By Matthew Blank
12 Feb 2013
Theatre work includes The People in the Picture, The Look of Love, How to Succeed..., Curtains, Sweet Charity, Contact, Fosse, Candide, Crazy for You, A Chorus Line and Pippin.
Lewis has also appeared in Encores! stagings of Fanny, Damn Yankees, Sweet Adeline and Tenderloin. She is married to actor Marc Kudisch.
|Full given name:||Shannon Nicole Lewis|
|Where you were born/where you were raised:||Born and raised just outside of Toronto Canada in a town called Pickering|
|What your parents did/do for a living:||My mom taught kindergarten until I was born and then was a stay at home mom, and my dad was an elementary school teacher and then became a successful businessman|
|Siblings:||One younger brother- who's not in show biz|
|Special skills:||I can do a mean velociraptor. Really. I can.|
|Something you're REALLY bad at:||I am terrible at tennis! I am the biggest tennis fan and I think it's because I can't even hit the ball when I play.|
|First Broadway show you ever saw:||Crazy story: the first Broadway show I ever saw was Crazy For You the week before I joined the company as Vera. I was cast in a Broadway show before I even saw one.|
|If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be?||Ooooh- being able to see Gwen Verdon in the original Damn Yankees would have been pretty amazing I think.|
|Current or recent shows you recommended to friends:||I never get to see anything! I have wonderful talented friends in everything on and off Broadway. Go see everything!|
|Favorite showtune(s) of all time:||Anything from Kiss of the Spider Woman, "At the Ballet" from A Chorus Line, "Unusual Way" from Nine, "The Old Red Hills of Home" from Parade, all three sections of the "Rich Man's Frug" from Sweet Charity . there are too many!|
|Some favorite modern musicals:||
I gave myself 30 seconds to think, here's what I came up with:|
Kiss of the Spider Woman, Spring Awakening, Light in the Piazza, Nine, Contact
|Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with:||Can you believe that I get to perform next to Chita Rivera every night? I also got to be mentored by the late, great Gwen Verdon. I would have loved to play with Cyd Charisse, Bob Fosse, Michael Jackson, Vera Ellen, Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly.|
|Your personal vocal or acting idols, living or dead:||In addition to the above, I am a gigantic fan of dancers Sylvie Guillem and Suzanne Farrell. Very inspired by the brilliance and power of Patti LuPone and totally in awe of Chita Rivera.|
|The one performance attended - that you will never forget:||
Okay I have two:|
The gypsy run-through of the original cast of Ragtime was pretty earth shaking! The opening number alone changed my life.
I also went to see the Jackson 5 in their "Victory tour" when I was 8 years old. Seeing Michael Jackson live on stage in his prime was incredible. I have always held him as a pinnacle of a star performance in my mind.
|Music that makes you cry, any genre:||I have always said I am first inspired by the music of any piece I am working on. That's where it starts for me. All music moves me, but the sound of stringed instruments cuts right to my soul.|
|MAC or PC?||MAC!|
|Most played song on your iPod:||Right now it's "Locked out of Heaven" by Bruno Mars followed closely by "Quarter Chicken Dark" by Goat Rodeo.|
Also, goop.com, gilt.com, nytimes.com
|Last book you read:||I loved "Gone Girl." Right now I am halfway through the Steve Jobs biography and I am fascinated by him . and heartbroken that such an original is gone.|
|Must-see TV show(s):||"Downton Abbey!" Also, "The Daily Show/Colbert Report," "American Horror Story," "The Walking Dead," "Game of Thrones," "The Newsroom"... My DVR works overtime!|
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