PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Mara Davi

By Ernio Hernandez
22 Dec 2009

Mara Davi
Mara Davi

Mara Davi — who co-stars in Broadway's revival of White Christmas — fills out Playbill.com's offbeat pop-culture questionnaire.


Full given name: Mara Lorene Davi, now Mara Lorene Davi Gaines
Hometown: Highlands Ranch, CO as a child; Folsom, California during high school
Zodiac sign: Aquarius
First Broadway show ever saw: Jekyll and Hyde
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? Love! Valour! Compassion!
Current show you have been recommending to friends: I really LOVED Our Town at Barrow Street and I think everyone should see it.
Favorite showtune: I'm a sucker for "Gimme, Gimme" from Thoroughly Modern Millie. Also, the entire score of Maury Yeston's Phantom makes my heart soar.
MAC or PC? I LOVE my MAC, but sometimes, I do need to borrow my husband's PC.
Most played song on your iPod: I warm up to Ingrid Michaelson's "Girls and Boys" album, so it gets a lot of play. Also, Katie Melua's "Closest Thing to Crazy," and my new favorite band Freddy and Francine.
Web obsession: Craigslist. I'm on it every day searching one thing or another. I found my apartment there, and now I'm searching for furniture.
Last book you read: "The Jungle"
Must-see TV show: "Ugly Betty"
Last good movie you saw: "Ratcatcher"
Favorite board game: Bananagrams!
Performer you would drop everything to go see: My husband, Aaron Gaines
Pop culture guilty pleasure: I catch myself watching "Girls Next Door" when no one is looking. The old girlfriends, not the new ones.
First stage kiss: My Fair Lady, my freshman year of high school. I had a crush on Henry Higgins, and he must have liked me a little too, because we decided together to change the ending of the show on closing night and add a kiss. My apologies to Shaw, Lerner and Loewe, but it was a very thrilling kiss!
Favorite post-show meal: It's a rare treat for me to eat out after a show, but this is my favorite treat: a Boursin cheeseburger from Angus McIndoe.
How you got your Equity card: My first year of White Christmas! I was in the ensemble and understudied Judy in Boston ’05.
Worst onstage mishap: In high school, I was in a student directed production of Harvey. We rehearsed during class for about an hour a day for maybe two months and we worked so hard on the first and second act that we almost completely forgot there was a third. The first of our two performances, we made it through the show in a way that somewhat resembled the script. But on our second and final performance, the previous night's success was forgotten, as was the entire third act! We made up every single line for the last 30 minutes of the play and I don't think it made a bit of sense!
Favorite junk food: Sour Patch Kids
Who would play you in the movie? Wow, by the time a movie might be made of me, I'll be really old, so the actress who will get her big break playing me in a made-for-TV bio-pic has not been born yet.
Worst job you ever had: Getting fired from Borders.
Leading ladyrole you've been dying to play: My good friend recently said, "If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans." I'm enjoying the roles that I've been surprised with, that I didn't foresee on the horizon. I hope that continues to happen. I look forward to the surprises to come. I hope they'll be new and challenging and varied.
What is your favorite Christmas song? "Carol of the Bells"