Having been part of both the Chicago and San Francisco companies, Wicked was my Broadway debut.
Booking the job, Wicked, in Chicago felt like the kickstart to my Broadway career. I had just spent 6 weeks traveling around Europe by myself, restoring my soul after tour, when this audition came up. I wasn’t thinking much beyond it, just how nice it felt to be back in New York and to be back in the audition room dancing again. Lo and behold, I booked it. I had so much fun with these large costumes and extravagant personalities required to fill the land of Oz. Speaking of Oz…I got my dog, Ozzy (hence the name) while in Chicago doing this show.
Six months after we closed Wicked in Chicago, I joined up with the San Francisco company for someone’s medical leave. That’s the way with Wicked, which makes it a joy to be a part of their family. They are very good about using their folks in multiple companies. I had a great time touching base with the show again and with a new company. Another treasure of revisiting a show with a different group of people are the small differences that audiences would never notice. I had to know all these little changes, being a swing, and it helped keep this show fresh and rich for me after having already performed it for a year and a half in Chicago.
At the end of my time in San Francisco, I was really longing to be back in New York and really longing to make my Broadway debut. I wrote the creative team to thank them for my time in San Francisco and to keep me in mind should anything open up on Broadway, as I’d love to do the show at home. Two weeks later, my agent called to offer me a spot in Wicked on Broadway…for someone’s medical leave. A temporary contract, but a Broadway debut nonetheless. I remember taking my bow on that auspicious night thinking, “If it never happens again, at least I did it once.” I never expected what the next years would bring, Memphis, Matilda and…Hamilton