PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Tovah Feldshuh

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05 May 2009

Tovah Feldshuh
Tovah Feldshuh

Tovah Feldshuh — who stars in Broadway's Irena's Vow — fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop culture tidbits.




Full given name: Terri Sue Feldshuh
Hometown: Scarsdale, NY
Zodiac sign: Capricorn
Audition song: "Pink Taffeta Sample Size 10" by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields
Special skills: Cartwheel, five languages (English, French, Spanish, Italian, Hebrew), piano, horseback riding and girls soccer coach (ages 5-10)
First Broadway show ever saw: Damn Yankees starring Gwen Verdon
Favorite show tune: In honor of my parents, anything by Irving Berlin. I still cry when I am asked to sing "God Bless America" and in first grade at the Quaker Ridge School, to test our musicality, I chose to sing "White Christmas" to Mr. Davies, our music teacher.
MAC or PC? PC
Most played song on your iPod: My vocal warmup from Dr. Lucille Rubin and voice teacher Kim Stern, plus anything musical I am currently working on (i.e. from Tovah: Out Of Her Mind!)
One CD you couldn't live without: "Gershwin Plays Gershwin," the early Streisand albums, Jersey Boys Original Cast Recording
Last book you read: "Strokes of Existence" by Mari Gorman which connects acting to uncharted realms of real life.
Must-see TV show: "The Tudors" and "Big Love" (one man, lots of wives—not my thing, but happy to watch). Also, "60 Minutes."
Last good movie you saw: "Milk" and "The Reader"
Performer you would drop everything to go see: In my early years, Irene Worth; Today - Philip Seymour Hoffman, Denis O'Hare, Meryl Streep, Joan Allen, among others; also, anything directed by Jack O'Brien or Scott Schwartz.
Pop culture guilty pleasure: People magazine
First stage kiss: Little Mary Sunshine and Death Takes a Holiday at National Music Camp, Interlochen, MI.
Favorite pre-/post-show meal: I try never to eat anything remotely unhealthy before a show. Post-show: Eleven Madison, Orso, or Sardi's, where I also try to never eat anything unhealthy. I am constantly walking around with baggies of any "unlimited" vegetable.
How you got your Equity card: As a McKnight Fellow at the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
Worst onstage mishap: Theatre by the Sea, Matunuck, RI – as Sophie in Star Spangled Girl by Neil Simon – during a quick change, for some reason done onstage – the lights came on too soon. I leave the rest to your imagination.
Who have you played on "Law & Order"? Which edition? I have played the continuing role of Defense Attorney Danielle Melnick for 13 seasons (Emmy nominated 2005)
Worst costume ever: My most unsightly: dressed as a homeless person living in a refrigerator box on a New York City sidewalk for "The Cosby Mysteries." But the truth is, I would not dub any costume I wear the "worst costume," because they clothe the characters I love to play.
Cats or dogs? Cats. I had cats (Rusty I and Rusty II) as a child. We also had a horse, Wildwood King.
Favorite cereal: Honey Nut Cheerios, but only when I indulge myself—usually it's plain Cheerios with half a banana.
Who would play you in the movie? I would be honored and flattered if Keri Russell played me in a movie, because we have the same heart-shaped face. I think she's a wonderful talent.
Worst job you ever had: Equity deputy. All that paperwork and I didn't even get a badge!
TV or commercial gig you most enjoyed: Commercial gig: Juggling bowls full of food wrapped in Handi-Wrap. TV gig: playing Katharine Hepburn opposite Tommy Lee Jones in "The Amazing Howard Hughes." Both jobs brought me an invitation onto national talk shows.
Leading lady role you've been dying to play Any of the monarchs and Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw. I now weigh what I weighed in 9th grade – 114 lbs., and I am running around Irena's Vow pretending I am 17, so I live in hope. Every day, you must ask yourself, "What age would you be if you did not know the age you are?"