PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Kinky Boots Tony Award Nominee Annaleigh Ashford

By Matthew Blank
07 May 2013

Annaleigh Ashford
Annaleigh Ashford

Annaleigh Ashford, a 2013 Tony Award nominee for her performance in Kinky Boots, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Ashford has previously appeared on Broadway in Hair (Jeannie), Wicked (Glinda) and the original cast of Legally Blonde (Margot).

Other stage work includes the Off-Broadway productions of Dogfight (Marcy) and Rent (Maureen).

She has performed on screen in "Sex and the City," "Rachel Getting Married," "Franny," "Masters of Sex," "Smash," "Made in Jersey," "The Big C," "Nurse Jackie," "Law & Order" and "Legally Blonde."



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Name: Annaleigh Ashford
Where you were born/where you were raised: Denver, Colorado
Zodiac Sign:Cancer
What your parents did/do for a living:My mom is an elementary school gym teacher and my dad is a small business owner.
Siblings:My brother is in college and my sister is in high school.
Current audition song/monologue:Whatever fits the bill, but I love singing "I Remember" from Evening Primrose because it has magical Sondheim lyrics.
Special skills: I can burp really loud.
Something you're REALLY bad at: Keeping my loud burps in.
Did you have any particular mentors or inspirations when first starting out? I was inspired by all things Liza, Judy and Babs.
First Broadway show you ever saw: Les Mis
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? The original Glass Menagerie because Loretta’s performance is legendary.
Current show other than your own you have been recommending to friends: Everything!!! Go support the theatre!!!
Some favorite classic musicals: Gypsy and Sweet Charity
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with: Uta Hagen. It would be like acting class every night.
Your personal vocal idols, living or dead: Babs!!! And a hundred more!
Music that makes you cry, any genre: Anything with strings in a minor key :) "Golden Slumbers" by the Beatles :)
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