PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Cinderella's "Lord Pinkleton," Phumzile Sojola

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12 Mar 2013

Phumzile Sojola
Phumzile Sojola

Phumzile Sojola, who plays Lord Pinkleton in the Broadway debut of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, fills out's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Sojola made his Broadway debut in The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess. He has appeared Off-Broadway in Three Mo' Tenors.

Opera work includes L'etoile and Troubled Island with New York City Opera, Lost in the Stars with Skylark Opera, La Bohème with Missouri Symphony Orchestra and Aida, The Magic Flute and Carmen at Dayton Opera.


Full given name: Phumzile Sojola
Where you were born/where you were raised: I was born in Umtata, South Africa.
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
What your parents did/do for a living: My mom is a retired nurse and my father was a doctor.
Siblings: Yes, a bunch of them.
Current audition song/monologue: I wish it were "Hello, Dolly!" I love that song
Special skills: I play the gong and African drums.
Something you're REALLY bad at: Coming down to the stage on time after places has been called. Horrible. God help me.
First Broadway show you ever saw: Les Miserables at the Broadway Theatre in 1990. Isn't it ironic that my second Broadway show is at the Broadway Theatre?
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk. I can't believe I missed that show and I was in NYC.
Current or recent shows you recommended to friends: Peter and the Starcatcher. I enjoyed it so much.
Favorite showtune(s) of all time: "The Impossible Dream"
"Children of the Wind" (sung by my wife)
Some favorite modern musicals: Bring it On, Sarafina, In the Heights, The Drowsy Chaperone
Some favorite classic musicals: The Secret Garden, The Sound of Music
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with: Ethel Merman. I would like to hear her voice in person. And Sammy Davis Jr.
Your personal vocal idols, living or dead: Ray Charles, Nina Simone, Tony Bennett, Bobby McFerrin
The one performance — attended — that you will never forget: Ray Charles singing "America the Beautiful" live in Dayton. Amazing.
Music that makes you cry, any genre: Carl Lewis singing the national anthem.
Most played song on your iPod: "Moussolou" by Salif Keita. This song reminds me of home.
Most-visited websites: ESPN, BBC News and NPR
Last book you read: "Barack Like Me" by David Alan Grier. It reads like a movie. I highly recommend this hilariously intelligent book.
Must-see TV show(s): "Mike and Molly" and the "30 for 30" ESPN series
Last good movie you saw: "In Bruges." Great movie.
Some films you consider classics: "Dead Presidents," "Traffic" and "Midnight Run"
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Michael Jackson
Pop culture guilty pleasure: UFC and "48 Hours." My wife hates that I watch these shows but I enjoy them.
Three favorite cities: Cape Town, Lexington, KY, and New York
Favorite sport/team/player: It is between golf and baseball. I know it's boring to most people but that is what I am into.

I love sports generally. Shout out to the Knicks, the NY Giants, the Yankees and my KY Wildcats!

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