PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Peter Bradbury, Scrooge in Off-Broadway's A Christmas Carol

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17 Dec 2013

Peter Bradbury
Peter Bradbury

Broadway actor Peter Bradbury stars as Scrooge in the new Off-Broadway production of A Christmas Carol, adapted by Patrick Barlow. He fills out's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Bradbury has appeared on Broadway in Cyrano de Bergerac, A Man for All Seasons, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Present Laughter, Hedda Gabler, That Championship Season, The Norman Conquests, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial and The Herbal Bed.

Screen work includes “Boardwalk Empire,” “Unforgettable,” “Sally Hemings,” “Rubicon,” “Law & Order” and “Rescue Me.”


Full given name: Peter David Bradbury
Where you were born/where you were raised: Born in Boston, MA. Grew up in Brookline, MA.
Zodiac Sign:Aquarius
What your parents did/do for a living:Dad: cosmetics buyer for Filene’s Department Store. Mom: Housewife
Siblings:Only child
Special skills:Headstands
Something you're REALLY bad at: Negotiating directions without a GPS device. Hopeless.
First Broadway show you ever saw: Saw 3 during one momentous visit: the original productions of Sweeney Todd, The Elephant Man and Sugar Babies starring Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller. Hooked for life.
If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be? How many can I name? Olivier in his 1955 Scottish Play, his Othello, or his Richard III. Brando in the original Streetcar. Edmund Kean as Shylock in his Drury Lane debut. The opening night of the original production of Long Day’s Journey into Night. The Marx Brothers in their Bway debut, I’ll Say She Is, or their stage production of “Animal Crackers.” WC Fields live, ripping it up.
Current show other than your own you have been recommending to friends: Mark Rylance in Richard III. A truly special actor.
Favorite showtune(s) of all time: "If I Loved You," "I Have Dreamed," "My Romance," "My Funny Valentine"
Favorite musicals: My Fair Lady, Sweeney Todd and Fiddler on the Roof
Some favorite modern plays: Circle Mirror Transformation, Clybourne Park, Eurydice, Ruined, Lobby Hero, Other Desert Cities, Water by the Spoonful, August: Osage County
Some favorite modern playwrights: David Mamet, Annie Baker, Donald Margulies, Lynn Rosen, Patrick Barlow, Edward Albee, Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard, Neil Labute, Emily Devoti, JT Rogers, August Wilson, Jon Robin Baitz, Gina Gionfriddo, David Lindsay-Abaire, Kenneth Lonergan
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with: Spencer Tracy, Jimmy Stewart, Marlon Brando, Jack Lemmon, Henry Fonda, James Cagney, Bette Davis, Carole Lombard, Katharine Hepburn
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: Gabriel Byrne in Moon for the Misbegotten. A shattering experience.
Music that makes you cry, any genre: The spectacular Mark Price sings a beautiful 19th century Irish folk song, "Red Rose," in our production of A Christmas Carol. It leaves me a wet rag every time.
Your personal acting idols: Laurence Olivier, Marlon Brando, Morris Carnovsky, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Spencer Tracy, Anthony Hopkins, Henry Fonda, Albert Finney, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, James Cagney, Meryl Streep
Most-visited websites: and
Last book you read: "The Finkler Question" by Howard Jacobson
Must-see TV show(s): "Breaking Bad," "Veep," "Downton Abbey" (with my daughter Grace), SportsCenter
Last good movie you saw: "The Spectacular Now"
Some films you consider classics: "The Man Who Would Be King"
"Yankee Doodle Dandy"
"The Godfather"
"The Chorus"
"Lawrence of Arabia"
"Citizen Kane"
"The Ox Bow Incident"
"Some Like it Hot"
"North by Northwest"
"Young Frankenstein"
"Singin’ in the Rain"
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Mark Rylance, Cherry Jones or Meryl Streep
Pop culture guilty pleasure: Daughters turned me on to the uber-talented Bruno Mars. I don’t feel guilty.
Three favorite cities: New York, Boston, San Francisco
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: Original soundtrack of "Oliver!"
First stage kiss: In college, I played all the middle aged or old men, so I never got to kiss the girl until my senior year when I was cast as Bo Decker in Bus Stop. Got to kiss Carol Mailman and fell madly in love with her – unrequitedly. Hope she isn’t reading this now.
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