Winner of the 2001 Tony Award for "Best Featured Actress in a Musical" for her portrayal of "Ulla" in Mel Brooks' "The Producers," Cady Huffman is an actress and producer of great caliber. She burst onto Broadway in the original production of "La Cage Aux Folles," which then lead to being cast in Bob Fosse's "Big Deal," followed by a Tony Award nominated performance in "The Will Rogers Follies" in 1991.
Cady made her film debut in 1992's "Hero" which starred Dustin Hoffman, Geena Davis, and Andy García. She has since appeared in "Space Marines," "Romance & Cigarettes," and "The Nanny Diaries," and "The Company Men" alongside Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, and Chris Cooper. Cady also starred, produced, and acted as production designer for the independent film "Sunday on the Rocks."
On television Cady has had guest starring roles on "Frasier," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Mad About You," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," and "The Good Wife."From 2005-2006, Cady took over the role of "Dr. Paige Miller" on "One Life to Live." During 2011 and 2012, Cady has had a recurring role on CBS' "The Good Wife."
Currently, Cady is back on stage in Prospect Theater's production of Cole Porter's "Nymph Errant" which is playing at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row in NYC (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenue) through July 29! Click here for tickets!
For more on Cady be sure to visit http://www.cadyhuffman.com!
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? I was an oddly focused child. I loved the discipline associated with studying ballet, theater and opera. Being able to literally transform my body, my personality, and my voice. Then, when people could be affected by watching me do it, I was fascinated. It seemed like the most natural thing in the world to do. I love the hard work it requires and the intense relationships it creates with other artists and audiences. I was doomed from the start!
2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? Too many to list! Living and Dead!
3. What attracted you to "Nymph Errant"? I'm a huge Cole Porter fan. A chance to sing Porter that most people hadn't heard was a thrill I couldn't pass up.
4. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing the show? I hope they've had an adventure, replete with fantastical coincidences, gift wrapped in a good, old-fashioned musical romp!
5. In "Nymph Errant" you are playing three characters "Miss Pratt," "Clarissa," "Fraulein Krauthammer," and "Mrs. Bamberg." What do you enjoy most about playing multiple characters and what challenges does this bring for you? I love singing from a low F to a high B flat. I love learning different accents and having to switch back and forth between them. I just love inhabiting the lives of each of the characters. And I particularly love making people laugh. Each of these things present challenges that I crave and enjoy.
6. What excites you most about performing with Prospect Theater? It's my first Prospect collaboration. I love their bravery in taking on the challenges of doing theater in NYC.
7. You won the 2001 Tony Award for "Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical" for playing "Ulla" in "The Producers" on Broadway. Looking back, what did you enjoy most about that time in your life and what did it mean to you to win the Tony Award? There's no quick answer to this. It was huge! It was personal. It was shared with a cast and crew that I love as family. My life was changed forever.
8. In 2003/2004, you produced, starred in, and acted as production designer for the independent film "Sunday On The Rocks." What made you want to take on this project and be involved on so many different levels? SOTR was actually a 4 year endeavor I started in 2000 with my friend, Amiee Turner. We wanted to stretch ourselves beyond performing. Boy did we! It was an incredible journey made possible by the generosity of friends and family. I've never worked so hard. We did everything on the film because we couldn't afford to hire anyone else to do it for us. The education was invaluable. The result is a wonderful, little film that had some success in film festivals around the country. Oh yeah! And, it starred one of my very best friends (and fellow Tony Award winner) Julie White!
9. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? It's hard to even separate my "self" in that way. My life is spent experiencing life in order to bring as much of my self to my performances. I guess I've learned that I'm crazy enough to do it!
10. What's the best advice you've ever received? Do something!
11. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My grandmother.
12. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? I would FLY!!!