Where are you from? Covington, Tennessee (near Memphis)
Broadway credits: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, national tour of PARADE, and playing in the orchestra pit of tons of shows (AVENUE Q, SWEET SMELL OF THE MUSIC MAN, TITANIC, ANNIE) and doing many special events and musical film/TV projects (The Last Five Years, The Sound of Music Live!, Once Upon A Mattress, America’s Got Talent, Clash of The Choirs, Grease: You’re The One That I Want).
How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? This doesn’t really apply to me! For the national tour of PARADE, my first “first class” show, I auditioned for Jason Robert Brown and he told me before I left the room that I had the job. Then I married him.
What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? The Lilly Awards
What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? After a show closes, everyone always feels like they’ll never be hired again. Everyone.
What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? Novels always inspire me. I just read “The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter” by Carson McCullers, and she describes a character who hears Beethoven for the first time. It’s delicious writing.
If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… Today it’s Caitlin Moran. But I’d settle for President Obama.
If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… One of those pampered NYC doggies who gets carried around in a designer purse.
To be successful in this business, it takes… Being willing to push hard, even if it means someone might not like you. You have to make sure “no” doesn’t stop you from doing your work.
Tell us a secret. I was the president of my high school marching band AND the drum major my senior year. I wore a white tuxedo and played the mellophone.