PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 Star Phillipa Soo

By Matthew Blank
30 Jul 2013

Favorite pre-/post- show meal: (note where) Chelsea Market is right by our tent. I love to go there and splurge on some tasty treats.
Favorite liquid refreshment: Coffee with soy milk and honey
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: I have to brush my teeth. We get so close to people I don't want them to know what I had for lunch.
What drew you to this project? The people involved. I love the theatre because I love working with people. Good people, good storytelling, magic.
Biggest challenge about this current project: Stamina. Our show is nearly three hours sung through. We are constantly moving around the space up and down stairs, turning on a dime.
What has been most fun or fulfilling aspect? I am so grateful to be surrounded by such talented and interesting people. A lot of people in the cast and band write their own music.

I have gotten to see amazing music manifest before my eyes. And because most of us play instruments, we also like a good jam session every once and a while--my contribution of choice is an epic freestyle rap.

Leading lady role you've been dying to play: Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Leading man role you'd like a shot at: George in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Maybe even both at the same time, now THAT would be exciting.
Three things you can't live without: Family, Friends, Music
Words of advice for aspiring performers: My dear friend Jordan Geiger keeps me real. He gave me this quote by Kahlil Gibran: "When you work, you fulfill a part of Earth's furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born. And in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life, and to love life through labour is to be intimate with life's inmost secret."