PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Soul Doctor's Zarah Mahler

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13 Aug 2013

Zarah Mahler
Zarah Mahler

Zarah Mahler, making her Broadway debut as Ruth in Soul Doctor, fills out's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Stage credits include Wicked (2nd national tour, Nessarose), Cabaret (Drury Lane Chicago, Sally) and the Neil Patrick Harris-directed Rent at the Hollywood Bowl.

A contemporary singer-songwriter, Mahler is currently developing her debut album.


Full given name: Zarah Mahler
Where you were born/where you were raised: I was born in Hollywood, CA. Raised in Los Angeles and Orange County.
Zodiac Sign:I’m a Leo/Virgo cusp.
What your parents did/do for a living:My father is an actor/comedian/pianist and his wife is a publicist. My mother works with horses.
Siblings:My little brother, Joe. He’s not so little anymore. He’s a high school senior, actually, but I’m in denial.
Current audition song/monologue:My favorite audition songs aren’t from the current pop/rock genre or musical theatre.

I guess I gravitate towards older, more obscure songs. I think it’s good to walk in with something they haven’t already heard a few times that day.

Special skills:I started teaching myself to play piano when I was very young. I’ve been writing music since I was about 15 years old.
Something you're REALLY bad at: Bowling. I will just never be good at bowling.
First Broadway show you ever saw: Phantom of the Opera
Your personal vocal idols, living or dead: Tom Waits, Fiona Apple, Andrew Bird, Danny Elfman, Tori Amos, Jack White
Music that makes you cry, any genre: "In the Arms of an Angel" by Sarah McLachlan… but only when it comes on during that animal shelter commercial.
MAC or PC? MAC. But I’m not good with either.
Most-visited websites:
Must-see TV show(s): "Seinfeld"
Last good movie you saw: "The Sessions"
Three favorite cities: Portland, OR
Dublin, Ireland
Melbourne, Australia

New York City deserves a shout out though.

Favorite sport/team/player: Baseball
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: My father has always been a huge fan of classical music, so I grew up listening to all the great composers. Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Mozart, Mahler (no pun)

My mom introduced me to The Beatles and Tori Amos at a very young age.

First stage kiss: I’m not completely sure about this (my apologies if I stage-kissed you and have since forgotten about it… nothing personal) but I think I had my first stage kiss in Dracula. So yeah… I lost my stage-kiss virginity to the king of the vampires.
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