Where are you from? Brooklyn, NY - born and raised!
Broadway credits: Flower Drum Song, Pacific Overtures, Rent, Godspell, Allegiance
How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? I got the phone call while I was having dinner with my parents. I had no agent, and Tara Rubin called me - herself! I could tell she was excited to talk to me directly. What a joy it is to give someone dream-making, life-changing news like that! My mom and dad opened a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne that they saved from their wedding day for a very special occasion - and this was it! We finished the whole bottle together.
What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? There are so many - especially those produced by Broadway Cares. But, I’m gonna have to say: THE TONY telecast. It’s like the Super Bowl, minus the sports, and more than just one “half-time” show! We get a half-time performance from each nominee!
What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? It’s always fascinating to me why one show is a hit, and another one a flop. Often times, those shows with tons of hype that everyone thinks is going to be a sure-fire hit ends up opening and closing very quickly. The opposite is also true: Some shows that people write off as sure-fire flops that will come and go quickly are the ones that end up surprising the entire community - and are still running! You really can’t call it.
What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? I recently took a trip through the Mediterranean. ITALY (especially Rome and Florence) with all of its rich history really awakened my senses. I always find travel inspiring!
If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… The list is very long, but the first name that popped into my head was THERESA CAPUTO - the Long Island Medium. Don’t laugh.
If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… This answer was definitely inspired by my recent trip to Italy - but I’m going to have to say: THE POPE. But, I think I could only take the pressure of being a spiritual leader like that for millions of people all over the world for only one day.
To be successful in this business, it takes… Coffee. Very strong coffee. And (as I keep reminding myself), PATIENCE. My manager always tells me: this business is a marathon, not a sprint.
Tell us a secret. I hate water chestnuts. I know, I know. I’m Chinese, and water chestnuts are all over the food of my people - but I hate them.