PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Broadway's Final Mary Poppins, Steffanie Leigh

By Matthew Blank
26 Feb 2013

Last book you read: "Gone Girl"
Must-see TV show(s): "Sherlock," "Game of Thrones," "The Wire," "Breaking Bad," "Alias," "Downton Abbey"
Last good movie you saw: "Argo"
Some films you consider classics: "White Christmas," "Top Hat," "Breakfast at Tiffany's," "His Girl Friday," "Roman Holiday"
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Robert Lenzi
Pop culture guilty pleasure: "Dance Moms"
Three favorite cities: Ashland, Seattle and San Diego
Favorite sport/team/player: My boyfriend has done everything in his power to make me a Philadelphia Phillies fan. My favorite player on the Phillies is Roy Halladay because he seems very nice and is a hard worker!
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: GT and the Halo Express

First stage kiss: I kissed my Harold Hill in The Music Man, and he definitely stuck his tongue down my throat the first night!
Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: Madge in Picnic
How you got your Equity card: Pittsburgh CLO
Favorite pre-/post- show meal: Pre: a nice home cooked meal with my boyfriend. Post: Nachos on my couch watching "The Daily Show"
Favorite liquid refreshment: A full bodied glass of red wine
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: I always go through "The Museum Song" from Barnum. Everyone had to learn it in our speech class at Carnegie Mellon. And a foot massage from my iSqueeze.
Most challenging role you have ever played: Mary Poppins
Most challenging aspect of your current role: Stamina
Craziest audition story: I went in for a tap dance call for a show that was extremely difficult. I became a bit overwhelmed, so after we went through it the last time and began to break into groups, I pivot stepped right out the door and never came back!
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: During the bank scene in Mary Poppins, my feet got tangled with little Michael Banks and I fell backwards and dragged the kids down with me!
Worst costume ever: A lime green dance competition costume that featured bell bottoms and fish net "jacket"
Worst job you ever had: I hated bartending.
Your Disney dream role (aside from Poppins): Mulan (you did say dream, right?)
If you could trade roles with anyone in the cast for a week, who would it be? Bird Woman
Leading lady role you've been dying to play: Lady M.
Leading man role you'd like a shot at: Usnavi of course!
Something about you that surprises people: I still suck my thumb when I'm really tired.
Something you are incredibly proud of: Being an Oregonian
Something you're embarrassed to admit: I sometimes suck my thumb even when I'm not tired...
Career you would want if not a performer: Psychologist
Three things you can't live without: Cheese, Wine, Robert Lenzi
"I'll never understand why…" … people litter.
Words of advice for aspiring performers: Compare and despair.