PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Kinky Boots' Ellyn Marie Marsh

By Matthew Blank
26 Nov 2013

Ellyn Marie Marsh
Ellyn Marie Marsh

Ellyn Marie Marsh, who appears in the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Marsh has previously appeared on Broadway in Enron and Priscilla Queen of the Desert.



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Full given name: Ellyn Marie Marsh
Where you were born/where you were raised: Born in Berkeley, CA, and raised in Oakland. And yes, I have an L.A. face and an Oakland booty.
Zodiac Sign:Pisces
What your parents did/do for a living: My mom is a landscaper (second career) and my dad does stuff and I have no idea what that stuff is.
Siblings:Brothers John, Joe and Jeremy.
Current audition song/monologue:Bhahaha. Um. "Think" by Aretha Franklin. But Iím unable to sing more than my cut and I've sung "Meadowlark" since college, and that's always a solid go to.
Special skills: I'm really good at multi-tasking.
Something you're REALLY bad at:Cooking, being quiet, not talking.

Oh and if something goes wrong on stage, I'm really bad at going with the flow. Nine times out of ten I laugh. So yeah, hope I'm in your next show for a solid scene partner.

First Broadway show you ever saw: Angels in America. Blew my mind, changed everything about what I thought about life. Seriously.
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? Gosh, contemporary, I was pretty bummed I missed Next to Normal and for an old timey musical, the original A Chorus Line. No wait, West Side StoryÖ yeah West Side. Both of those shows still give me chills.
Current show other than your own you have been recommending to friends: Always Jersey Boys. I don't care, call me an old Long Island lady playing mah jong, love that show, I always have a good time. And I hear Pippin is sensational. Haven't seen it yet, but I've told people itís amazing.
Favorite showtune of all time: Really not fair question. ONE? Uuuhhh I have to go with the "Quintet" from West Side Story.
Some favorite modern musicals: Hairspray, In the Heights, Miss Saigon and Legally Blonde. I love a catchy show tune.
Some favorite classic musicals: Above mentioned shows (A Chorus Line and West Side Story).
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with: Liza. Obvi.
Your personal vocal idols, living or dead: Liz Callaway. Her voice is effortless, pure, clean. It just soars and she makes it look so easy!
The one performance Ė attended - that you will never forget: The first time I saw Rent. I had never been moved by theater before. It stayed with me for days.
Music that makes you cry, any genre: Adele. Duh.
MAC or PC? MAC. What's that other thing?
Most played song on your iPod: Right now? Jake Bugg's album. Obsessed with him.
Most-visited websites: Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo, friendsí blogs
Last book you read: The People magazine on my bus into work.
Must-see TV show(s): I don't watch that much TV cause of my schedule BUT if I do watch something I do it marathon style. "Orange is the New Black," "Homeland," "Boardwalk Empire" and "Modern Family."
Last good movie you saw: My husband and I were just laughing, we haven't seen a movie in forever that wasn't a cartoon or on our Netflix queue.
Some films you consider classics: "Wizard of Oz" (it was an exciting day to show my daughter for the first time), "Labyrinth," "Breakfast Club," "Mean Girls"
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Beyonce. She puts on a great show!
Pop culture guilty pleasure: The Real Housewives of wherever
Three favorite cities: Iím going to disclaim- besides NYC... Boston, Vienna, Barcelona
Favorite sport/team/player: Yeah what?
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: En Vogue
First stage kiss: Hilarious. I was doing a show at a community theater at age 16? 17? and I was playing Ilona in She Loves Me opposite my 30-something Kodaly. And we had to kiss. I was mortified and 17, never a cute combination.
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