by Rebecca Covington Webber
Donald and I met while doing a reading of Motown the Musical in 2011 and then we both made our broadway debuts when the show opened in 2013. We started dating later that year and got married in 2015.
When we were building Motown, we weren’t dating so it was a very different experience for the two of us. Working together this time feels like a dream because we have spent a lot of time a part, due to our work schedules. So, to be together at work AND at home is such a blessing.
I also get to now watch Donald’s work process, which I find to be extremely inspiring, as a fellow artist, and...well...hot, as his wife! Lol! We also get to support each other at work, set boundaries for work, set boundaries for home, and actively decide when work is work and when fun is fun. It’s truly an exciting added dimension to our marriage.
Going from a Hamilton “in-law” to a Hamilton cast member has been such a seamless transition. So many of the Broadway cast members reached out right away. For me personally, it was such a trip to be on the other side of the “turntable.” I had seen the show so many times, so it was almost surreal to start to dig my artistic self into the material.
What has been most surprising is feeling like I knew the show so well from seeing it multiple times, to learning it now and realizing what an onion of a show it is. It has so many layers and nuances that I never saw, or heard, as an audience member. And, let’s keep it real, there’s nothing easy about walking off that turntable while it’s moving - I most definitely look nuts every time I do it- I’m really hoping that improves as we do it more often! Most of all, I’m excited and thankful for this new adventure with this show and my incredible husband.