PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Marc Shaiman
Marc Shaiman — Hairspray composer and co-star in Broadway's — fills out Playbill.com's new questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop culture tidbits.
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Full given name: Marc Shaiman Hometown: Scotch Plains, NJ Zodiac sign: Libra Favorite showtune: Impossible to answer First Broadway show ever saw: Fiddler on the Roof. Being a Jewish teenager, living in the NJ suburbs in the 60's, it was a law. If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? Gypsy with Ethel Merman MAC or PC? MAC!! Most played song on your iPod: Hmmm...lately, various versions of "Hallelujah" and "A Case of You." But it changes hourly. Last book you read: "The DaVinci Code" (how common, I know...sorry!) Must-see TV show: "Grey's Anatomy" Last good movie you saw: "To Kill a Mockingbird" Favorite reality show: Any MTV "Real World/Road Rules Challenges" and the inevitable speedo episodes. Performer you would drop everything to go see: Bette Midler Pop culture guilty pleasure: MySpace First song you ever wrote: "Linus's Theme" (my cat). It involved arpeggiated C, F and G chords. Very Philip Glass! Favorite pre-/post-show meal: Pre: Nothing, I must be light and merry. Post: Ben & Jerry's Pre-show rituals: Asking Brooks Ashmanskas "So, we are actually going to do it again?" What comes first: music or lyrics? The idea/the emotion. Favorite pizza topping: Paper towel to mop up the grease Who would play you in the movie? Nathan Lane Worst job you ever had: Scoring a hideous movie called "What's the Worst That Could Happen?" I'm not kidding.
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