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

By Matthew Blank
May 14, 2013

Nic Rouleau, who stars as Elder Price in the Chicago sit-down production of Book of Mormon, fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.



Rouleau originated the role in Chicago, coming directly from the Broadway company.

Other theatre work includes Legally Blonde (Emmett), Toy Story: The Musical (Woody), Floyd Collins (Homer), King David (Jonathan), Les Misérables (Marius), ...Forum (Hero) and Cabaret (Cliff).





Full given name: Nicolas Theodore Rouleau
Where you were born/where you were raised: Los Altos, California
Zodiac Sign:Aquarius
What your parents did/do for a living:My dad is an orthodontist, so I owe him a lot for my teeth. My mom is his office manager.
Siblings:Sean (30), Aaron (28) and Lizzie (24).
Current audition song/monologue:"Monticello" from Edges by Pasek & Paul.
First Broadway show you ever saw: Nine with Antonio Banderas in 2003--which is actually pretty trippy, because it played the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, where I made my Broadway debut.
Favorite showtune(s) of all time: Easy - "Make Someone Happy" by Jule Styne. It will be my wedding song.
Some favorite modern musicals: The Light in the Piazza and Floyd Collins (anything Adam Guettel). And definitely Legally Blonde.
Some favorite classic musicals: The Sound of Music all the way.
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with: I've always wanted to work with Jerry Herman. Luckily there's still time! Who can make that happen?
Your personal vocal idols, living or dead: It's no secret - I could listen to Kelli O'Hara sing all day long.
The one performance attended - that you will never forget: Kelli O'Hara live at Cafe Carlyle. (Notice a theme here?)
MAC or PC? MAC
Most played song on your iPod: Currently it's "Liz Caplan Voice Lesson 7/25/12" -- Liz & I nicknamed it "Spa Day for the Voice" and I warm up to it every day before the show.
Favorite Tweeters: It's a tie between two good friends of mine: Alex Wyse (@alexwyse) and Samantha Martin (@HiMyNameSam). I favorite just about every tweet either of them writes. Follow them-- you won't regret it!
Last book you read: "A Beginner's Guide to Investing." I'm trying to learn how the stock market works. I'm boring myself writing this.
Must-see TV show(s): If the TV is on, it's usually on "HGTV: Property Brothers," "Love It Or List It" and "Income Property." I'm also really into "Breaking Bad" right now.
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Kelli O'Hara (Okay, really that's the last time I mention her. It's starting to get weird haha.)
Pop culture guilty pleasure: "Dance Moms"
Three favorite cities: London, New York... and now Chicago!
Favorite sport/team/player: Gotta stick with my home teams: SF Giants, San Jose Sharks and the 49ers!
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: The first cassette I bought on my own was Sheryl Crow's "Tuesday Night Music Club."

I listened to "All I Wanna Do" on loop for weeks. And it was hard to rewind on a cassette player... kids don't know how easy they have it these days! Ha!

You were very active in youth and local theatre in the Bay Area. Who were some of your great influences as a young performer? I really have to thank EVERYONE involved at Peninsula Youth Theatre (PYT) in Mountain View, CA.

They really helped shape me as a young performer, and I owe much of what I've accomplished so far in my career to them. They taught me a lot about performing, but more importantly, they taught me a lot about about family and community.

What are some of your most memorable roles as a kid or teenager and how old were you? Like every 16 year old boy, I did play Jean Valjean in Les Miserables.

While it may be the most inappropriate role I have ever played (aside from Mereb in Aida), it was my most memorable performing experience as a kid. It's one of the shows that the PYT parents are still talking about 10 years later, which I think is really special.

First stage kiss: In Guys and Dolls in 2002 opposite my good friend Emily Bliss. I came off stage one day and told her she wasn't doing the kiss right-- she slapped me right across the face.

I've never said anything to a girl about an onstage kiss again.

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.