PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Jekyll & Hyde's Teal Wicks

By Matthew Blank
April 23, 2013

Teal Wicks, who plays Emma Carew in the new Broadway revival of Jekyll & Hyde, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.



Wicks was last seen on Broadway as Elphaba in Wicked.

Other theatre work includes Maria in The Blue Flower (Second Stage), Stairway to Paradise (Encores!), Fahrenheit 451 (59E59), Wicked (Los Angeles and San Francisco), Carousel, 1776 and Pippin (Goodspeed).





Full given name: Teal Eileen Wicks
Where you were born/where you were raised: Sacramento, CA
Zodiac Sign:Virgo
What your parents did/do for a living:Both are technically retired, but my mom worked in marketing and PR for lots of different CA tourism companies, and my dad was a project manager for the construction and maintenance of buildings.
Siblings:Only child for most of my life. Now I have 2 step sisters.
Current audition song/monologue:Hmmm... mostly I sing from the show I'm going in for, but I'm always excited to sing "Up to the Mountain" or "I Never Has Seen Snow." I am terrible with monologues, but at one time I used a Jack Handy "deep thoughts" as my monologue.
Special skills: Typing all this on my iPhone? (Please excuse any typos)
Something you're REALLY bad at: Talking on the phone, managing money, and bowling
First Broadway show you ever saw: The original Ragtime
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? The original West Side Story
Current show other than your own you have been recommending to friends: There's so many I haven't seen!! Once rocked my world though, so yeah, that one.
Favorite showtune(s) of all time: "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd," "Cool" from West Side Story, "Sunday" from Sunday in the Park with George
Some favorite modern musicals: The Wild Party, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, Little Shop of Horrors, Rent, Floyd Collins
Some favorite classic musicals: Carousel, Cabaret, West Side Story, Annie, My Fair Lady
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with: Gene Kelly, Paul Newman, Judy Holliday
Your personal vocal idols, living or dead: Janis Joplin, Sarah Vaughn, Patsy Cline, Patty Griffin, Julie Andrews, Audra McDonald, Robert Plant, Otis Redding
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: It's a tie between Wilco at the Greek in Berkeley or Radiohead at the Hollywood Bowl.
Music that makes you cry, any genre: Patty Griffin, Damien Rice, Jeff Buckley
MAC or PC? Apple
Most played song on your iPod: Probably one of my voice lessons... next is probably Patty Griffin's "Forgiveness"
Most-visited websites: I wish I could say it's some super insightful site, but Netflix and Facebook dominate.
Last book you read: I'm deep in the "Game of Thrones" series right now, but I recently read and can't wait to re-read "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay."
Must-see TV show(s): "Mad Men"
"American Horror Story"
"Downton Abbey"
"Friday Night Lights"
"Chelsea Lately"
Last good movie you saw: "Moonrise Kingdom"
Some films you consider classics: I love movies, way too many to list! But "Annie" started it all for me.
Performer you would drop everything to go see: My boy Tom
Pop culture guilty pleasure: E! Fashion Police
Three favorite cities: San Francisco, Paris, NYC
Favorite sport/team/player: nope
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: Pretty sure it was Boyz II Men
What are some of your most memorable roles as a kid or teenager and how old were you? Playing Aunt Abbey in my high school's production of Arsenic and Old Lace. I went to town with my old age makeup.
First stage kiss: It was actually in college doing a scene from The Desert Song in my musical theater class. I was late to the stage kissing experience. I don't think I told anyone, but I bet some of my classmates are reading this now- Hah!
Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: My first bow in my first community theatre show
How you got your Equity card: Playing Catherine in Pippin at Goodspeed
Favorite pre-/post- show meal: Pre: anything from Green Symphony.

Post: apples and peanut butter at home

Favorite liquid refreshment: Coffee!!
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: Coffee!! I have a variety of vocal warmups, and I try to stretch a little and roll out on my foam roller.
Most challenging role you have ever played: Elphaba
Craziest audition story: I was in my final round of auditions for Wicked while I was doing 1776 in Connecticut. I rented a car for a week so I could drive back and forth from CT to NY for my callbacks in the day and shows at night.
What has been the biggest challenge about this project? Belting in a corset
What has been the most fun or fulfilling aspect? This cast is pretty cool! Such an interesting mix of folks and they're awesome.
What was your relationship with Wildhorn's work beforehand? I saw the national tour of The Scarlet Pimpernel and LOVED it! I had pretty much the whole score memorized.
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: When I did Pippin, we had some aerial silk choreography for the "With You" number. I had a silk hammock and I would walk on stage with it draped around me and then clip it into this pick that would fly in on stage and then fly Pippin and myself up, and we would do our aerial choreography.

One night right before I enter, the pick gets stuck and cannot fly in. So I enter without my silk. Pippin has no idea because he's been singing his song. I have no idea what to do so I just make up a terrible interpretive dance with him that was very similar to the Romy and Michelle's "Time After Time" dance. I. Was. Mortified.

Worst costume ever: It was a beautiful gown, but running all over stage and up and down stairs in Elphaba's second act gown was a challenge!
Worst job you ever had: Working the front desk of a law firm. Just long and slow.
If you could trade roles with anyone in the cast for a week, who would it be? David Benoit. He gets to take an onstage nap for the first 15 min of the second act!
Leading lady role you've been dying to play: Queenie in The Wild Party and Dot in Sunday in the Park with George.
Leading man role you'd like a shot at: Hedwig and Sweeney Todd
Something about you that surprises people: I burp a lot.
Something you are incredibly proud of: My family and friends. I am surrounded by smart, strong, considerate and hilarious people.
Something you're embarrassed to admit: I've been trying to play the guitar for 7 years.
Career you would want if not a performer: National park ranger or professional snowboarder
Three things you can't live without: Nature, music, laughter
"I'll never understand why…" … war is justified.
Words of advice for aspiring performers: Be kind and respectful to everyone. And if you're not having fun anymore, then it may be time to reconsider why you're doing it.