Words From The Wings: Andréa Burns of THE NOTEBOOK Talks Favorite Moments, Backstage Routines, and More!

Words From the Wings brings fans behind the scenes of some of their favorite Broadway stars' backstage routines!

By: Apr. 16, 2024
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BroadwayWorld is bringing you Words From the Wings, a new series of interviews that take fans behind the scenes of some of their favorite Broadway stars' backstage routines!

Today we're chatting with Andréa Burns, who is currently appearing in The Notebook. Andréa told us all about her backstage routines, favorite moments, and more!

Check out her answers, along with photos taken by BroadwayWorld's Jennifer Broski, below!

The Notebook

What’s the first thing you do when you arrive to the theatre?

Say hello to our doorman, Greg, with the goal of getting a smile out of that serious gentleman. 

What’s the last thing you do before you go on stage?

Close my eyes in the wings, let go of any outside distractions, & drop myself into the world of the play. 

What’s your must-have backstage snack? 

I’m old school, and panic about eating in costume. I throw back a Sour Patch Kid now and then, but that stays between us. 

Pre-show ritual that others may think is weird?

Stretch my tongue for 30 seconds, helps for singing and Sour Patch recovery.

The Notebook

What are five must-haves in your dressing room? 

Water bottle, Quest bars, Liquid IV, ice breaker gum, and courage.  It’s possible my son also makes use of this list in college. 

What’s your favorite moment from the show to watch from the wings?

Maryann Plunkett and Dorian Harewood singing “I Know.” I watch these master actors make new discoveries nightly, while shattering hearts in the process.

What has been your favorite backstage moment in your time with this show so far?

Carson Stewart and I prep for Act 2 by running lines in a variety of accents and impressions that have no business in a Nicholas Sparks romance. 

The Notebook

About Andréa Burns

Andréa Burns is a Drama Desk Award winner and Outer Critics Circle nominee currently starring in The Gardens of Anuncia at Lincoln Center. Broadway: original “Daniela” in In The Heights, On Your Feet, The Rose Tattoo, The Nance, Beauty and the Beast, The Full Monty, The Ritz. National Tour: Parade (Lucille Frank). Off-Broadway: Judy Holliday in Smart Blonde, original cast of Songs for a New World and Stephen Sondheim’s Saturday Night. Film: Spielberg’s West Side Story, Akron. TV: “Up Here” (Hulu), “Generation Por Qué” (HBO), “Blue Bloods,” “Jessica Jones.” 

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