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Arnie Burton is an award winning actor with impeccable comedic timing! He starred in “The 39 Steps” on Broadway and was most recently seen in the Off-Broadway hit “The Tempermentals” for which he won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance. His other New York credits include: “Mere Mortals” (Primary Stages, J. Houseman Theater), “The Last Sunday in June (Rattlestick, Century Theater), “The Jew of Malta/The Merchant of Venice” (Theater for a New Audience), and “The Venetian Twins,”and “The Cherry Orchard” (Pearl Theater). Arnie delighted London audiences in “The Merchant of Venice” (Royal Shakespeare Company), while regional audiences have seen him in productions of “The Seagull” and “The Taming of the Shrew” (Old Globe), “All in the Timing” (Geffen Playhouse), and “I Am My Own Wife” (St. Louis Rep) where Arnie won the Kevin Kline Award for Best Actor. Film and television viewers will recognize Arnie from “Frasier,” “Hope & Faith,” “L&O,” “Caroline in the City,” “White Collar,” “Life on Mars,” “Six Degrees,” “Sister, Sister,” “The Invention of Lying,” “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee,” “Game 6,” and “Igby Goes Down.” Currently, Arnie can be seen dancing up a storm in the Off-Broadway show “Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party” at Theatre Row  (410 West 42nd Street, NYC 10036) through September 5.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Mr. Magoo. When I saw Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol in which Magoo was a big Broadway star doing his hit version of A Christmas Carol. I was 4 and living in Idaho but from then on I wanted to go to Broadway.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Living: Vanessa Redgrave  Dead: Elia Kazan

3. What has been your most embarrassing on-stage experience? I forgot my lines during a speech in “The 39 Steps.” Went totally blank. I just kept me mouth moving, and started channeling dialogue from the movie of “39 Steps” that I didn’t even know I knew.

4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I can put my fist in my mouth.

5. Favorite way to stay in shape? Yoga, Gym, walking everywhere in NYC.

6. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs.

7. Favorite way to spend your day off? Easy, a burger at 5 Guys and sitting by the river.

8. Books or Magazines? Both, I always have to have a book going and I love my New Yorker and New York Magazine.

9. Favorite website? Cnn.com, Playbill.com, Dailybeast.com

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Superman (for reasons known only to him).

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Do you have any rituals that you must do before a show? How do you decompress after a show? I have to walk the stage. I hate going onstage without having trod the boards.

12. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “Find the thing you dislike about yourself and embrace it. That is the thing that makes you different.”

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Deidre Goodwin is constantly working, whether it’s theatre, movies, or television. She has appeared in eight Broadway shows including “Chicago” as “Velma Kelly,” the 2006 revival of “A Chorus Line” as “Sheila,” “Nine” with Antonia Banderas, as “Our Lady of The Spa,” “The Boys From Syracuse,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “The Rocky Horror Show,” “Chita Rivera: A Dancers Life,” and “Never Gonna Dance.” This past summer Deidre starred in the Fringe Festival hit show “Vote!” She has also delighted audiences in such motion pictures as the current smash hit “It’s Complicated” (starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin), as well as the Oscar-winning film version of “Chicago” as “Murderess June” “Every Little Step,” (which chronicles the history of the Broadway show “A Chorus Line” as well as the audition process for the 2006 revival), “Half Nelson,” and “Across the  Universe.” Her upcoming film projects include “Fair Game” and “Rabbit Hole.” Deidre’s television credits include guest starring roles on “30 Rock” (she played DeBORah, the winner of the MILF Island episode), “Law & Order: SVU,” “Rescue Me,” “Life on Mars,” and “Dancing With The Stars.” She also appeared on “Conan O’Brien,” “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” “The View,” “Good Morning America,” and three times on “The Tony Awards” telecast. Deidre can currently be seen as “Velma Kelly” in the Tony Award Winning Revival of “Chicago” at the Ambassador Theatre on 49th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue) in New York City.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Since I didn’t start until I was older it was a mixture of all of the old movie musicals I would watch as a kid, Fame and the first time I saw Paula Kelly definitely put an idea in my head that this could be possible.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? I have been very blessed to work with some amazing people. Legends, famous people and extremely talented people. If there was one person, it would be Carol Burnett.

3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? Not really…

4. What has been your best and worst experience in a show? Best, first time on Broadway, climbing the wall in Rocky Horror and the rotating spiral staircase at the end of Nine, are a few of the highlights. Don’t really have a worst but embarrassing. I have fallen twice on a Broadway stage. Both curtain calls. Way to leave a last impression!

5. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Did have a dream a few nights ago that Hugh Jackman was trying to kiss me by offering me a piece of gum then putting in his mouth a la “Lady and the Tramp” style. Nice huh 🙂

6. Favorite meal? Cheese.

7. Favorite TV show? Way too many. Should really cut back on my tv. My favorites right now are Mad Men and Lost.

8. Favorite musician/singer? There are way too may of those too but my old stand by is ahh oh wa! Prince.

9. Favorite website? Don’t have one.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Batman

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