PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: The "Fräulein Kost" of Broadway's Cabaret, Gayle Rankin

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13 May 2014

Gayle Rankin
Gayle Rankin

Gayle Rankin, making her Broadway debut as Fräulein Kost in the Roundabout revival of Cabaret, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Other stage work includes Tribes (Barrow Street/Mark Taper), Tony Kushner's The Illusion (Signature) and Brian Mertes' developmental production of The Seagull at Lake Lucille.

Rankin is a graduate of the Juilliard School: Group 40.



Full given name: Gayle Louise Rankin
Where you were born/where you were raised: Born in Paisley, Scotland and raised near Glasgow.
Zodiac Sign: Leo
Current audition song/monologue: The last song I auditioned with was "Love for Sale" by Cole Porter (for Cabaret) and the last monologue I auditioned with was to audition at Juilliard and that was Bedbound by Enda Walsh.
Special skills: Well… the accordion, now.
Something you're REALLY bad at: The accordion? No... I am an accordion beginner (I learned while in rehearsal with Maggie and Patrick, who are my musical mentors and the best teachers and the best in general).
First Broadway show you ever saw: Phantom of The Opera
If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be? Death of a Salesman
Current show other than your own you have been recommending to friends: Casa Valentina at MTC. I haven't seen it yet but I just KNOW it is going to be brilliant and I have a couple of exceptional friends in it.
Favorite showtune(s) of all time: "Don't Rain on My Parade”… classic. Basically anything from Joseph and Fiddler on the Roof.
Some favorite modern musicals: I read and listened to a lot of The Last Ship and it is very powerful. Also Fun Home.
Some favorite classic musicals: Fiddler on the Roof and Evita
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with: Julie Harris, Judy Garland, Marlene Dietrich
Your vocal idols, living or dead: Judy Garland and Laura Marling
Music that makes you cry, any genre: Leonard Cohen. The more recent recordings of Johnny Cash. Laura Marling. Disney. The songs written by the kids from the 52nd Street Project.
MAC or PC? MAC
Most played song on your iPod: "Where I Live" written by the Artists of Lake Lucille and performed by Gabe Ebert and Yamacabra. Like... Taylor Swift, Iron and Wine.
Last book you read: "Goodbye to Berlin" stories by Christopher Isherwood
Must-see TV show(s): I love "Scandal." So much. I'm not even guilty about it.
Last good movie you saw: "Grand Budapest Hotel"
Some films you consider classics: "Kramer vs Kramer," "Calamity Jane," "Django," "House Boat," "A Streetcar Named Desire," "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" and "Planes, Trains and Automobiles."
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Allison Janney on Broadway
Pop culture guilty pleasure: Instagram
Three favorite cities: Glasgow. New York. Barcelona.
Favorite sport/team/player: I'm now a Red Sox fan for life. I have a Ted Williams t-shirt.
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: The read-along double sided tape of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." It came with a book and an Esmeralda crown.

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