PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: War Horse Star Andrew Durand

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04 Dec 2012

Andrew Durand
Andrew Durand

Andrew Durand, who stars as Albert Narracott in the Broadway production of War Horse, fills out's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Other theatre credits include Spring Awakening (Broadway), The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (West End), The Burnt Part Boys (Vineyard Theatre, Playwrights Horizons), Yank! (York Theatre) and The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown (Goodspeed).

He has a BFA from the Boston Conservatory.


Full given name: Andrew Christopher Durand
Where you were born/where you were raised: I was born in Marietta, Georgia. I was raised in Georgia til I left for college. Apart from one year when we lived in Washington state.
Zodiac Sign:I am on the cusp of Capricorn and Aquarius. I definitely have traits of both.
What your parents did/do for a living:My dad was a business man. He managed the sales of dry wall and paper products for the company Georgia Pacific.

If you look on those little automatic paper towel dispensers, they will have a little triangle on them with a "GP" in the middle. That's my dad.

My mom was a "stay at home" until she got bored and came to be a lunch lady at me and my sister's middle school. Having your mom as your one of your lunch ladies was the coolest. I always got free slushes for my friends and I.

Siblings:I have a little sister named Mary. She is a hair stylist in Georgia where we grew up. She just got engaged and will be getting married in about a year. She is the coolest little sister ever.
Current audition song/monologue: I sing "Jessie's Girl" for a lot of auditions. Sang it at my college showcase as well. Usually goes over pretty well.
Something you're REALLY bad at: Dancing and math. Yuck.
First Broadway show you ever saw: I think it was Hairspray.
Did you have any particular mentors or inspirations when first starting out? I had so many amazing mentors growing up in theater. That's what is so wonderful about a good community theater.

The sense of community, family, and the joy of playing within a world of characters and situations was so inspiring, and is still what keeps me intrigued in theater.

Current or recent shows you recommended to friends: One Man, Two Guvnors
Peter and the Starcatcher
Favorite showtune(s) of all time: Sondheim is pretty awesome. I also really like the music in Pippin and Little Shop of Horrors.
Some favorite musicals: Ha! Pippin and Little Shop of Horrors and The Burnt Part Boys!
Your personal vocal or acting idols, living or dead: Daniel Day Lewis, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey, Mick Jagger, Freddie Mercury… to name a few.
Most played song on your iPod: "Feathers" by Coheed and Cambria
Last book you read: "Gypsy Boy" by Mikey Walsh
Last good movie you saw: The last movie I saw in theaters was "Paranorman" and I thought it was pretty awesome.
Pop culture guilty pleasure: Ha if we're talking "guilty," then probably Beyonce or Ke$ha. Also "Jersey Shore" and "Flavor of Love." Flava Flaaaaave!!
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