PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Bring It On: The Musical Star Adrienne Warren

By Matthew Blank
27 Nov 2012



How you got your Equity card: My sophomore year of college Jennifer Holliday cast me in the 25th Anniversary of Dreamgirls at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA.
Favorite pre-/post- show meal: Chop't wraps before show and Brazil Brazil after! ;-)
Favorite liquid refreshment: Everyone who knows me knows I love a good beer!
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: I do my vocal warmups which can sometimes include "Queen of the Night." I always do an ab and arm workout before every show and occasionally I dance around my room with my dresser Cate!
Most challenging role you have ever played: Danielle in Bring It On. (I've got the battle wounds to prove it!)
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: I don't think this is the worst line I've ever flubbed but once during a rap I did in the show I said, "Beyonce is my business" and the correct line was "With Beyonce as my witness!" Oh Lin-Manuel Miranda!
Worst costume ever: In Dreamgirls during "One Night Only" we wore these incredible costumes designed by William Ivey Long... but we wore glitter all over our bodies. I called it "diamond skin"... it got everywhere... my apartment... my bed... my hair. I sneezed glitter... it was ridiculous!!
Worst job you ever had: One year in college I worked at The Little Gym on the Upper West Side. I loved working with kids but I hated working the birthday parties. Entertaining 30 two-year-olds can be very challenging... too much pizza and too much birthday cake!
If you could trade roles with anyone in the cast for a week, who would it be? I would trade tracks with Elle McLemore, who plays Eva! She is by far my favorite character in the show. And somehow I doubt I would be the only person who would pay big bucks to see Elle play Danielle!!
Were you ever a cheerleader, or play any sports in high school? My dad, an ex football player and coach, would never let me cheer. When I got to high school I attended The Governor's School for the Arts, which didn't leave much time for sports. However, I played basketball and ran track up until then.
Most memorable stage door experience from the road: When we played Chicago there were three adorable little girls who attacked me with hugs at the door, then did a cheer for me and let me record it on my phone! I still have that recording :-)
Leading lady role you've been dying to play: Dorothy in The Wiz and Kate in Lippa's Wild Party
Leading man role you wish you could play: Pippin
Something about you that surprises people: I sing with Trans-Siberian Orchestra and have my own rock & soul EP available on iTunes.
Something you are incredibly proud of: My parents
Something you're embarrassed to admit: I'm not really embarrassed by much.
Career you would want if not a performer: Interior decorator
Three things you can't live without: Family, Faith and Music
Words of advice for aspiring performers: Dream big, work hard, get to know your backstage crew (they are the backbone to every show), and believe in yourself!

"If you don't believe in yourself.. you can't expect anyone else to."