PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: The Mystery of Edwin Drood's Shannon Lewis

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12 Feb 2013

Shannon Lewis
Shannon Lewis

Shannon Lewis, whose New York stage career spans 20 years and includes 10 Broadway shows, is currently appearing as Miss Florence Gill in The Mystery of Edwin Drood at Studio 54. She fills out's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Theatre work includes The People in the Picture, The Look of Love, How to Succeed..., Curtains, Sweet Charity, Contact, Fosse, Candide, Crazy for You, A Chorus Line and Pippin.

Lewis has also appeared in Encores! stagings of Fanny, Damn Yankees, Sweet Adeline and Tenderloin. She is married to actor Marc Kudisch.


Full given name: Shannon Nicole Lewis
Where you were born/where you were raised: Born and raised just outside of Toronto Canada in a town called Pickering
Zodiac Sign:Cancer
What your parents did/do for a living:My mom taught kindergarten until I was born and then was a stay at home mom, and my dad was an elementary school teacher and then became a successful businessman
Siblings:One younger brother- who's not in show biz
Special skills: I can do a mean velociraptor. Really. I can.
Something you're REALLY bad at: I am terrible at tennis! I am the biggest tennis fan and I think it's because I can't even hit the ball when I play.
First Broadway show you ever saw: Crazy story: the first Broadway show I ever saw was Crazy For You… the week before I joined the company as Vera. I was cast in a Broadway show before I even saw one.
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? Ooooh- being able to see Gwen Verdon in the original Damn Yankees would have been pretty amazing I think.
Current or recent shows you recommended to friends: I never get to see anything! I have wonderful talented friends in everything on and off Broadway. Go see everything!
Favorite showtune(s) of all time: Anything from Kiss of the Spider Woman, "At the Ballet" from A Chorus Line, "Unusual Way" from Nine, "The Old Red Hills of Home" from Parade, all three sections of the "Rich Man's Frug" from Sweet Charity…. there are too many!
Some favorite modern musicals: I gave myself 30 seconds to think, here's what I came up with:

Kiss of the Spider Woman, Spring Awakening, Light in the Piazza, Nine, Contact

Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with: Can you believe that I get to perform next to Chita Rivera every night? I also got to be mentored by the late, great Gwen Verdon. I would have loved to play with Cyd Charisse, Bob Fosse, Michael Jackson, Vera Ellen, Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly.
Your personal vocal or acting idols, living or dead: In addition to the above, I am a gigantic fan of dancers Sylvie Guillem and Suzanne Farrell. Very inspired by the brilliance and power of Patti LuPone and totally in awe of Chita Rivera.
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: Okay I have two:

The gypsy run-through of the original cast of Ragtime was pretty earth shaking! The opening number alone changed my life.

I also went to see the Jackson 5 in their "Victory tour" when I was 8 years old. Seeing Michael Jackson live on stage in his prime was incredible. I have always held him as a pinnacle of a star performance in my mind.

Music that makes you cry, any genre: I have always said I am first inspired by the music of any piece I am working on. That's where it starts for me. All music moves me, but the sound of stringed instruments cuts right to my soul.
Most played song on your iPod: Right now it's "Locked out of Heaven" by Bruno Mars followed closely by "Quarter Chicken Dark" by Goat Rodeo.
Most-visited websites:!


Last book you read: I loved "Gone Girl." Right now I am halfway through the Steve Jobs biography and I am fascinated by him…. and heartbroken that such an original is gone.
Must-see TV show(s): "Downton Abbey!" Also, "The Daily Show/Colbert Report," "American Horror Story," "The Walking Dead," "Game of Thrones," "The Newsroom"... My DVR works overtime!
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