PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Wicked and Kinky Boots Star Jeanna de Waal

By Matthew Blank
08 Apr 2014



First stage kiss: Bugsy Malone
Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: A nearly all female production of 12 Angry Men.
Favorite liquid refreshment: Seltzer water, coffee and beer
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: Different for every show. I like a good neck roll before a Kinky performance.
Most challenging role you have ever played: Glinda
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: In “Popular” I hit my head with the green bottle when I pulled it out of Elphaba's hand. An egg swelled up on my forehead almost instantly. It was absolutely huge, so big it was casting a shadow over my face.

Christine Dwyer, who was playing Elphaba, didn't know what had happened and initially thought I was having an allergic reaction. When she finally realized what had happened, we got the giggles so badly we couldn't even look each other in the eye.

A very challenging but brilliant show, holding in my giggles. My stomach was sore for days.

Worst job you ever had: Catering, I hated every minute of it.
If you could trade roles/tracks with anyone in the show for a week, who would it be? One of the Angels
Career you would want if not a performer: Jim Cramer's
Words of advice for aspiring performers: Follow your bliss.