PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Audra McDonald

Cue and A   PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald — who just received a Tony nomination for her performance in the Broadway revival of 110 in the Shade — fills out's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop culture tidbits.
Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald

Full given name: Audra Ann McDonald
Hometown: Fresno, CA
Zodiac sign: Cancer
Audition song: "When Did I Fall in Love" by Bock and Harnick
Monologue you can recite from memory: Juliet's "Farewell God knows when we shall meet again…" monologue. Learned it in 7th grade drama class.
First Broadway show ever saw: The Phantom of the Opera
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? Funny Girl
Favorite showtune: It is always changing, but right now it is "A Little Priest" from Sweeney Todd.
Most played song on your iPod: "Got to Get You Into My Life" by Earth, Wind & Fire
One CD you couldn't live without: "Beyond the Missouri Sky" by Charlie Haden and Pat Metheny. It was playing in the hospital when my child was born.
Last book you read: "Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert
Must-see TV show: "Arrested Development" (sadly off the air now)
Last good movie you saw: "Children of Men" - sooooo depressing but great nonetheless.
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Judy Garland (a little difficult to do I realize); performer still living: Barbra Streisand
Pop culture guilty pleasure: Trash gossip magazines: People, Us, Life&Style, etc.
First stage kiss: I would rather share my first screen kiss because it is just so crazy…Anthony Quinn. He was about 80 years old at the time. He kept telling me to open my mouth more!
Pre-show rituals: Four yoga sun salutations, vocal warm up, sit quietly for a minute with my pics of Dad, Nana, and Lovette George.
Worst missed cue: Fell asleep in a dressing room during the tour of The Secret Garden…woke up as my scene was happening on stage.
Who have you played on "Law & Order"? Which edition? "Special Victims Unit"…psychologist Audrey Jackson
Special skills: None…well…I can touch the bottom of my nose with my tongue.
Cats or dogs? Dogs!!!!
Who would play you in the movie? My sister Alison.
Worst job you ever had: I've actually loved all of my jobs. The only one I didn't love (working at McDonald's) I quit on the first day.
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