PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: First Date's Sara Chase

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06 Aug 2013

Sara Chase
Sara Chase

Sara Chase, who is featured in the new Broadway musical First Date, fills out's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Chase's past theatre credits include the Off-Broadway production of The Toxic Avenger and First Wives Club (San Diego Theatre Critics Award, Best Supporting Actress).

She has appeared on screen in "The Other Guys," "Arthur," "Hello I Must Be Going," "Little Black Book," "The Office," "Michael & Michael Have Issues" and "Arrested Development."


Full given name: Sara Elizabeth Chase
Where you were born/where you were raised: West Hartford, CT
Zodiac Sign:Leo
What your parents did/do for a living:Mom is a museum docent/Michael's Arts and Crafts VIP customer. My father is an entrepreneur.
Siblings:William, Allison, Melissa
Current audition song/monologue:I sing "I Have Confidence" from The Sound of Music as Judy Garland, Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Elaine Stritch and Julie Andrews- each alternating lines.
Special skills:Unintentionally making people feel uncomfortable, putting foot in mouth.
Something you're REALLY bad at: Crafting. I want to be good but I stink.
First Broadway show you ever saw: Meet Me in St. Louis when I was 7.
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? Gilda Radner Live From New York. I listen to it on vinyl.
Current show other than your own you have been recommending to friends: I've been in L.A. the last year so I'm sorry to say I haven't seen much, but I did see Cinderella which I loved (plus as a bonus: you can see over the heads of most of the audience members.)
Favorite showtune(s) of all time: "True Love," "Hello Young Lovers," "At The Ballet," "Talk to Me," "Lida Rose," "They Were You," "If I Loved You," "You Walk With Me," "What More Can I Say," "Something Good"-- all perfection.
Some favorite modern musicals: I love anything Rupert Holmes.
Some favorite classic musicals: A Chorus Line and The Fantasticks. Both perfect.
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with: Carol Burnett. I go to the Paley Center for Media on 52nd Street to watch old "Gary Moore Show" episodes, her specials with Lucille Ball, and her specials with Julie Andrews.

She never needed to be crass or swear to be hysterically funny. (Oh, it's so high up here on my soapbox!)

Your personal vocal idols, living or dead: Rosemary Clooney. She delivers lyrics astonishingly well.
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: Tie:

Reba McEntire in Annie Get Your Gun. She was perfect for the role and her voice was spectacular.

Gary Sinise in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. I saw it with Santino Fontana when we were 18 and it was the first Broadway play either of us had ever seen. I never saw a performer so in command of a stage before.

Music that makes you cry, any genre: Bagpipes! I do not know why.
Most played song on your iPod: Doris Day's "It's Magic" (Can you tell my tastes run 90-year-old woman-like?)
Most-visited websites: My startup page has been since I was 16, so this Q&A is my nerd fantasy come true.
Last book you read: Rick Steve's "Europe Through the Back Door." I just traveled Europe by myself.
Must-see TV show(s): I'm too embarrassed to answer this. My taste in television is questionable.
Last good movie you saw: I finally saw "Gone With the Wind."
Some films you consider classics: "Troop Beverly Hills"
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Martin Short or Melissa McCarthy
Pop culture guilty pleasure: "Dance Moms." I know. I hate me, too.
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