PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Manila Carrie Star Mikkie Bradshaw

By Matthew Blank
24 Sep 2013

Mikkie Bradshaw
Mikkie Bradshaw

Philippines musical theatre favorite Mikkie Bradshaw takes on the title role in the very first international staging of Carrie the Musical, which begins this week in Manila. She fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Bradshaw has previously appeared in the Manila productions of The Sound of Music, Rock of Ages, Nine and Aladdin. She will next appear in Atlantis Productions' Philippines premiere of The Addams Family.



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Full given name: Michaela Cristina Rivera Bradshaw
Where you were born/where you were raised: I was born in Manila but raised in Butuan City in Mindanao.
Zodiac Sign: Libra
What your parents did/do for a living: My parents were missionaries in Mindanao until recently.
Siblings: I am the eldest of five (three girls, two boys)
Current audition song/monologue: "Meadowlark" from The Baker's Wife
Special skills: I'm actually really good at makeup, and I also host and perform as different characters for kids' parties.
Something you're REALLY bad at: MATH. And navigation.
First musical you ever saw: I want to say Phantom of the Opera, but I'm really not sure anymore. I can't remember which shows I saw on VHS and which were live.
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? Honestly, now I can say that I would have loved to be there during the legendary 1988 run of Carrie the Musical.
When did you first fall in love with theatre? Did you have any particular inspirations or mentors?: Some of my first memories are of my mom sitting with me around the stereo listening to old scratched up records of Guys and Dolls or Phantom of the Opera or Sweeney Todd.

I think theatre was in me from the start. No one in my family had done theatre, but we are incredibly theatrical people, so venturing down that path was a no-brainer for me.

Favorite showtune(s) of all time: I will never grow tired of singing "Popular" in the shower. Never ever.
Some favorite modern musicals: The Last Five Years, Next to Normal, Spring Awakening
Some favorite classic musicals: Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Cabaret and Carousel… to name a few
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with: Julie Harris
Your personal vocal idols, living or dead: Kristin Chenoweth, Lea Salonga, Julie Andrews
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: I will never EVER forget Nyoy Volante as Usnavi in the Manila production of In the Heights.
Music that makes you cry, any genre: Anything by Mumford and Sons overwhelms me.
MAC or PC? I am way too techie-handicapped to answer this question...
Most played song on your iPod: "Sigh No More" by Mumford and Sons
Most-visited websites: Pinterest. I waste my life on Pinterest.
Last book you read: "A Dance of Dragons"
Must-see TV show(s): "That 70s Show" is my favorite show of all time. But I'm also really liking "Game of Thrones," and my guilty pleasure is (shhhhh!) "America's Next Top Model."
Last good movie you saw: I'm a huge horror buff, and "The Conjuring" really satisfied every horror bone in my body.
Some films you consider classics: "The Lord of The Rings" Trilogy, "Fight Club," "Singin' in the Rain" and every Disney princess movie ever created.
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Kristin Chenoweth
Pop culture guilty pleasure: Instagram
Three favorite cities: Let me get back to you once I've traveled enough to provide an informed answer.
Favorite sport/team/player: I am allergic to anything athletic.
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