PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Touring Evita Star Sean MacLaughlin

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03 Dec 2013

Sean MacLaughlin
Sean MacLaughlin

Sean MacLaughlin, who stars as Juan Peron in the touring production of Evita, fills out's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

MacLaughlin has appeared on Broadway in The Phantom of the Opera (Raoul), Bombay Dreams, The Woman In White and Lestat.

Other stage work includes Tut, Requiem for William, The Audience, Baby: In Concert, Camelot (Lancelot), The Rainmaker (Starbuck), The Rink (Dino), Floyd Collins (Homer), Violet (Monty) and Merrily We Roll Along.


Full given name: Timothy Sean MacLaughlin
Where you were born/where you were raised: Petersburg, Virginia
Zodiac Sign:Sagittarius
What your parents did/do for a living: Mother: Middle school teacher and author. Father: Military Analyst. By night they run Limelight Talent Theatre School.
Siblings:Two brothers. Francis (younger) procures art for Capital One. Matthew (older) is Chief of Technology Integration at Fort Lee, VA.
Current Audition Song: It changes. Always fall back on "Anytime" by William Finn.
If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be? The original cast of Carousel on opening night. I'd love to see the differences in the business between then and now.
Current show other than your own you have been recommending to friends: Kinky Boots. Because I am dying to see it and want to live vicariously through my friends.
Favorite showtune(s) of all time: "Gethsemane"- Jesus Christ Superstar
"On My Way"- Violet
"You Should Be Loved"- Side Show
"No More"- Into the Woods
"We Do Not Belong Together"- Sunday in the Park With George
"How Glory Goes"- Floyd Collins
"Our Time"- Merrily We Roll Along
"Soliloquy"- Carousel

I could keep going- but those are some of my tops.

Some favorite modern musicals: A New Brain, Side Show, Violet, Floyd Collins, In the Heights, The Last 5 Years, Company, The Rink, Seussical, anything William Finn or Sondheim, Jesus Christ Superstar- and of course- Evita.
Some favorite classic musicals: 1776
Carousel, South Pacific, 110 in the Shade, Brigadoon
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with: Carl Anderson, Gene Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Orson Wells
Your personal vocal idols, living or dead: Norm Lewis, Philip Quast, Anthony Warlow
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: Sunday in the Park With George at the Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration. I had never seen that show before and did not know what to expect. The marriage of Eric Schaeffer's direction, the design and Sondheim's masterpiece were absolute brilliance. Simple and powerful.
Music that makes you cry, any genre: Musical theatre... and Harry Chapin music.
MAC or PC? MAC. 3-year anniversary this year.
Most played song on your iPod: "California" by Delta Spirit
Most-visited websites: Playbill,, avid Google browser and anything pop culture
Last book you read: "Peron: A Biography"
Must-see TV show(s): "Regular Show"
"Adventure Time"
"Breaking Bad"
"Orange Is the New Black"
"Family Guy"
"Game of Thrones"
"Bob's Burgers"
Last good movie you saw: "Ted"
Some films you consider classics: The Godfather Trilogy, "Sleepless in Seattle," "The Dark Crystal," "The Muppet Movie," Indiana Jones Trilogy, The Original Star Wars Trilogy, "The Audition," "Evil Dead," "Night of the Living Dead," and I can keep going.
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Seth MacFarlane
Pop culture guilty pleasure: I am a huge comic book and toy collector, so you can see me around the country fleecing comic book shops and Toys R Us. I am also known to hit every Comic Con whenever there is one in a city.

However, as much as I am a huge fan of The Amazing Spider-Man, I will never don his garb for any convention.

Three favorite cities: Los Angeles, Tempe, San Antonio
Favorite sport/team/player: NY YANKEES!!
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: The "Ghostbusters" soundtrack cassette is the first.
First stage kiss: Debra Wagoner in Violet
Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: The role of Sasha the dancing Russian while watching my father kick serious buns as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof.
Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: The moment that I learned people get paid to make out. That was 4 years old watching soap operas. I wanted to do that.
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