PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Once Tony Nominee Elizabeth A. Davis

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15 May 2012

Elizabeth A. Davis
Elizabeth A. Davis

Elizabeth A. Davis, a 2012 Tony Award nominee for her performance in Once, fills out's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Davis has appeared onstage in The 39 Steps, Wolves, Dally With the Devil, The Misanthrope, Opus, A Streetcar Named Desire, Ride the Tiger and Doubt.

Screen work includes "Fringe" and "All My Children."


Full given name: Elizabeth Anne Davis

Where you were born/where you were raised: Born in Dumas, TX. Grew up all 18 years in Channing, TX. (Pop. 363)
Zodiac Sign:Libra
What your parents did/do for a living:Daddy and Mama (retired early) were both in education. Frank was the superintendent of schools. Previously, he taught 5th grade and music. Melody taught English, speech and communications.
Siblings: Jonathan works with his hands: interior design, landscape architecture. He makes things look amazing.
Special skills: Violin, empathy
Something you're REALLY bad at: Volleyball, unwinding, swimming.
First Broadway show you ever saw: Thoroughly Modern Millie. Anne Nathan's tap dancing still has me reeling.
If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be? The first production of Uncle Vanya
Did you have any particular mentors or inspirations as a young actor? My parents directed the high school play together from before I was born until after my graduation. Their influence on my passion for theatre can't be overstated.
Current show you have been recommending to friends: My husband and I always recommend Fuerza Bruta because we're obsessed. Also, One Man, Two Guvnors and Peter and the Starcatcher are on my "I haven't been able to see this but you totally should" list.
Favorite showtunes of all time: "Your Daddy's Son" from Ragtime and "Not for the Life of Me" from Millie.
Some favorite musicals: The King and I
Fiddler on the Roof
My Fair Lady
Some favorite modern plays: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot just won't leave me.
Some favorite modern playwrights: Bill Mastrosimone, Sarah Ruhl, Rob Askins, Bridgette Wimberly, Tom Stoppard
Do you consider yourself an actor, a musician or a singer first? I say my violin is my first voice because I've been playing since I was three, but I am most certainly an actor first. That's where I trained and where most of my professional life has existed so far.
Stage or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with: Audrey Hepburn. I mean, come on. She's it for me. Also Michael Chekhov and Danny Kaye.
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: Bowfire at the NJPAC: violin & fiddle virtuosos that ALSO tap danced like insane people. It sort of made me want to quit the business, they were so good.
Music that makes you cry, any genre: Billy Joel, any 90s country, Melanie Penn (makes me laugh AND cry)
You personal acting idols: Elizabeth Marvel, Betty Buckley, Warren Kelley
Most played song on your iPod: "Restless" by Switchfoot
Most-visited websites: Yahoo, Twitter, Chase: how lame!

Others include,, and of course my new webseries highlighting subway musicians, "Underground Sound," @

Last book you read: I'm in the middle of "Balancing Act," Angela Lansbury's authorized biography by Martin Gottfried
Must-see TV show(s): "Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives" on the Food Network
Last good movie you saw: Terrence Malick's 1978 "Days of Heaven"
Some films you consider classics: "East of Eden"
"The Court Jester"
"Last of the Mohicans"
"The Boys Next Door" (Hallmark Special version)
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