Where are you from? Canton, Ohio & Erie, PA (we moved a lot.)
Broadway credits: Annie Get Your Gun, Aida, Sweet Smell of Success, 42nd Street, Sweet Charity, A Chorus Line, Cry-Baby, Pal Joey, Rock of Ages, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? I had just booked a last minute replacement in Children of Eden at Northshore, and was frantically packing to leave the next morning for THAT, and I got a phone call from my agent regarding the AnnieGetYourAudition that I’d just been to earlier that day. I was sitting on the floor of my 9th Avenue apartment, packing clothes, and my agent called to tell me I BOOKED MY FIRST BWAY SHOW and to keep myself from screaming, I picked up some jeans and bit them.
What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? Probably performing on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It’s iconic! I watched it every year of my entire life and it’s crazy-magical!!! I have done it 3 times, Annie Get Your Gun (we were only in rehearsals at that point), Sweet Charity, and Priscilla. Just magical for me.
What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? How quickly it can come and go. A show noone’s heard of suddenly gets a theatre, or one that’s been in the works and planned and cast and funded just disappears…. it’s terrible when that happens. And there seems to be no recourse other than “sorry.”
What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? People that make stuff. Clothes, art, anything really… it excited me and amazes me. I’m very crafty too, and I sew, and I bake/cook, and making something from a pile of raw materials is a cool feeling… and there are some amazing people out there! I love to see other peoples’ creations and ideas and let them fuel my own!
If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be… Tim Gunn
If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… Maybe Ina Garten. She just seems happy and carefree, rich, and gets to cook all day. I’m in! ( I LOVE her recipes!!! )
To be successful in this business, it takes… Woof. I don’t know. There are so many different definitions of success… I have done 11 Broadway Shows & somedays I feel like I am VERY successful and some days I feel like I’ve not done anything important… Can I not answer this one?!
Tell us a secret. I have a recurring dream that I get hired to do A Chorus Line (again) somewhere and at the last minute they lose either a Sheila or a Cassie and of course, I take over the role.