PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Chicago Book of Mormon Star Nic Rouleau

By Matthew Blank
14 May 2013



How you got your Equity card: The Book of Mormon
Some of your favorite food/drink hangouts in Chicago: Yolk for brunch. Also Girl and the Goat or Little Goat Diner for dinner. Both are owned by Stephanie Izard and both are amazing!
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: I listen to Sara Bareilles' "Breathe Again" followed by Carrie Manolakos' "Red." In that order. Every show.
Most challenging role you have ever played: Definitely Elder Price
Most challenging part of playing Elder Price? Vocal and physical stamina
Do you have a favorite moment in the show for your character? "I Believe" is both my favorite and most terrifying moment. But mostly my favorite.
What has been the major difference performing for a Chicago audience compared to Broadway? The audiences have actually been very similar, which I think is a huge testament to the brilliant writing of this show. It just works. And it works everywhere.
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: I played Woody in Toy Story: The Musical for Disney Cruise Line. At the end of the show, Buzz and Woody are supposed to fly off while attached to a rocket to catch up to Andy's car.

Well something happened one night with the fly system and only Buzz flew off while I was left standing on the ground. Alone. Poor Andy... Woody never returned that night.

Worst costume ever: Also on Disney Cruise Line, I had to dress as a Lamp Seller in this "Prince Ali" number from Aladdin. I had this jacket lined entirely in plastic magic lamps that I was supposed to tempt the audience with while dancing.

Without fail, at least one lamp would fall and shatter on stage every night, causing someone to trip. Stories aside, I really did love working for Disney!

If you could trade roles with anyone in the cast for a week, who would it be? Nabalungi. I think I was a female ingenue in my previous life.
Most interesting or memorable stage door or celebrity visit experience: On my first night ever joining the cast of Mormon on Broadway, Oprah Winfrey was there. There was no better way to start my Mormon experience. It's a shame she's not in Chicago anymore. We have a running joke in the cast that every limo we see is actually Oprah. If only!
Leading man role you've been dying to play: I'd like another shot at Jean Valjean when I'm older. Something about being 16 might have prevented me from really diving into that character. Maybe...
Leading lady role you'd like a shot at: Lizzie in 110 in the Shade. I've had a lot of practice singing "Simple Little Things" alone in my apartment. Should I be admitting this?
Career you would want if not a performer: House Flipper. Like I said, I watch a LOT of HGTV... and I may be a little over confident in my abilities.
Words of advice for aspiring performers: Be the actor that you would want to work with.