PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Lincoln Center Theater's Macbeth Star Jonny Orsini

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19 Nov 2013

Jonny Orsini
Jonny Orsini

Jonny Orsini, who plays the role of Malcolm in Lincoln Center Theater's new staging of Macbeth, fills out's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Other stage work includes The Nance (Broadway), An Early History of Fire (the New Group), Be a Good Little Widow (Ars Nova), Banished Children of Eve (Irish Repertory Theatre), The Little Dog Laughed (Hartford TheatreWorks) and After Ashley (Company One).


Name: Jonny Orsini
Where you were born/where you were raised: Cheshire, CT
Zodiac Sign:Cancer. Very much so.
Siblings:Lovely sister. And hello to my awesome little nephew!
Special skills:Flirting with older women, dancing like a goofball to 90s hip hop music.
Something you're REALLY bad at:Dancing WELL to 90s hip hop music. But what I lack in talent I make up for in enthusiasm.
First Broadway show you ever saw: Tommy. I think I was 9? I was brought along so my sis could see it, but I was more into sports as a kid. I'm sure it was amazing, though.
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? The Coast of Utopia at LCT
Favorite showtune(s) of all time: Not a fan of showtunes, sorry!
Favorite musicals: I might get in trouble for this one, but I’m not really a fan of musicals. Mostly because of that moment when you know a song is coming on. Although I respect them. Oh, and The Great Comet of 1812 was awesome! Ars Nova cultivates some amazing work and Phillipa Soo is fantastic and such a sweetheart.
Some favorite modern plays: If it’s got great wit and a huge, pulsing heart I’m in.
Some favorite modern playwrights: Shout out to my boy Douglas Carter Beane!
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with: Charles Laughton, Jack Lemmon.

And I would have loved a coffee - a beer, or several actually - with Paul Newman. He’s my ultimate professional role model and the only person I ever wrote a fan letter to.

Actually I wrote one to the poet W.S. Merwin as well (about his poem “Turning”) and he sent back a gorgeous handwritten note, which was amazing.

The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: Michael Shannon's performance in Grace was stunning. Completely grounded and flawlessly authentic.

Music that makes you cry, any genre: Mumford and Sons, not exactly sure why, haha.
You personal acting idols: Michael Shannon, Billy Crudup.

* Update: I just met Billy Crudup on the street no more than an hour after writing this and he was even sweeter and more awesome than I could have hoped. Thanks to this Q and A for helping “secret” his appearance into my life. Where you at Michael Shannon?

MAC or PC? Trying to spend less time on computers.
Most-visited websites: – worth spending time on a computer
Most played song on your iPod: Probably "Sinister Kid" by The Black Keys. It’s got that slow-sexy rock feel. "Thats me, that's me... the boy with the broken halo."
Last book you read: Krishnamurti's "Freedom From the Known." I keep it by my bed and read it over and over.
Must-see TV show(s): No surprises - "Breaking Bad" (I've never seen anything so remarkable as Bryan Cranston) and "House of Cards"
Last good movie you saw: Recently went with a certain someone to see "Roman Holiday" (for the 12th time) but on the big screen at MoMA! LOVE Gregory Peck… perfect example that sweet guys can be even more playful and fun than d-bags. Take note, ladies.
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