PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Emmy Winner Bruce Vilanch, Star of
Aladdin and His Winter Wish
Bruce Vilanch is currently starring as Widow Twankey in Aladdin and His Winter Wish at the Pasadena Playhouse. He fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.
Vilanch performed at the Pantages in Hollywood and on Broadway in
Hairspray and has written for the Tony Awards. The Emmy Award winner has also contributed material to the Academy Awards and "Hollywood Squares."
Full given name: Bruce Vilanch Where you were born/where you were raised: New York, NY and Paterson, NJ. Home of champions. Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius, just like Miley Cyrus What your parents did/do for a living: Optometrist meets wedding planner who plans wedding Special skills: That thing with your tongue and the cherry stem Something you're REALLY bad at: Getting meat out of crab claws First Broadway show you ever saw: The Vamp, starring Carol Channing. A flop to everyone but me. If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be? Noel and Gertie in Private Lives Current show other than your own you have been recommending to friends: Buyer & Cellar, by Jonathan Tolins, starring Michael Urie Favorite showtune(s) of all time: "There's No Business Like Show Business" Some favorite modern musicals: Hairspray, Avenue Q, Drood Some favorite classic musicals: Guys and Dolls, Forum, Gypsy, How To Succeed, Jamaica Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with: Zero, Merman, Coward, Bert Lahr, Gleason, Mae West, Harlow, Judy The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: Donald Sinden in Present Laughter Music that makes you cry, any genre: Anything, with enough wine MAC or PC? Tom toms and the occasional smoke signal Most played song on your iPod: Hey, is that dirty? Most-visited websites: Anything with HUGE in the title Favorite Tweeters: I twat not Last book you read: My smartphone manual Must-see TV show(s): Anything where somebody is trying to sell a house Last good movie you saw: "Tillie's Punctured Romance." It's been awhile. Some films you consider classics: Anything by Billy Wilder or Joe Mankiewecz Performer you would drop everything to go see: Bette Midler Pop culture guilty pleasure: Show business memoirs where people write about dead people they slept with Three favorite cities: Los Angeles, New York, London
Favorite sport/team/player: Anything where they wear very little clothing and don't hurt themselves
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