PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Emmy Winner Bruce Vilanch, Star of Aladdin and His Winter Wish

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24 Dec 2013

First CD/Tape/LP you owned: The original cast album of The King & I -- Gertrude Lawrence!
First stage kiss: Greg Louganis, in a staged reading of Valley of the Dolls. He was Tony, I was Jennifer.
Some favorite or most memorable roles as a child or teen: Luther Billis and/or Alfred P. Doolittle
Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: The day I found the bathroom mirror
How you got your Equity card: Hairspray!
Favorite pre-/post- show meal: (note where) Frankie Bradley's cheesecake in Philly
Favorite liquid refreshment: Joan Crawford water, otherwise known as vodka
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: Uncorking the Joan Crawford water
Most challenging role you have ever played: King Lear in my bathroom mirror playhouse production
What drew you to this Aladdin production? Pantyhose and wigs... and the fact that Ian McKellen loves the role
Biggest challenge about this current project: Three shows a day. Is this Ringling Brothers?
Most fulfilling or fun aspect about the project: The audience is in on the joke
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: My skirt fell off on stage during a performance of Hairspray on Broadway, revealing my fat suit over my own natural fat suit. I turned to the audience and said, "Now you know why I spent six years in a square."
Worst costume ever: A heavily rented cowardly lion suit with several different families of several different species making a home within.
Worst job you ever had: An assembly line, packing vaginal cream
If you could trade roles/tracks with anyone in the show for a week, who would it be? Ben Vereen, but he cannot have my monogram
Any upcoming or side projects you can talk about? A revival of Cole Porter's Dubarry Was A Lady in San Francisco at 42nd Sreet Moon April 30-May 18. I get to play the Bert Lahr role.
Something about you that surprises people: If I told you, it wouldn't be a surprise
Something you are incredibly proud of: The money and awareness I've helped raised for people with AIDS. Please don't stop giving.
Something you're embarrassed to admit: I was the same weight in third grade.
Career you would want if not a performer: Idle billionaire
Three things you can't live without: The Andrews Sisters
"I'll never understand why…" … I'll never understand.
Words of advice for aspiring performers: Save!