PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Chaplin's "Oona," Erin Mackey

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11 Sep 2012

Erin Mackey
Erin Mackey

Erin Mackey, who plays Oona O’Neill in the new musical Chaplin at the Barrymore Theatre, fills out's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Previous Broadway credits include Sondheim on Sondheim, Anything Goes (Hope Harcourt) and Wicked (Glinda).

She made her professional debut at age 12 as Lindsay Lohan's double in "The Parent Trap."


Full given name: Erin Ashley Mackey
Where you were born/where you were raised: Fullerton, California
Zodiac Sign:Gemini
What your parents did/do for a living:Dad is a lawyer, Mom is an artist.
Siblings:Older sister, Liz, and younger sister, Emily.
Current audition song/monologue: I use any excuse to sing "The Light in the Piazza."
Special skills: Singing off-pitch and my "Rambo Dance." For an example of the dance, check out the Anything Goes "That's What Makes You Beautiful" video online. It's in the first 10 seconds or so.
Something you're REALLY bad at: Improvising harmonies. I can learn them, but don't ask me to make them up. Same goes for "riffs."
First Broadway show you ever saw: Annie Get Your Gun
If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be? The original Music Man and Peter Pan.
Current show other than your own you have been recommending to friends: Peter and the Starcatcher and Book of Mormon.
Favorite showtune(s) of all time: I think "The Sound of Music" and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" are pretty perfect.
Some favorite modern musicals: Altar Boyz, Book of Mormon
Some favorite classic musicals: Brigadoon, anything Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with: Bette Davis and Jimmy Stewart
Your personal vocal idols, living or dead: My teacher and friend, Vicki Clark!
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: The Color Purple. I was dating my (now) husband and he just sobbed at the end. I loved him even more for that.
Music that makes you cry, any genre: The Once movie soundtrack
Most played song on your iPod: I haven't seen my iPod in years. I think I lost it. I remember listening to "Come On Over" by Christina Aguilera on it a lot though.
Most-visited websites: Food blogs!, and to name a few.
Last book you read: The third book in the "Game of Thrones" series
Must-see TV show(s): "Battlestar Galactica"
"Mad Men"
"Biggest Loser"
Last good movie you saw: "A Cat in Paris"
Some films you consider classics: "Gone With The Wind"
"Mighty Ducks"
"Homeward Bound"
Performer you would drop everything to go see: My husband!
Pop culture guilty pleasure: "The Bachelor/Bachelorette." I love it so much.
Favorite cities: Chicago, New York, Napa
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: First tape: "The Lion King" movie soundtrack
First CD: Mariah Carey's "Fantasy" album
First stage kiss: My first kiss was on TV! Ah! We did 12 takes or so, so I got some practice.
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