PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Hands on a Hardbody Tony Nominee Keala Settle

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04 Jun 2013

Keala Settle
Keala Settle

Keala Settle, a 2013 Tony Award nominee for her performance in Hands on a Hardbody, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.



Settle previously appeared on Broadway in Priscilla Queen of the Desert. She played Bloody Mary in the national touring company of Lincoln Center Theater's South Pacific.



Full given name: Keala Joan Settle
Where you were born/where you were raised: HAWAII, even though I detoured for a bit in Louisiana. But most of my days were spent in the South Pacific.
Zodiac Sign:THATS PAGANISM!!! grin
What your parents did/do for a living:Teach me patience.
Siblings:I am the oldest of five children, four girls and a boy.
Current audition song/monologue:Don't have one!
Special skills: I can hula dance.... is that special!?
Something you're REALLY bad at: I am TERRIBLE at any type of stickball game. Baseball, softball, golf, billiards. Useless.
Did you have any particular mentors or inspirations when first starting out? I absolutely IDOLIZED Julie Andrews as a child... voice clear as a bell.
First Broadway show you ever saw: The Cats tour in Hawaii!!
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? The Mystery of Edwin Drood ...I MISSED OUT!!
Current or recent show other than your own you have been recommending to friends: The Testament of Mary ...fully enjoyed it.
Favorite showtune(s) of all time: "Coloring Book." It's so haunting, I love it.
Fvorite modern musical: Putting It Together
Favorite classic musical: Gypsy
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with: Betty Grable for sure. Also Dan Dailey.
Your personal vocal idols, living or dead: Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Maria Callas, Julie Andrews, Bonnie Raitt
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: The Big River tour directed by Jeff Calhoun.... stunning.
Music that makes you cry, any genre: The music from my own culture (Maori) makes me weep because I miss the land.
MAC or PC? Both!
Most played song on your iPod: "This Too Shall Pass" by Yolanda Adams