Karen Ziemba — who stars in the Broadway musical Curtains — fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop culture tidbits.
|Full given name:
|St. Joseph, Michigan, but raised outside Detroit. Go Tigers!
|I don't have just one audition song anymore. My very first audition song was a little Martha Raye ditty called "Mama That Moon Is Here Again."
|I'll try anything once, at least on stage.
|First Broadway show ever saw:
|A Little Night Music
|If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be?
|The original Follies
|MAC or PC?
|Most played song on your iPod:
|Anything by Chris Botti on his trumpet.
|One CD you couldn't live without:
|"Rodgers & Hammerstein's Overtures" by Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
|Last book you read:
|"The Pursuit of Happyness" by Chris Gardner
|Must-see TV show:
|"Six Feet Under" and "Brothers & Sisters"
|Last good movie you saw:
|"The Lives of Others"
|Favorite card game:
|Performer you would drop everything to go see:
|If they were still alive, Judy Garland and Sammy Davis Jr.
|Pop culture guilty pleasure:
|My guilty pleasure is shoe shopping, but it's been "Pop" for centuries. Does that count?
|First stage kiss:
|My first stage kiss was in high school playing Maria in West Side Story, but the first Broadway kiss was Jerry Orbach in the original production of 42nd Street.
|Favorite pre-show meal:
|A California roll from the sushi bar at Kodama on West 45th Street.
|How you got your Equity card:
|My Fair Lady at the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, MA.
|Worst onstage mishap:
|I slipped and fell on my ass during the curtain call in Babes in Arms, directed by Ginger Rogers. Well, that's what happens when you run in tap shoes!
|Who have you played on "Law & Order"? Which edition?
|On the original "L&O," I played a forensics cop opposite my former leading man, Jerry Orbach. On "L&O: Criminal Intent," I played the lover of a murderous doctor played by Kevin Tighe. On "L&O: SVU," I played Brian Dennehy's physician.
|Worst costume ever:
|I played the front end of an elephant in a local ballet production called Circus. Other than that I've been really lucky with my costumes.
|Worst job you ever had:
|Even when I waitressed, I had a pretty good time. Of course, that was in an ice cream parlor! Not to sound too sugary, I always try to find something enjoyable, or at least life-affirming, in everything I do - on stage and off; otherwise I would go crazy!
|If you could star in any musical revival, which would it be?
|I'd rather do something new but, as Encores! is the best at doing revivals, I'd love to play Leona in Do I Hear a Waltz? for them.