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

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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'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.


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 grin
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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