PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: American Idiot and Baby It's You! Star Christina Sajous

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Christina Sajous, currently starring as Shirley in the Broadway production of Baby It's You!, fills out's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Christina Sajous
Christina Sajous

Sajous made her Broadway debut originating the role of the Extraordinary Girl in Green Day's American Idiot.

Other theatre work includes King Lear at Classical Theatre of Harlem, The Who's Tommy at Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Aida at Artpark and the national tour of Rent.

Full given name: Christina Sajous
Where you were born/where you were raised: I am a native New Yorker! Raised in the Bronx and Manhattan.
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
What your parents did/do for a living: My mother is a Sergeant First Class of the US Army Reserves.
Special skills: I can ride a mean unicycle.
Something you're REALLY bad at: I'm clumsy! Walking in a straight line is a tedious task for me.
First Broadway show you ever saw: I was 3 years old when I saw the play Checkmates (1988), starring Ruby Dee and Denzel Washington.
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? I wish I was born early enough to experience Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire.
Favorite showtune of all time: The triumphant "And I Am Telling You" from Dreamgirls.
Some favorite musicals: Little Shop of Horrors, The Threepenny Opera, Chicago, Rent and Carmen Jones.
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with: Sir Laurence Olivier
Your personal vocal idols, living or dead Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Jackson, Frankie Lymon, Sam Cooke, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Axl Rose, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight and Bob Marley. Their vocals have all inspired me!
One performance - attended - that you will never forget: John Leguizamo’s Sexaholix was outrageously funny. He tickles every bone in my body.
Music that makes you cry, any genre: Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me"
Most played song on your iPod: "Hey Jude" by the Beatles
Most-visited websites:
Last book you read: Jay-Z’s "Decoded"
Must-see TV shows: "Intervention" and "Snapped"
Last good movie you saw: "The Help" and "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"
Some films you consider classics: "Imitation of Life"
"Whatever Happened to Baby Jane"
"Mommie Dearest"
"Five Heartbeats"
"Coming to America"
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Tina Turner
Pop culture guilty pleasure: "Jersey Shore"
"Real Housewives of Atlanta"
"Basketball Wives"
Favorite cities: Amsterdam, Tokyo and London
Favorite sport/team/player: The 2011 NBA playoffs between the Heat and Mavericks renewed my love for basketball.
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: TLC's "Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip"
Favorite non-theatre musicians/bands/groups: The Beatles, En Vogue, Kings of Leon, Boyz 2 Men, Green Day, The Who, Queen and The Temptations
When did you first realize you could sing? Age 5. I discovered I could carry a tune when I sang "Bad" by Michael Jackson.
Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: Age 2, I had a 30-second appearance as Glinda for my brother’s middle school production of the Wizard of Oz.


Although I was making up my dialogue because I couldn’t remember the lines to save my life, I knew I loved performing in front of an audience.

How you got your Equity card: The Artpark production of Aida
Favorite pre-/post- show meal: I love anything and everything from Green Symphony (255 West 43rd Street). The owner Jay is my pre-show theatre apothecary.
Favorite liquid refreshment: I love beet juice!
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: I do my vocal warm-ups in the shower before leaving my apartment.
Most vocally challenging role you have ever played: The Extraordinary Girl in American Idiot. Imagine being attached to a harness by the hip, 30 feet in the air, belting and spinning at full speed. I miss the good ol’ days.
Favorite Shirelles tune of all time: "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?"
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: In Baby It's You! I sing the song "“Big John." One time I replaced the line "folks know you jilted me and I'll be ashamed to show my face" with "folks see my akamee and I be bane to sow my face!"
Who would play you in the movie? Whitney Houston
One person who would have you totally starstruck if you saw them on the street: Tina Turner. Yes, I have mentioned her 3 times. I clearly love her.
Most memorable stage door/onstage experience at American Idiot: My closing night performance of American Idiot was the most memorable, emotional, loving and rewarding experience of my life.
Most memorable stage door/onstage experience at Baby it's You!: At the stage door, there was a couple that met during the Vietnam War. He was a soldier and she was his nurse. Inspired by the Shirelles' hit, she called him her "Soldier Boy."
Leading lady role you've been dying to play: Velma Kelly in Chicago
Leading man role you wish you could play: Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire
Something about you that surprises people: I am currently dating my middle school boyfriend.
Career you would want if not a performer: Columnist for Vogue magazine
Three things you can't live without: Monopoly, sushi and coconut water
"I'll never understand why..." ... stores that claim to be open 24/7 have locks on them.
Words of wisdom for aspiring performers? Your breaking point is your making point! Never give up!
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