PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: "She's a D'Ysquith!" Tony Nominee Lauren Worsham on Inspiration, High Notes and Annie

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20 May 2014

Lauren Worsham
Lauren Worsham

Lauren Worsham, a 2014 Tony Award nominee for her performance in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, fills out's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Past roles include Lisa (Dog Days, Montclair Peak Performances); Amy (Where’s Charley?, Encores!); Cunegonde (Candide, NYCO); Lili (Carnival, Goodspeed); Clara (The Light in the Piazza, Weston Playhouse) and Olive (Spelling Bee national tour).

She is co-founder of the music theatre company The Coterie and lead singer for the band Sky-Pony.


Full given name: Lauren Worsham
Where you were born/where you were raised: Austin, TX, born and raised
Zodiac Sign:Aries
What your parents did/do for a living: College real estate for UT students
Siblings:One older brother, Parker Worsham (
Current Audition Song: "The Beauty Is" from The Light in the Piazza
Special skills:I can stick my tongue in my nose
Something you're REALLY bad at:Sports or catching any sort of flying object that's hurtling towards my face
Did you have any particular mentors or inspirations when first starting out?My mother always loved musicals and introduced me to them. My high school choir teacher Ms. Couch convinced me that I could sing soprano. My voice teacher of 8 years Virginia Grasso has been helping me grow my voice steadily. And my former boss and New York Mom, Ruth Hendel, showed me how much work goes into mounting a Broadway production from behind the stage.
First Broadway show you ever saw: Big
If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be? Ethel Merman in Gypsy
Current or recent show other than your own you have been recommending to friends: I haven't had a chance to see anything! But I know that I would want to see A Raisin in the Sun.
Favorite showtune(s) of all time: "If I Loved You" from Carousel
Favorite musicals of all time: Gypsy, The Light in the Piazza, South Pacific
Broadway or screen stars of the past or present you would most love to perform with: Beverly Sills, Ethel Merman, Gene Kelly
You personal vocal idols: June Anderson, Laura Benanti and Camille
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: Meryl Streep in Mother Courage
Music that makes you cry, any genre: Any time a soprano sustains an effortless high note
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