PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Big Fish Star Krystal Joy Brown

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01 Oct 2013

Krystal Joy Brown
Krystal Joy Brown

Krystal Joy Brown, who plays the role of Josephine Bloom in the new Broadway musical Big Fish, fills out's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Bown has previously appeared on Broadway in Leap of Faith (Astaire Award nomination) and Hair.

Other theatre work includes Falling for Eve (Eve), Calvin Berger (Rosanna), Little Shop of Horrors (Crystal), High School Musical (Taylor) and Rent (Mimi).


>Full given name: Krystal Joy Brown
Where you were born/where you were raised: I was born in Alexandria, VA, but when I was 14 my mother drove us across the country and we moved to Los Angeles.
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius and Capricorn (Born on the Cusp) Dec. 22
What your parents did/do for a living: My mother works for FEMA and my father was a Baltimore police officer. And both of my grandparents do or did work for the Pentagon.
Siblings: My Sister Katrinah is an actress/singer as well in Richmond, VA. She inspired my love for the theatre actually. And my brother Jason is ex-military and works for the Department of State. (Very government family).
Current audition song/monologue: I think my audition song has been the same since I started! I really need to update my book, but “I Got Love” is my go-to.

“My Funny Valentine” is the song that I used for Big Fish.

Special skills: Many people don’t know that I am a contortionist, and I can crush cans with my shoulder blades.
Something you're REALLY bad at: I HATE to admit this but I am the WORST drawer in the world. Terrible. And I cannot play Pictionary.
First Broadway show you ever saw: Um… another embarrassing fact but I saw Rent about 11 times and 2 times on Broadway. It was the first Broadway show I saw and the first job I ever got!
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? I would love to have been able to see the original A Chorus Line. It was so innovative for its time and I just love the actors sharing their heartbreaking, raw and real stories. I feel like that type of vulnerability is what makes great art and inspires me on a daily basis.
Current show other than your own you have been recommending to friends: I am living for Kinky Boots! I love the story, the book is awesome and it is a beautifully acted by one of the most talented casts I have seen. Billy Porter’s performance brought me to tears and Stark Sands’ voice is pure heaven. That show really moved me and made me laugh so hard.
Favorite showtune(s) of all time: “And the World Goes ‘Round”

That song just pretty much sums it up for me… ”Sometimes you're happy, sometimes you're sad, but the world goes ‘round." Yeah that pretty much says it all.

Some favorite modern musicals: Scottsboro Boys, Rent and The Last Five Years
Some favorite classic musicals: My Fair Lady, Porgy & Bess
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with: Lucille Ball, Audrey Hepburn, Bette Davis and Richard Pryor
Your personal vocal idols, living or dead: Billie Holiday - I love the hurt in her voice. Edith Piaf - she is vocal powerhouse. Donna Summer - those pipes didn’t quit and her voice was sexy. The Goddess Whitney Houston… there are so many!!!
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: Scottsboro Boys… unbelievably gorgeous, touching and REAL! I wish more people had gotten to experience it.
Music that makes you cry, any genre: Anything sung by Gina Milo, if you don’t know who that is, look her up.
Most played song on your iPod: Right now it’s anything by Quadron – a really rad Danish band. That or the playlist of songs I am preparing for my 54 Below show.
Most-visited websites: NPR and Facebook. That and randomly Googling anything and everything.
Favorite Tweeters: I am the WORST Tweeter, I am seriously the WORST. But I guess I gotta say the mundane and simple life tweets of @KevinTCurtis.
Last book you read: “Gone Girl”… damn good.
Must-see TV show(s): “Orange is the New Black”
“True Blood”
“Game of Thrones”
“I Love Lucy”
"Absolutely Fabulous"
“Golden Girls”!!!!
Last good movie you saw: "The Butler" and "Blue Jasmine" (both in the same day)
Some films you consider classics: "Clockwork Orange"
"Breakfast at Tiffany’s"
"Shawshank Redemption"
"Life Is Beautiful"
"The Color Purple"

I am a movie fanatic.

Performer you would drop everything to go see: Fiona Apple
Pop culture guilty pleasure: I check most days, and when I want to turn off, you may find me watching a "Housewives of…" (anything but Jersey and the O.C)
Three favorite cities: Copenhagen, Denmark Tulum, Mexico
Paris, France


Favorite sport/team/player: What??? Sports??

Um…soccer or basketball can hold my attention longer than 10 minutes. But I must say I after spending some time in Chicago, I definitely became a Blackhawks fan!

First CD/Tape/LP you owned: Rage Against The Machine (don’t ask)
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