CUE & A: Heathers Star Jessica Keenan Wynn on Streisand, Playing Fagin and "I'm Too Sexy"

By Matthew Blank
08 Jul 2014

Jessica Keenan Wynn
Jessica Keenan Wynn
Photo by Chad Batka

Jessica Keenan Wynn, who plays Heather Chandler in Heathers: The Musical, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

This marks Wynn's New York stage debut. She has appeared in the 25th anniversary national tour of Les Misérables, Hairspray at The Hollywood Bowl) and Life Could Be a Dream at The Hudson Theatre in Hollywood.



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Full given name: Jessica Keenan Wynn
Where you were born/where you were raised: Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA… specifically the valley… duh.
Zodiac Sign:Gemini
What your parents did/do for a living: Mom works for Musicares under the Grammy Foundation, and Dad is an entertainment lawyer.
Siblings:Amazing half-brother Brett Armstrong
Current audition song/monologue:“Cry Baby” and “Woman in the Moon”
Special skills:Britney Spears impression
Something you're REALLY bad at:Britney Spears impression
First Broadway show you ever saw: My first trip to NY was in high school and I saw Sutton Foster in Thoroughly Modern Millie. I was blown away by the ease and precision that she exuded… I still am.
If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be? It was Cabaret with Alan Cumming, but my dreams came true and I just saw it back on Broadway. Currently, I would have to say the OBC of Into The Woods or Sunday in the Park with George. I live for those recordings.
Current or recent show other than your own you have been recommending to friends: Bridges of Madison County moved me in a way theatre hasn’t. Since it closed too soon, I recommend purchasing the album to everyone. Also, Pippin still ranks up there as a theatrical, magical whirlwind that everyone should experience.
Favorite showtune(s) of all time: “I Got Rhythm,” “One Song Glory,” “If I Didn’t Believe In You,” “He Touched Me” and “Move On.” (I could go on and on and on and on...)
Some favorite modern musicals: Last 5 Years, [title of show] and In The Heights
Some favorite classic musicals: Meet Me In St. Louis, Bye Bye Birdie and West Side Story
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would have most loved to perform with: Cheesy, but my grandfather and great grandfather Keenan Wynn and Ed Wynn… and Judy Garland.
Your personal vocal idols, living or dead: Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Jane Monheit and Babs
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: Watching Barbra Streisand perform 2 years ago at "Person Of The Year." I was moved to chills and frozen for her entire performance. She's a legend and an idol to so many.
Music that makes you cry, any genre: 1940’s standards or an Edith Piaf ballad
MAC or PC? MAC, duh
Most played song on your iPod: Sam Smith’s “Good Things,” Sara Bareilles’ “I Choose You” and “Attaboy” by The Goat Rodeo Sessions
Most-visited websites: eBay… addicted
Favorite Tweeters: Laura Benanti, Grumpy Cat and Megan Amram
Last book you read: "The China Study" …I’m vegan :-)
Must-see TV show(s): "House of Cards," "OITNB," "Veep," "Downton Abbey" and "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon"
Last good movie you saw: "20 Feet From Stardom"
Some films you consider classics: "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane," "Meet Me In St. Louis" and "The Philadelphia Story"
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Carole King
Pop culture guilty pleasure: The Doobie Brothers and Hall & Oates… back to back!
Three favorite cities: Washington DC, Paris, Denver
Favorite sport/team/player: Oh lord! Basketball. Lakers. Kobe.
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: Mix tape from my mom with Genesis and The Cure. My first CD was from an infomercial for “Livin’ In The 90’s.” It was unreal, came 2 CD’s, AND had “I’m Too Sexy” on it!!!
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