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Cue and A PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Nice Work Tony Nominee Michael McGrath Michael McGrath, a 2012 Tony Award nominee for his performance in Nice Work If You Can Get It, fills out's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Michael McGrath
Michael McGrath

McGrath has previously appeared on Broadway in Born Yesterday, Memphis, Is He Dead?, Wonderful Town, Little Me, Swinging On A Star, The Goodbye Girl, My Favorite Year and Spamalot, earning Tony and Drama Desk nominations for the latter performance.

Other New York stage work includes Follies, The Boys from Syracuse, DuBarry Was A Lady, The Cocoanuts, The Butter and Egg Man, Game Show, Louisiana Purchase and Forbidden Broadway.

Full given name: Michael Joseph Patrick McGrath (pronounced McGrahhh)
Where you were born/where you were raised: Worcester, MA
Zodiac Sign: Libra
What your parents did/do for a living: Dad: car salesman. Mom: baker.
Siblings: Cops, nurses and artistic director
Special skills: Grilling
Something you're REALLY bad at: Anything that requires tools
First Broadway show you ever saw: The Wiz
If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be? The Cocoanuts
Current show you have been recommending to friends: The Book of Mormon
Some favorite modern musicals: The ones I've been in
Some favorite classic musicals: Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma!, Kiss Me, Kate, Music Man
Stage or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with: Jackie Gleason, Groucho Marx, Jack Benny
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: Len Cariou in Sweeney Todd
Most played song on your iPod: Whatever I'm rehearsing
Must-see TV show(s): "The Walking Dead"
Last good movie you saw: "The Three Stooges"
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Marty Short
Favorite cities: Boston, Chicago, Dublin
Favorite sport/team/player: Football/Pats/Wes Welker
When you first realized you could sing: The delivery room
First stage kiss George M! in high school
How you got your Equity card: 1st National Tour of The Robber Bridegroom (1978)
Favorite pre-/post- show meal: Calamari and Risotto Balls at The Glass House Tavern, and the Mussels at Angus.
Favorite liquid refreshment: A Boilermaker (Bud and Bourbon)
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: Coffee and Advil
Worst costume ever: 26-pound backpack in Spamalot
Worst job you ever had: Janitor in a high school
What research went into this role? It is at all based on or inspired by anything in particular? Old movie Mugs
If you could trade roles with anyone in the cast for a week, who would it be? Judy Kaye
First person you called/texted upon learning of your Tony nomination: My parents
Something you are incredibly proud of: My daughter Kathleen
Something you're embarrassed to admit: I really like a Whopper w/ cheese
Three things you can't live without: My family, my car, my cold one after the show
"I'll never understand why…" ... some people can be so mean.
Words of advice for aspiring performers: HONESTY, HONESTY, HONESTY!

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