PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Newsies' Ben Fankhauser

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10 Sep 2013

Ben Fankhauser
Ben Fankhauser

Ben Fankhauser, who plays the role of Davey in Broadway's Newsies, fills out's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

This marks Fankhauser's Broadway debut. He was also seen in the first national tour of Spring Awakening.


Full given name: Benjamin Charles Fankhauser
Where you were born/where you were raised: Born in Zurich, Switzerland and raised in Cleveland, Ohio.
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Siblings: I have an older brother.
Current audition song/monologue: I love to sing "Signed, Sealed, Delivered"
Special skills: Dialects, licensed driver, great with children.
Something you're REALLY bad at: Video games
First Broadway show you ever saw: The Annie Get Your Gun with Reba McEntire
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? Starmites
Current show other than your own you have been recommending to friends: I saw Love's Labour's Lost at Shakespeare in the Park and loved it!
Favorite showtune(s) of all time: I love "The Riddle Song" from Floyd Collins
Some favorite modern musicals: Rent, Spring Awakening, Floyd Collins, Next to Normal, The Light in the Piazza
Some favorite classic musicals: Sweeney Todd, Carousel, Mame, How To Succeed, South Pacific
Your personal vocal idols, living or dead: Smokie Norful, Marc Broussard, Sam Cooke, to name a few.
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: I saw Beyonce at Roseland. It was incredible.
Music that makes you cry, any genre: Adam Guettel's music can make me cry.
MAC or PC? MAC all the way.
Most played song on your iPod: Right now it's probably "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke
Most-visited websites: and
Last book you read: Honestly, good question...
Must-see TV show(s): Recently I've been loving "Orange Is The New Black." My other favorites are "Breaking Bad" and "The Office."
Last good movie you saw: I recently saw "Monsters University." I thought it was great!
Some films you consider classics: "Cool Runnings," "Dumb And Dumber," "Titanic"
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