A. I went to Eastern High School (Voorhees, NJ), the University of Pennsylvania for undergrad, and NYU for grad school.
A. Bernadette Peters
A. Mary Poppins
A. Sesame Street
A. Writer interrupted by wrangling a dog and cat.
A. A little bit of nonsense goes a long way.
A. I am most happy in the same way a cat stares out the window -- safe at home but awash in possibility.
A. Getting a sunburn. I should really own stock in sunblock companies.
A. New York City. Thankfully, I live here, so it works out.
A. Benjamin Franklin, if only for his philosophy, "Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing."
A. Ann M. Martin, because her Baby-Sitters Club series made me want to be a writer.
A. I would use the word "ridiculous" less often if it applied to less situations....
A. Asking to see "Cats" for the third time instead of the original cast of "Into the Woods"
A. The ability to play music by ear
A. I've had the same two best friends since sixth grade, and in the words of Mandy, they are two of my "most favorite people in the world, at least most of the time."
A. What I lack in patience, I make up for in impatience.
A. I have a very strong sense of follow-through.
A. I'm never fully dressed without lipstick.
A. Ethel Mertz, because whatever shenanigan her best friend gets herself into, Ethel is right by her side.
A. Cruella de Vil. Obviously, my dog is appalled by this choice.
A. People who walk slowly under scaffolding while carrying oversized umbrellas.
A. Broadway diva. Unfortunately, I am just short of being "tone deaf with two left feet."
A. Loyalty, sense of humor, reliability
A. Since I've had teeth, my favorite meal has been noodles with butter, no parsley. To this day, if I don't eat pasta multiple times a week, I get twitchy (and I still hate parsley).
A. The theme song from "Cheers"; "Move On" (sung by Bernadette Peters); "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon" (sung by Ernie); "When You Wish Upon a Star"; "I'm Still Here" (sung by Elaine Stritch)
A. Ann M. Martin and Stephen Sondheim
A. In the words of Stephen Sondheim from 'Sunday in the Park with George,' "Anything you do, let it come from you -- then it will be new. Give us more to see."