PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Arcadia's Noah Robbins

By Matthew Blank
April 12, 2011

Noah Robbins, currently playing the joint roles of Gus and Augustus Coverley in the Broadway revival of Arcadia, fills out's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Robbins made his Broadway debut as Eugene in the 2009 revival of Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs. He was nominated for a Clive Barnes Award for his recent performance in Jonathan Tolins' Secrets of the Trade at Primary Stages.

Full given name: Noah Gabriel Danoff Robbins
Hometown: Potomac, Maryland
Zodiac Sign: Libra
What your parents do for a living: Mom is a writer and film documentarian, and Dad is a lawyer.
Current audition song/monologue: The opening scene of "8 Mile"
Special skills: Beat-boxing
Something you're REALLY bad at: Iíve lost the ability to throw a Frisbee. I used to be able to, but now I canít. Itís depressing.

First Broadway show you ever saw: Probably Cats.

If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be? A Streetcar Named Desire
Current show you have been recommending to friends: Arcadia!!!
Favorite showtune of all time: "Master of the House"
Some favorite musicals: Les Miserables
In the Heights
Sweeney Todd

Also, if Arcadia were a musical, that would be my favorite, too.

Favorite contemporary plays: The Pillowman
And, oh yes, Arcadia
Some actors you admire: Everyone in the cast of Arcadia. Also, Anthony Hopkins, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman.
Stage or screen star of the past you would most love to have performed with: Donald OíConnor
Most played song on your iPod: "The Modern Leper" by Frightened Rabbit. Iím a hipster.
Most-visited websites: Facebook. Speaking of which, Iím gonna check mine. Okay, Iím back.
Favorite YouTube video: "Drinking Out of Cups"
Last book you read: "Essays" by Michel de Montaigne, although I wouldnít say I read it.
Must-see TV shows: "Breaking Bad"
"The Simpsons"
Arcadia. That doesnít really apply, but whatever.
Last good movie you saw: I watched "The Dark Knight" for the 57th time the other day. That was pretty awesome.
Funniest movies of all time: "Ghostbusters"
"Groundhog Day"
"Wet Hot American Summer"
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Geoffrey Rush
Pop culture guilty pleasure: "Real Housewives of New Jersey"
Three favorite cities: New York, The Big Apple, and The City That Never Sleeps
Favorite team: San Francisco Giants. WE WON!
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: A mix that my brother made for me, which included, among other things, "Blue" by Eiffel 65.
First memory performing for an audience: As the Scarecrow in my elementary school production of The Wizard of Maryland, a take-off on The Wizard of Oz. It was epic.
First stage kiss: None as of yet. Gotta get on that.
Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: As a dwarf in a Snow White adaptation at the Kennedy Center.
How you got your Equity card: Brighton Beach Memoirs, 2009.
Favorite pre-show meal: A big bowl of mac and cheese, homemade.
Favorite liquid refreshment: Mountain Dew
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: Walking around and annoying the other cast members.
Who would play you in the movie? Definitely Christoph Waltz.
Leading man role you've been dying to play: Will Hunting in "Good Will Hunting"
Career you would want if not a performer: Teacher
Three things you can't live without: Sleep, Froot Loops, and sleep.
Something about you that surprises people: My good looks
"I'll never understand whyÖ" ... the real housewives can't all get along.