PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Show Boat Star Sarah Uriarte Berry

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16 Aug 2011

Sarah Uriarte Berry
Sarah Uriarte Berry

Broadway favorite Sarah Uriarte Berry, currently starring as Magnolia in Goodspeed's production of Show Boat in Connecticut, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Berry has appeared on Broadway as Eponine in Les Misérables, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Nicola in Taboo and Franca in The Light in the Piazza. She earned Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for the latter role.

National touring credits include Betty Schaefer in Sunset Boulevard and Julie Jordan in Carousel. She played Sharon in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of Master Class and sang the title role in Cinderella with New York City Opera.



Full given name: Sarah Angelique Uriarte

Where you were born/where you were raised: San Francisco. Grew up mostly up and down California
Zodiac Sign:Gemini
What your parents did/do for a living:Educators
Current audition song/monologue: I always try to sing or act material from the show I'm auditioning for.
Special skills: I'm a good cook, and I play violin.
Something you're REALLY bad at: Volleyball. I'm terrified of the ball!
First Broadway show you ever saw: Tyne Daly in Gypsy. I still remember her amazing performance!
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? I wish I had seen A Chorus Line, Patti LuPone in Evita and Angela Lansbury in Sweeney Todd.
Current show you have been recommending to friends: War Horse
Favorite showtune of all time: Barbara Cook singing "Glitter and Be Gay"
Some favorite musicals: Gypsy, Into The Woods, Dreamgirls, Carousel, The Light in the Piazza
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with: More of a film star, but Gene Kelly. How I wish I could dance with him!
Your personal vocal idols, living or dead Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, Julie Andrews, Bernadette Peters, Julia Murney, Rebecca Luker
One performance - attended - that you will never forget: Again... Tyne Daly in Gypsy!
Music that makes you cry, any genre: Opera, musical theatre, some popular music. I'm most affected by vocal performances, and the genre doesn't really matter. It's the material or the heart and emotion in the performance or recording that moves me.
MAC or PC? MAC!!
Most played song on your iPod: Well, I love Andrew Lippa's Wild Party, and I have these two mix CD's that Kate Baldwin made for me, to keep me up to date with current music!

It's all happy, upbeat, fun popular music, and it always puts me in a good mood. Of course, she made those CD's for me 4 years ago...

Most-visited websites: NY Times
BabyCenter.com
All Recipes.com
Playbill.com
Last book you read: Show Boat! What a fun read. I highly recommend it.
Must-see TV shows: I don't watch TV anymore! But I have enjoyed "Mad Men," "Lost," "American Idol," "Rachel Maddow," "Bill Maher" and all Food Network shows.
Last good movie you saw: "Super 8"
Some films you consider classics: "Sunset Boulevard"
"All About Eve"
"Singin' in the Rain"
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Babs
Pop culture guilty pleasure: I'm not up on pop culture.
Favorite cities: San Francisco, Paris
Favorite sport/team/player: I love ice skating, gymnastics and basketball
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: "Dumbo" -the LP of the Disney movie. It was one of those LPs that had a built-in book, so you could look at scenes from the movie as you listened.
Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: I can't remember a time when I didn't know I would be a performer. I really remember being around 3 or 4 and knowing that when I grew up I would do musical movies or shows, like the people on all the records I used to listen to.
How you got your Equity card: Playing Nanette in No, No, Nanette at the Starlight Theatre in San Diego, CA
Favorite pre-/post- show meal: I love Carmine's on 44th. The country style rigatoni rocks my world.
Favorite liquid refreshment: Lemonade with seltzer, red wine
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: Stretching, a couple of sun salutations, a quick vocal warm-up, coffee or green tea.



Most vocally challenging role you have ever played: Cunegonde in Candide

Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: I forgot two entire phrases of "On My Own" when I was playing Eponine on Broadway. I just walked around the turntable, clutching my coat, looking into the orchestra pit, praying that someone would give me the next line... or maybe just kill me.
Worst costume ever: I have two that deserve a mention. I played the balloon girl in a dinner theater production of Gypsy... when I was in college!

I had a large chest at the time, and coupled with my little braids, the purple leotard and the balloons pinned all over me, it was amazing, but not in a good way.

The other was in Taboo, a show I did in 2003. I had a four-month-old baby and I showed up to rehearsal one day and they showed me my newest costume, which was a nude body stocking with crystals covering the private areas. I cried.

Worst job you ever had: I can't answer this question without hurting someone's feelings, so I'll tell you one of my favorite jobs ever: playing Belle in a little kids' Beauty and the Beast show at Disneyland in California.

I was so happy there in the happiest place on Earth!

A show you would love to perform in opposite your husband: Any show! I really enjoy working with Michael Berry. We don't always get along in real life, but on stage it always seems to work for us!
Leading lady role you've been dying to play: Effie in Dreamgirls
Leading man role you wish you could play: Jean Valjean
Something about you that surprises people: I have never smoked a cigarette or marijuana or tried any drug of any kind. Ever.
Career you would want if not a performer: Dolphin trainer
Three things you can't live without: Coffee, chocolate and my family. This is in order of importance.
"I'll never understand why..." ... the wealthiest one percent don't want to share.

Words of wisdom for aspiring performers? Get an education! I mean an academic education as well training in the performing arts. A well-rounded person is always more interesting than someone who can only talk about one thing! And you can draw on your knowledge to go deeper into your characters.