PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Once Cast Member Katrina Lenk
28 Jan 2014
Katrina Lenk, who currently plays Réza in the Tony-winning musical Once, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.
Lenk has appeared on Broadway in The Miracle Worker and as Arachne in Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark.
Other stage work includes Last Dance (York Theatre), Camille (Bard SummerScape), Lost Land (Steppenwolf Theatre), iWitness (Mark Taper Forum), Elemeno Pea, Cloudlands, Caucasian Chalk Circle (South Coast Repertory) and the title role in Lovelace: A Rock Opera (L.A. Weekly and Garland Award winner).
Where you were born/where you were raised:
Illinois, Iowa, then Illinois again.
What your parents did/do for a living:
My dad was a systems analyst for several computer companies, and now runs his own home inspection business. My mum was/is a part-time secretary, and an all-around genius.
One brother, who is a music aficionado and accountant.
Current audition song/monologue:
Oy, that depends on the situation. Though I really appreciate getting to prepare material from the actual project.
I get a kick out of doing all kinds of dialects, dork dork dork.
Something you're REALLY bad at:
Going to sleep before 3 AM.
First Broadway show you ever saw:
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be?
It wasn't on Broadway, but I would've loved to have seen Judi Dench in Cabaret.
Current show other than your own you have been recommending to friends:
Pippin and Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Favorite showtune(s) of all time:
Erm, I don't have a favorite but I'm a sucker for any old school stuff- Cole Porter, Gershwin, Bernstein... and then there's Hedwig and the Angry Inch, particularly "Origin of Love." Gets me right in the sternum, it does.
Some favorite modern musicals:
Well, Once, of course! Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Sweeney Todd.
Some favorite classic musicals:
On the Town, West Side Story, 42nd Street, Top Hat, American in Paris (can't beat those old movie musicals), Guys and Dolls, yes even Ooooooooooooooklahoma…
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with:
Gene Kelly. Fred Astaire. Frank Sinatra. Rosalind Russell. Buster Keaton. Jimmy Stewart. Vincent Price, weeee!
Your personal performance idols, living or dead:
Marlene Dietrich. Sir Ian McKellen. Gene Wilder. And come to think of it, everyone in the cast of Once, as well as in Spider-Man. To get to watch professionals everyday, every show, turn in a spectacular heartfelt performance is constantly inspiring.
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget:
Mark Rylance in Twelfth Night several years ago in Los Angeles. And Mikhail Baryshnikov dancing in his White Oaks Dance Project. Greyhyyargh!! I wanted to tape my eyelids open so as not to miss a moment of either of those.
Music that makes you cry, any genre:
Aaargh, Damien Rice, that bugger. Also, usually Ravel, some Borodin, or Tchaikovsky will do the trick.
MAC or PC?
Most played song on your iPod:
There sure is a LOT of Radiohead on my iPhone. Also really digging Cesaria Evora these days.
Last book you read:
"12 Years a Slave" (Psst. Better than the movie.)
Must-see TV show(s):
"Girls," "Orange is the New Black," "Mob City," "Walking Dead"