PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: If/Then and Once on This Island Star Jerry Dixon

By Matthew Blank
22 Apr 2014

Jerry Dixon
Jerry Dixon

Jerry Dixon, who returns to Broadway in the new musical If/Then, fills out's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Dixon has appeared in the original Broadway/Off-Broadway casts of Once on This Island (Daniel); Five Guys Named Moe (Nomax); Bright Lights, Big City (Tad); The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (Lucas) and tick, tick…BOOM! (Michael).

Screen work includes “Law & Order,” “Everwood” and “Peace Maker.”

Full given name: Gerald Francis Dixon
Where you were born/where you were raised: Chicago, IL. Raised in Kalamazoo, MI.
Zodiac Sign: Libra
What your parents did/do for a living: Father- Clothing Designer. Mother- worked for an energy company.
Siblings: Carl (brother), Vincent (brother), Windy (sister)
Current Audition Song: I’m not willing to part with these particular trade secrets at this time.
Special skills: Pogo. Ice-skating. Cooking from whatever is in your refrigerator.
Something you're REALLY bad at: Drawing
First Broadway show you ever saw: West Side Story
If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be? Show Boat (the five-hour version before they made the cuts)
Current or recent show other than your own you have been recommending to friends: Rocky
Favorite showtune(s) of all time: "Ol’ Man River," "Unusual Way," "Sunday"
Some favorite modern musicals: Dreamgirls, Billy Elliot, Nine, Next To Normal, Once On This Island
Some favorite classic musicals: Fiddler On The Roof, No No Nanette, Carousel, Oliver
Broadway or screen stars of the past or present you would most love to perform with: Lena Horne, Burt Lancaster, Lana Turner, Louis Armstrong, Bruce Lee, Omar Sharif, Barbara Stanwyck
Your personal vocal idols, living or dead: Sarah Vaughan, Michael McDonald, Mel Tormé, Marc Broussard, Pink
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: This is not fair. But, you did say one... Nicholas Nickleby!
Music that makes you cry, any genre: There’s so much. So I’m only going to list a few songs. Elvis Costello/Burt Bacharach- "Painted From Memory"; Tim Miner- "Get On Your Feet"; Judy Garland- "I Happen To Like New York"

Most played song on your iPod: "Home" by Marc Broussard

Most-visited websites: eBay, Playbill, Amazon, Netflix
Last book you read: "Lost Broadway Theatres"
Must-see TV show(s): "Game Of Thrones," "Mad Men," "House Of Cards," "New Girl"
Last good movie you saw: "Nymphomaniac"
Some films you consider classics:

 "Imitation of Life," "Gaslight," "The Birds," "Wild Is the Wind," "Lilies of the Field"
Performer you would drop everything to go see: This will only get me into trouble. So, I will pass.

Pop culture guilty pleasure: "Top Chef"
Three favorite cities: New York, New Orleans, Paris
Favorite sport/team/player: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: I bought used library copies of Jesus Christ Superstar, A Little Night Music and Say Darling at the same time.
First stage kiss: High school, Anything Goes. I was Billy Crocker. Sarah Combs was Hope Harcourt.
Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: At age fourteen, I played Joe in Show Boat and got standing ovations for singing "Ol’ Man River."