PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Broadway's Final Mary Poppins, Steffanie Leigh
26 Feb 2013
Steffanie Leigh, currently playing the title role in Broadway's Mary Poppins, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits. The show will play its final performance at the New Amsterdam Theatre March 3.
Previous regional credits include Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, 42nd Street, Grease and Les Misérables.
Full given name:
Steffanie (with two "F's" in honor of Steffi Graf) Leigh
Where you were born/where you were raised:
What your parents did/do for a living:
Dad: retired ER doctor. Mom: personal trainer.
An older sister, Amber, and older brother, Dane.
Current audition song/monologue:
The song usually changes depending on the project and I don't think I've ever been asked to do a monologue in an audition. Maybe I should get one!
Britney Spears impression, Jennifer Garner "scared/sad face," and I can perform the entire role of "Usnavi" from In the Heights
Something you're REALLY bad at:
Riffing is not my forte!
First Broadway show you ever saw:
Did you have any particular mentors or inspirations when first starting out?
I grew up five miles from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and got to see amazing theater all the time.
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be?
Julie Andrews in My Fair Lady. And if I could travel back in time even farther, I'd see the premiere of Macbeth at the Globe Theater.
Current or recent shows you recommended to friends:
Peter and the Starcatcher, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Sleep No More.
Favorite showtune(s) of all time:
"Trouble" from The Music Man, the opening from In the Heights, "The Light in the Piazza," "Through the Mountain" from Floyd Collins, "Princess" from A Man of No Importance, "I Remember" from Evening Primrose, "Sunday" from Sunday in the Park with George and "Feed the Birds" from Mary Poppins!
Some favorite modern musicals:
Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Urinetown, The Light in the Piazza, Floyd Collins
Some favorite classic musicals:
Gypsy, Fiddler on the Roof, The Music Man, West Side Story, The Sound of Music, Sweet Charity
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with:
Angela Lansbury, Julie Andrews, Robert Preston, Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, Carol Burnett
Your personal vocal or acting idols, living or dead:
Barbara Cook, Julie Andrews, Kelli O'Hara, Audra McDonald
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget:
In 4th grade, I remember watching a local high school's production of Hamlet, knowing I wanted to be an actor.
Music that makes you cry, any genre:
"Mama a Rainbow" can always jerk a tear from my eye.
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