Broadway star Jenn Gambatese stars as Maria in Lyric's new production of The Sound of Music. But what are a few of her favorite things? Read on to find out more.

Our Maria, Jenn Gambatese, has an impressive Broadway background that includes creating the role of Natalie in All Shook Up opposite Cheyenne Jackson, creating the role of Jane in Disney's Tarzan, and recently starring as Glinda in the first national touring production of Wicked. But when she's not on stage, here are some of the things she enjoys, besides rain drops, on top of the roses!

See Jenn "climb ev'ry mountain" with Billy Zane, Christine Brewer, Elizabeth Futral, Edward Hibbert, and more in The Sound of Music opening on April 25 at Lyric!

Cocktails

Hot toddys of all sorts make me a happy girl. You also can't go wrong with a champagne cocktail. (Don't tell Leisl!)

Movie

Singin' in the Rain is my all-time fave.

    

Pop songs

My 4-year-old daughter and I are loving the Frozen soundtrack at present. All the songs are great, but Idina's version of "Let It Go" is a real triumph. I immensely enjoy the Christophe Beck orchestral pieces on the soundtrack as well.

 

I am also really digging The Lone Bellow and their self-titled album.

 

Foods

Ice cream—when I'm not singing, lol! I'm also a sucker for a great egg sandwich.

Vacation spot

I'm just in love with The Mohonk Mountain House, and it's practically in my own back yard!

Television show

I don't watch a ton of TV, but every time I see New Girl I just love it.

 

Website 

I was reluctant to join but man oh man, I'm on Facebook every day.

Smell

HOME! My daughter Josephine, my husband Curtis, home cooking.

Childhood toys

I loved my little china tea set and was a real bookworm.  Favorite Christmas present ever was a gorgeous hardcover edition with illustrations of...wait for it...Heidi. I guess I've always had a thing for the Alps. I remember devouring the whole book in 2 days!

Animals

Our little teacup Yorkie, Killer Marie.

I'm captivated by Gregory Colbert's "Ashes and Snow" photographs and would love to befriend and ride an elephant one day!  

 

 

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