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News PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Martha Plimpton Martha Plimpton — current Tony Award nominee for her work in Tom Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia — fills out's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop culture tidbits.

Martha Plimpton
Martha Plimpton Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Full given name:
Born Martha Campbell Plimpton
Hometown: New York City
Zodiac sign: Scorpio
Audition song: "Out Here On My Own" from Fame. I used it once when I was 12 and got the gig. Still sing it sometimes. It's a great song.
Special skills: I can rewire a lamp in under five minutes.
First Broadway show ever saw: Hair. I saw it every single night for the first three years of my life. After that, I think it was Leaf People. Remember that show? OMG.
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? The original Sweeney Todd. I've seen the "Great Performances" version about 3,897 times, and it's by far my favorite musical of all time. I own the DVD, and my mother and I watch it every single year at Christmas. It's one of our holiday traditions, hilariously.
Favorite showtune: "Pretty Women" into "Epiphany" from Sweeney Todd and Bernadette Peters' version of "Everything's Coming Up Roses." I like madness in my showtunes.
MAC or PC? Oh, definitely Mac.
Most played song on your iPod: At the moment it's "Les Fleur" by Minnie Riperton with 74 plays.
One CD you couldn't live without: This week it became Wilco's "Sky Blue Sky." But there are too many. I'm musically greedy.
Must-see TV show: "The First 48"
Last good movie you saw: "Venus." It's been ages since I went to the movies, sadly.
Favorite board/card game: Scrabble
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Michael Gambon.
Pop culture guilty pleasure: "American Idol," of course. And "Judge Judy."
First stage kiss: I think it was Josh Hamilton, delightfully enough, in subUrbia.
Favorite post-show meal: At Angus [McIndoe Restaurant] after our first marathon of Utopia. That was one of the best meals of my life, for obvious reasons. I'll never forget that night.
How you got your Equity card: I think it was doing a workshop of Runaways at The Public in 1979. It was a looooooooong time ago.
Worst flubbed line: It was in The Haggadah when I was nine years old at The Public. I asked the fourth question of Passover four times in a row. I cried for the rest of the show. Hilarious.
Who have you played on "Law & Order"? Which edition? Yes! "SVU" and "CI." I got to work with Ice T in "SVU" and was nominated for an Emmy. I played a junkie; I play a lot of junkies on TV. On the other one I played a copycat serial killer. How fun is that?
Worst costume ever: The hideous 80's oversized sweatshirt, leggings and weird pink sneaker-boots I had to wear every single day for five months while filming "The Goonies." I wish I could've burned it when it was over.
Favorite cereal: Cheerios! with strawberries on top.
Who would play you in the movie? Can I do it? I could use the bread.
Worst job you ever had: Oh, let's not. I've been very fortunate, however, in that I can say I've never had to have a civilian gig in my life so far. For that I am immensely grateful.
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