PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Tony Nominee Billy Magnussen

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21 May 2013

Billy Magnussen
Billy Magnussen

Billy Magnussen, a 2013 Tony Award nominee for his performance in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, fills out's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Other theatre work includes The Ritz on Broadway and Off-Broadway stagings of VSMS (LTC) and Paper Doll.

He has appeared on screen in "Twelve," "Happy Tears," "Damsels in Distress," "2nd Serve," "Surviving Family," "The Brass Teapot," "The East," "The Lost Valentine," "Boardwalk Empire," "Blue Bloods," "Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell," "In Plain Sight," "Law & Order," "The Unusuals," "NCIS: Los Angeles," "CSI" and "As the World Turns."


Full given name: William Gregory Magnussen
Where you were born/where you were raised: Wood Haven, NY, then Cumming, GA.
Zodiac Sign:Aries/Taurus. I'm on the cusp (is that how u spell that?)
What your parents did/do for a living:Besides being the best parents in the world... my father is a carpenter, cook, coach and friend. Mother is a personal trainer and amazing adventurer.
Special skills: I play guitar in a band called Reserved for Rondee. Dancing, pig calling, pogo sticks. And AMAZING at Cards Against Humanity.
Something you're REALLY bad at: Unicycling
First Broadway show you ever saw: Was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ever on Broadway?
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? Richard Burton's Hamlet
Current or recent shows you recommended to friends: The Drawer Boy, Orphans and Matilda
Some favorite modern plays: Honestly, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Bad Jews, God of Carnage
Some favorite modern playwrights: Christopher Durang, Sam Shepard, Kenneth Lonergan
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with: Richard Burton, Gene Wilder
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: August: Osage County
Music that makes you cry, any genre: Genre doesn't matter, it really is about the story. Off the top of my head I would say "Cats in the Cradle."
Most played song on your iPod: "Brooklyn" by Reserved for Rondee
Most-visited websites:
Last book you read: "My Life as a Thief"
Must-see TV show(s): "House of Cards"
"Walking Dead"
"Breaking Bad"
"Always Sunny in Philadelphia"
Last good movie you saw: "Lady and the Tramp" at home and "Iron Man 3" in the theatre
Some films you consider classics: "Bringing Up Baby," "Dumb and Dumber" and "Citizen Kane"
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Jack White
Pop culture guilty pleasure: Pink Berry, is that still pop culture?
Three favorite cities: NYC, Paris, Iquitos, Istanbul and Chang Mai. That's 5, deal.
Favorite sport/team/player: Jets, Revis
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: Seal's self-titled album
What are some of your most memorable roles as a kid or teenager and how old were you? Captain Dogman the Rebel Ninja! My favorite fictional playground superhero character.
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