Bruce Vilanch is currently starring as Widow Twankey in Aladdin and His Winter Wish at the Pasadena Playhouse. He fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.
Vilanch performed at the Pantages in Hollywood and on Broadway in Hairspray and has written for the Tony Awards. The Emmy Award winner has also contributed material to the Academy Awards and "Hollywood Squares."
Full given name:
Where you were born/where you were raised:
New York, NY and Paterson, NJ. Home of champions.
Sagittarius, just like Miley Cyrus
What your parents did/do for a living:
Optometrist meets wedding planner who plans wedding
That thing with your tongue and the cherry stem
Something you're REALLY bad at:
Getting meat out of crab claws
First Broadway show you ever saw:
The Vamp, starring Carol Channing. A flop to everyone but me.
If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be?
Noel and Gertie in Private Lives
Current show other than your own you have been recommending to friends:
Buyer & Cellar, by Jonathan Tolins, starring Michael Urie
Favorite showtune(s) of all time:
"There's No Business Like Show Business"
Some favorite modern musicals:
Hairspray, Avenue Q, Drood
Some favorite classic musicals:
Guys and Dolls, Forum, Gypsy, How To Succeed, Jamaica
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with:
Zero, Merman, Coward, Bert Lahr, Gleason, Mae West, Harlow, Judy
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget:
Donald Sinden in Present Laughter
Music that makes you cry, any genre:
Anything, with enough wine
MAC or PC?
Tom toms and the occasional smoke signal
Most played song on your iPod:
Hey, is that dirty?
Anything with HUGE in the title
I twat not
Last book you read:
My smartphone manual
Must-see TV show(s):
Anything where somebody is trying to sell a house
Last good movie you saw:
"Tillie's Punctured Romance." It's been awhile.
Some films you consider classics:
Anything by Billy Wilder or Joe Mankiewecz
Performer you would drop everything to go see:
Pop culture guilty pleasure:
Show business memoirs where people write about dead people they slept with
Three favorite cities:
Los Angeles, New York, London
Anything where they wear very little clothing and don't hurt themselves
All The Way
Bullets Over Broadway
Fly By Night
Of Mice and Men
The Cripple of Inishmaan
The Realistic Joneses
The Velocity of Autumn
Tony n' Tina's Wedding