Welcome to THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As With Your Favorite Broadway Stars. Want to know what hooked them to a career in the theater? Their dream roles? Their Broadway crushes? Read on!
In this next edition, we caught up with Tony nominee Elizabeth A. Davis, who is starring as 'Réza' in ONCE- currently playing at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre!
What is the first Broadway show you ever saw?
My first Broadway show was "Thoroughly Modern Millie." I sat in the nose bleeds and progressively got more and more depressed as I watched Sutton Foster sing "Not for the Life of Me." This is what I wanted to do with my life, but I had no idea how it was ever going to become a reality. The happy ending? Anne Nathan inspired me with her tap dancing in "Millie" then; now, she's my bestie in "ONCE."
What is your most unique pre-show ritual?
There are a smattering of country fiddle songs that I sometimes simultaneously dance to, Kreutzer violin arpeggios I play, and vocal coach, Liz Caplan, warm ups I do. Also, fellow fiddler Erikka Walsh and I discovered we can hear "Phantom's" 'Christine' rocking her high E warm ups through our dressing room wall, so for kicks we sometimes try to sing along when putting on make up.
What is your most memorable "the show must go on" moment?
I had a small violinist role in a production of "She Loves Me" in college. It was the finale, I believe, and everyone was coming back on stage. The guy playing 'Arpad' had this schtick, twirling a cane. Suddenly everyone sees the cane go flying into the orchestra pit, all but nearly decapitating the conductor. No one on stage could keep it together and the orchestra was so stunned and confused that it took a measure or two to regain composure. The cane and the conductor were ultimately fine. That moment in the show, however, was never quite the same.
What is the one role you want to play before you die?
Dead heat between "Pygmalion's" Eliza Doolittle and "A Streetcar Named Desire's" Blanche DuBois.
Who is your Broadway crush?
Joel Grey. That man's adorable & über talented.
Where can people stalk you on the web?
Find me on twitter @elizabetadavis or at www.elizabethadavis.com.