By Matthew Blank
22 May 2012
Kayden originated the role of Little Sally in Broadway's Urinetown, earning Tony, Drama Desk and Lortel Award nominations.
Regional work includes Don't Dress for Dinner (Jeff Award) and Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind.
She has appeared on television's "MADtv" and provided the voice of Mrs. Pepper on "Blue's Clues."
|Full given name:||
Spencer Lemon Kayden |
|Where you were born/where you were raised:||Born in Kansas City, MO. Grew up in Costa Mesa, CA.|
|What your parents did/do for a living:||My dadís company wrote, illustrated, and did the paper-engineering for childrenís pop-up books. My mom is a psychotherapist.|
|Siblings:||Three older brothers|
|Special skills:||Dirty, dirty cross-stitch|
|Something you're REALLY bad at:||Buying things that arenít on sale|
|First Broadway show you ever saw:||Iím pretty sure it was Cats|
|If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be?||Ethel Merman in Gypsy|
|Did you have any particular mentors or inspirations as a young actor?||
In high school my drama teacher was pals with many of the actors and directors at South Coast Repertory. I remember seeing loads of new plays there and being blown away by the diversity of material and the range of the acting company. |
That was probably when it occurred to me that being an actor was a viable profession.
|Current show you have been recommending to friends:||Once and One Man, Two Guvnors|
|Some favorite musicals:||I grew up listening to the soundtrack of A Chorus Line and memorized all the lyrics well before I knew what they meant. I donít know if itís my favorite, but it always has a special place in my heart.|
|Stage or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with:||Peter Sellers, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd|
|The one performance Ė attended - that you will never forget:||Jefferson Mays in I Am My Own Wife|
|Music that makes you cry, any genre:||
Anything from The Light in the Piazza. The music is exquisite ó so full of longing. |
Thereís also the fact that my husband (Mark Harelik) was in it and our son Haskell was born during the run in New York. I am a puddle whenever I hear it.
|You personal acting idols:||Irene Dunne, Peter Sellers, Frances McDormand, Iím sure there are many more.|
|MAC or PC?||Always MAC|
|Most played song on your iPod:||"On the Radio" by Regina Spektor|
|Most-visited websites:||Hmmm... eBay?|
|Last book you read:||"The End of the Affair" by Graham Greene|
|Must-see TV show(s):||"Girls" on HBO|
|Last good movie you saw:||"Pina" (in 3D)|
|Some films you consider classics:||
"Room With a View"
"Some Like it Hot"
"Life of Brian"
|Performer you would drop everything to go see:||Eddie Izzard|
|Pop culture guilty pleasure:||Haskell and I have Justin Bieber dance parties in the living room|
|Favorite cities:||New York, Chicago, Barcelona|
|First CD/Tape/LP you owned:||Foreigner's ďDouble VisionĒ|
|First stage kiss||I was 34 and I giggled the whole time. The scene was eventually cut from the play, probably because of me.|
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