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 Lisa Howard- the newest diva from PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, which on March 20 celebrates one year on Broadway at the Palace Theatre!
What is the first Broadway show you ever saw?
The first Broadway show I ever saw was the revival of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" starring Nathan Lane back in 1996. I was in college and it was my first visit to NYC. Everything about that trip was magical. I also saw " Sunset Boulevard" and " How to Succeed...". So fun!
What is your most unique pre-show ritual?
Hmm, my pre-show ritual is pretty standard, I think. Warm up my voice, stretch a little, make-up on, drink some warm water with honey. Oh and I usually go over the lyrics/choreography to my first number.
What is your most memorable "the show must go on" moment?
Well, in Priscilla, the first night I did the finale, I caused such a train wreck that we almost had to stop the show... Luckily, we made it through. As the divas fly in on our tree perches, one of the boys unhooks us from our safety strap. Well, mine wouldn't come loose. We have a certain amount of time to get off the tree so it can fly back up and the bus can turn and the leads can make their grand entrance for their bows. Well, none of that happened. Once they finally unhooked me from my tree, it was so late that it hit something on the way up, then the bus only turned part way, no one knew what to do. It was mayhem. People were making up choreography and bumping into each other and then we just walked off stage. It was such a hot mess. Once it was safe, we lamely walked in from either side of the stage to take our bows. I was so embarrassed. It wasn't really my fault, but boy did I feel bad. Luckily that never happened again.
What is the one role you want to play before you die?
I know this is probably a common answer, but Mama Rose in Gypsy. I can't wait to play that part.
Who is your Broadway crush?
Hugh Jackman. Sexy, charming, talented and a family man. Does it get any better?
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