PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Newsies Leading Lady Liana Hunt

By Matthew Blank
15 Apr 2014

Liana Hunt
Liana Hunt

Liana Hunt, who plays the role of Katherine in the Broadway production of Newsies, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Other theatre credits include Sophie in Mamma Mia! (Broadway), Eponine in Les Misérables and Belle in Beauty and the Beast.



Full given name: Liana Marie Hunt
Where you were born/where you were raised: Morrisville, Vermont. It's right next to Stowe.
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
What your parents did/do for a living: My mom has owned her own children's clothing store in Stowe called The Yellow Turtle for the last 26 years (and JUST recently sold it). My dad works for the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, which is where the Von Trapp family settled in Vermont after coming from Austria. The lodge is now run by Maria and the Baron's youngest son, Johannes Von Trapp. So cool. The hills are alive indeed.
Siblings: I have one younger brother, Connor, who just graduated from St. Lawrence University. He's an amazing downhill and nordic skier and photographer. He also makes delicious bread from scratch. Serious. Skills.
Special skills: Eh, I sort of snowboard, I bake, and I can freestyle rap battle.
Something you're REALLY bad at: Driving. Whoops. Good thing I live in NYC.
First Broadway show you ever saw: Beauty and the Beast
If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be? I would have loved to see the original A Chorus Line in the 1970s with my mom and my grandparents when they went to see it.
Current or recent show other than your own you have been recommending to friends: Pippin
Favorite showtune(s) of all time: I have a whole iTunes playlist dedicated to my favorite show tunes. But. A few that I will always adore and will never get tired of are: “Every Day a Little Death” and “Now/Later/Soon” from A Little Night Music, “Please Let's Not Even Say Hello” by Maury Yeston, and the opening of You're a Good Man Charlie Brown.
Some favorite modern musicals: In The Heights, Next to Normal, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Light in the Piazza, The Drowsy Chaperone, Urinetown
Some favorite classic musicals: South Pacific, My Fair Lady, Gypsy
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would have most loved to perform with: Gene Kelly, Lucille Ball, Judy Garland...
Your personal performance idols, living or dead: Lucille Ball, Cate Blanchett, Diane Keaton, Sutton Foster, Jim Carrey, Audrey Hepburn, Rachel McAdams, Julie Andrews, Ginger Rogers, Amy Adams...
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: James Corden in One Man, Two Guvnors! Unbelievable. The most brilliant comedic performance I've witnessed live. I was convinced he was improvising most of the show on the spot.
Music that makes you cry, any genre: Joni Mitchell, Regina Spektor, anything with strings, The Last Five Years
MAC or PC? MAC
Most played song on your iPod: Probably "Who Did That to You?" by John Legend off the "Django Unchained" soundtrack. Can't. Get. Enough.
Most-visited websites: Pinterest, YouTube
Last book you read: "Game Change"
Must-see TV show(s): TV is how I get through the winter. My all time favorites are “Sex and the City” and “Law and Order: SVU.” I've probably seen every episode of both but continue to watch all of the time.

My favorite comedies these days are “New Girl” and “Modern Family.” Other current favorites: “House of Cards,” “American Horror Story,” “Orange Is the New Black,” “Scandal,” “The Following,” “The Americans,” “Mad Men” and “Dexter.”

Last good movie you saw: "Dallas Buyers Club"
Some films you consider classics: "It's a Wonderful Life," "Hook," "Sabrina," "Dumb and Dumber," "Harvey," "When Harry Met Sally," "Pretty Woman," "Big"
Performer you would drop everything to go see: I had tickets two years ago to see one of my favorite singer/songwriters, Brandi Carlile, who I've been dying to see perform, and the concert was canceled because of the hurricane. So if she came back to NYC I would drop everything and finally go see her!
Pop culture guilty pleasure: “The Bachelor/Bachelorette”
Three favorite cities: NYC, Boston, Austin
Favorite sport/team/player: One of the few sports I actually enjoy watching is baseball. However, I support any and all New England teams for my dad (he's originally from Boston): Red Sox, Patriots, etc.
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: CD: Alanis Morrissette's "Jagged Little Pill." Tape: The Raffi kids tapes and then Annie with Andrea McArdle. I've never owned any LP's!
First stage kiss: Cannot remember for the life of me. It might have been in The Fantasticks with my friend Paul Miller (who's now in Mamma Mia!) at a community theatre in Vermont during high school! Maybe??!?
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