by Kelly Lafarga
If you told me eight years ago that I would still be touring with Wicked I wouldn't have believed you. I never thought I would be able to live out of a suitcase for that long and not miss having a home of my own. Perpetually being away from family and friends would've seemed like a deal breaker. Although it can be difficult from time to time, it turns out life on the road has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Thanks in part to some of the people that I have been fortunate enough to work with. One of them being a fellow swing and understudy, Michael Di Liberto.
Michael joined the Munchkinland tour a couple of years ago and we became fast friends. We’ve lived together, shared many meals, and been there for each other through it all. Whether I was having a hard day at work or going through something in my personal life, I knew he would talk me through it or make me laugh until I forgot what I was even upset about. He has been my rock and someone I could always count on.
It makes such a difference to find someone like him while working on the road. Being away from your loved ones can be tough and it helps having someone who understands first hand what it's like. These past couple of years have been so gratifying thanks to my friendship with Michael. He is genuine, extremely talented and one of the funniest people I know. The people you tour with become your second family and your home away from home. I'm happy
to say that Michael Di Liberto is now my brother and lifelong friend.
He recently left the tour and began covering with the Broadway company. Although I will miss him dearly, I know that the shared experiences that we've had will keep us close for years to come.