PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Phantom of the Opera U.S. Tour Star Julia Udine

By Matthew Blank
14 Jan 2014

Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: Cinderella! It was my first lead in a show ever, and a wonderful memory.
Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: I can’t remember a specific moment, but I think I always kind of knew this is what I wanted to be doing. I didn’t really think there was anything else TO do.
How you got your Equity card: I am getting my Equity card through this tour of The Phantom of the Opera!!
Favorite pre-/post- show meal: (note where) I like a nice plate of pasta before the show with my mom’s homemade tomato sauce and meatballs, or with some yummy vegetables.
Favorite liquid refreshment: Mmmm grande soy Chai Tea latte from Starbucks!
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: I usually do a short ballet barre to warm my body up, listen to some good music and I drink hot water with honey!
Most vocally challenging role you have ever played: Velma in Chicago was pretty challenging, but I’d have to say Christine takes the cake so far!
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: When I was about 11 years old I played Baby June in Gypsy, and there was this walkway that came right out into the middle of the pit. During some of the choreography I had to do passé marches moving backwards and I went on a diagonal and fell directly into the pit onto the man playing the cello! Thank god he caught me and I only broke a few lightbulbs!
Worst costume ever: My spring ballet one year. I was a jester and we had to wear these awful patterned unitards and hats that looks like an octopus on our heads with bells attached! Yikes...
Worst job you ever had: Does being a student count??
Craziest audition story: I haven’t had any crazy auditions yet! *fingers crossed*!
What was your first experience with Phantom? When did you first see/hear it? I first saw the show when I was about 12 years old with my whole family, and remember singing the songs from then on. I used to sing "Think of Me" and "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" in my voice lessons as a young girl!
Do you have a favorite moment in the show for Christine? Definitely "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" and "The Point of No Return." You see her really grow into a woman in "Wishing" and you get to see a totally different side in "No Return."
What are some other Andrew Lloyd Webber roles you'd love to play? I think it would be really wonderful to play Jemima or Jellylorum/Griddlebone in Cats!
If you could trade roles/tracks with anyone in the show for a week, who would it be? Ahhh I think it would have to be one of the managers. Either Andre or Firmin… they are so fun!!!
Leading lady role you've been dying to play: Maria in West Side Story. I got to play her when I was in high school, but it has always been a dream role of mine!
Leading man role you wish you could play: Jack Kelly in Newsies
Something about you that surprises people: Three quarters of my iPod is rap music!!! I love Eminem, Drake, Nicki Minaj.
Something you are incredibly proud of: Coming from such a supportive family. I have 31 cousins on my mom’s side alone, and three on my dad’s side. I love them and all my aunts and uncles dearly. And, of course, I’d be nowhere without my siblings, parents and grandparents. They are my backbone.
Something you're embarrassed to admit: I can finish an entire box of Cheez-Its in under an hour.
Career you would want if not a performer: I think I’d be a hairdresser. Whenever I go out with friends I always do everyone’s hair, and I think it would be so much fun to do that and talk to people all day and hear their secrets ;)
Three things you can't live without: My niece, chai tea and my Palmers cocoa butter Chapstick!!!! It is with me everywhere I go!
Words of advice for aspiring performers: Never stop learning and stay humble.