the tongue. He did. It's on tape and it's gross.
All The Way
A Raisin in the Sun
Heart and Lights
Of Mice and Men
The Bridges of Madison County
The Realistic Joneses
The Velocity of Autumn
Tony n' Tina's Wedding