PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Michael Boatman

Cue and A   PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Michael Boatman
Michael Boatman — who co-stars in the Roundabout Theatre Company's Off-Broadway run of Tin Pan Alley Rag — fills out's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop culture tidbits.
Michael Boatman
Michael Boatman

Full given name: Michael Eugene Patrick Boatman. (Yup...Eugene)
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Audition monologue: My favorite is Oberon's first monologue from A Midsummer Night's Dream
Special skills: Running unsupported over large swaths of cabbage. Bouncing off the walls of my mind.
First Broadway show ever saw: Sweeney Todd, with Len Cariou and Angela Lansbury
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me
Favorite show tune: "Lothlorien," from the British stage production of The Lord of the Rings.
MAC or PC? PC...I love my viruses.
Most played song on your iPod: A Brazilian samba called "Nacao." I call it "the happiest song ever written" and defy even the most depressive cynic to remain depressed after hearing it.
Web obsession: Twitter. For God's sake, stop me from Tweeting!
Last book you read: "The Graveyard Book," by Neil Gaiman
Must-see TV show: "I Survived..." on the Biography Channel. Horrific stories of human survival against enormous odds. Guaranteed to elicit tears, screams of horror and awe at the toughness of the human spirit.
Favorite card game: Spider Solitaire...when the viruses haven't logjammed my laptop.
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Ella Fitzgerald, James Taylor, James Brown
Pop culture guilty pleasure: "The Revenant Road," a sizzling rollercoaster of a novel, filled with passion, drama, alcoholic superviolence, meaningless sex... and redemption. (I know because I wrote it. Available at!)
First stage kiss: Do casting directors count?'s all a blur.
Favorite pre-show meal: I eat during the show: I chew as much scenery as I can.
How you got your Equity card: My first Off-Broadway show was called Tiny Mommy, at Playwrights Horizons, back in the late 1860s.
Worst onstage mishap: The time I fell through a trap door during a college production of Hair. I was Hud, dancing and singing my afro off, literally. My wig fell over my eyes, and I blundered into a wall, bounced off and dropped through the trap front of an audience filled with Hell's Angels. I survived.
Who have you played on "Law & Order"? Which edition? I've appeared as Attorney Dave Seaver on "Law & Order" and on "Law & Order S.V.U." I've also recently filmed a spec pilot for a proposed spin-off I'm calling "Law & Odor: Criminal Hygiene Unit." No word yet from Dick Wolf and co., but I'm optimistic.
Pets' names: "Breakfast," "Lunch" and "Dinner"
Favorite junk food: See above.
Who would play you in the movie? The actor hasn't been born who could do the role justice.
Worst job you ever had: Telemarketer for a newspaper no one wanted. I worked one shift then ran all the way home and hid until the demons stopped laughing.
TV or commercial gig you most enjoyed: I loved my time on "Spin City," laughed hard every single day.
Leading lady/man role you've been dying to play Iago in Othello...tricky right?
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