Full given name: Daniel Michael Ippolito Spagnuolo (Yes, I'm Italian)
Where you were born/where you were raised: Lansing, MI
Your position within the Godspell production team? Choreographer
What does that mean/what do you do? I try to have the musical numbers tell a story while hiding when we move furniture.
What's surprised you most about Godspell's rehearsal process so far? Our cast. The energy they bring to this work inspires me to create for them everyday. They rock!!!
Something you're REALLY bad at: Not talking with my hands. Avoiding carbohydrates.
Current local show you have been recommending to friends: It was The Great American Trailer Park Musical but it's already closed. It was hilarious. In addition to our show, I'm really excited to go see Bailiwick's Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Chicago Shakespeare's Sunday in the Park with George, and 42nd Street at Theatre at the Center.
Favorite Chicago neighborhood: East Lakeview
Favorite musical: 1. West Side Story 2. Assassins 3. The Secret Garden
Favorite play: "Master Harold" ... and the boys by Athol Fugard
You personal idols: As a choreographer, George Balanchine. As a singer, Pavarotti. As an actor, Meryl Streep.
MAC or PC? PC.
Most played song on your iPod: You kids and your iPods.
Must-see TV show(s): Community, Happy Endings, 30 Rock
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Audra McDonald
Pop culture guilty pleasure: Facebook and I have a really unhealthy relationship.
Three favorite cities: Chicago, Washington, D.C., Boston
"I'll never understand why…" People wait until the last minute to find an apartment in Chicago in the summer. Trust me, this is a bad idea!
See Daniel's stamp on The Brown Paper Box Co.'s production of GODSPELL September 20 - October 7, 2012 at Collaboraction Studio 300 in the Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 North Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. For tickets and additional information, visit brownpaperbox.org.
Full given name: Michelle 'Ma Belle' Alejandra Limon
Song: "O Bless the Lord, My Soul"
Where you were born/where you were raised: SouthWest Side of Chicago
Special skills: I can do a pretty awesome back bend and walk around like it's normal (Creepy? Yeah...sorry).
Something you're REALLY bad at: Whistling
Did you have any particular mentors or inspirations as a young actor? My Dad was a musician back in the day. He's kind of the reason for everything.
Favorite Chicago neighborhood: I'm bias because I just moved into Logan Square, so I'm kind of in love.
Favorite show tunes of all time: "Shine" from The Spitfire Grill and ALL of the music from In The Heights.
Favorite play: Marisol and Buried Child
MAC or PC? I never discuss Politics or Religion...or MAC/PC's in polite company.
Most played song on your iPod: "Good Time" by Owl City and Carley Rae Jeppson
Must-see TV show(s): Breaking Bad
Last good movie you saw: The Muppet Movie
Three favorite cities: Mexico City, Guatemala City, and Paris
First stage kiss: A lady doesn't kiss and tell....
Most Challenging Role ever played on stage: Dorine in Taruffe. She's just so sassy!
Three things you can't live without: Music, trees, and Nutella.
"I'll never understand why…": People just don't stop and listen, breathe, see, and love more.
See Michelle in The Brown Paper Box Co.'s production of GODSPELL September 20 - October 7, 2012 at Collaboraction Studio 300 in the Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 North Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. For tickets and additional information, visit brownpaperbox.org.
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