PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Tony Yazbeck

By Ernio Hernandez
17 Nov 2009

Tony Yazbeck
Tony Yazbeck

Tony Yazbeck — co-star of Broadway's musical revival of Irving Berlin's White Christmas — fills out's off-beat pop culture questionnaire.

Full given name: Anthony David Yazbeck
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Zodiac sign: Pisces
Audition song: "Someone to Watch Over Me"
Special skills: Tap Dancing, Skydiving, Skiing, yo-yo
First Broadway show ever saw: Gypsy w/Tyne Daly
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? The original Sunday in the Park with George (even though the revival was pretty amazing!)
Current show you have been recommending to friends: Hair (and I just saw In the Heights which was simply brilliant).
Favorite showtune: There are so many..."Marry Me A Little"..."My Heart is So Full of You"..."Some Other Time"..."At the Ballet"..."Lonely Town"..."This Nearly Was Mine"..."Move On"...and just about anything from Gypsy and West Side Story.
Last book you read: "Wild at Heart" by John Eldredge
Must-see TV show: "The Office"
Last good movie you saw: "Adam"
Favorite board game: Chess
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Martin Sexton...Tony Bennett...Third Day...Alison fiancée Jessica Lee Goldyn
Pop culture guilty pleasure: My iPod touch
First stage kiss: Actually my first stage kiss was really my first kiss...Funny story...I was 12...When I played a newsboy in the Tyne Daly Gypsy during the overture, the Baby June (Susan Cremin) and I kissed behind the curtain leg stage left. I will never forget that. She and I still have a good laugh about it to this day.
Favorite pre-/post-show meal: Two places I love are Room Service (Spicy Basil Noodles with Chicken) before a show and Becco (just about anything there is amazing) for an Italian meal after a show.
How you got your Equity card: Gypsy with Tyne Daly. I was 11 years old. I auditioned on the St. James stage and was immediately brought down to the basement and told I had the job and that I would be starting in 3 days!!
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: This summer, Jessica and I did a production of Crazy For You together at Maine State Music Theatre and during a scene in the second act when I reveal who I am to her after reading this letter, the lights went out randomly and then came back on and I just commented "Well that was interesting...Its a magic letter," which got a great laugh and then soon after I made a face at Jessica for some reason and she broke and then the actor playing Zangler and I broke and it seemed at that moment the audience and the actors were playing together and we had live theatre at its finest!!
Worst costume ever: Ok, I was a Disney Kids of the Kingdom dancer when I was 19. I wore this silver unitard and big silver cone on my head in the Galaxy Search show in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom. I have a teacher who still has a video recording of it and he better not show it to anyone!
Pet's name: Madeline is our cat
Favorite junk food: French fries and ketchup
Worst job you ever had: In high school I worked on a farm from 6 in the morning till the sun went down and learned what hard labor was about...of course I learned a lot, so it wasn't too bad looking back.
TV or commercial gig you most enjoyed: For the PBS South Pacific Concert, I will never forget watching Brian Stokes Mitchell sing "This Nearly Was Mine" from the Carnegie Hall stage. I felt so blessed to be up there witnessing that!
Leading man role you've been dying to play: I want to originate something Gene Kelly-esque that hasn't been written yet that I can pour my soul into.