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My first experience with meeting Broadway stars was this past May at
Phantom of the Opera in Boston. My parents loved Phantom, and I had
never seen it, so for my bat mitzvah so they bought us and my best
friend great tickets to see it. I loved it, and so did Becca (my best
friend). My parents suprised us by telling us after the show that we
had been invited to a Q&A with the cast. It was amazing! We got to
meet Gary Mauer, who was the Phantom, and Rebecca who was Christine,
along with many members of the ensemble. They were the nicest people,
and had so much advice for a girl like me who wants to be on Broadway.
Unfortunately my parents forget to bring a camera, but I'll scan my
signed playbill in soon.
In June, we went to Chicago to visit my aunt. My parents, brother, and
aunt were going to go to a Cubs Vs. Red Sox game, but I hate baseball,
and my aunt's friend brothers are some of the producers of Wicked (The
Araca Company) so she got me tickets to see it for my third time with
her friends. Katie Adams was playing G(a)linda that day and Jenna Leigh
Green was playing Elphaba. I loved them. The first person I met was
A is me, L is him.
A: Did you play Boq?
L: Yes I did.
A: Oh my gosh you were amazing I loved you so much.
L: Oh, thank you!
A: Could you sign my playbill and take a picture with me?
L: Of course! *signs and takes picture* I'm glad you liked the show!
A: Thanks so much!
Then Derrick came out and was bombarded, but I managed to get up to him.
A: Hi Derrick, I'm Allie. You were amazing.
D: Aw, thank you Allie.
A: I saw you in NYC, and I was able to pick you out from the
ensemble because you were so alive, and I was so happy to hear you were
D: Thank you, that means so much. Which production did you like better?
A: Well, this one because you were Fiyero!
D: *laughs, signs playbill, takes a picture*
A: Congratulations, thank you so much!
D: No problem
Then my personal favorite, Katie came out.
A: Hi Katie! You were incredible! I couldn't believe you were just the understudy!
K: Awww, thanks! Would you like me to sign that and take a picture?
A: Sure! By the way, I love the sparkles!
K: *laughs, signs playbill, takes picture*
: Thanks so much Katie!
And FINALLY Jenna came out.
A: Hi Jenna! Congratulations, you were amazing as Elphaba!
J: Thank you so much! I was really nervous!
A: Aw, you shouldnt've been! Will you sign my playbill and take a picture!
J: Sure! *does the routine*
A: Bye Jenna!
J: Bye sweetie!
So that was my Wicked trip. Then this August my friend Emily and I went
to NYC and saw 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Dirty Rotten
Scoundrels. I won't post the conversations from Spelling Bee, because I
met almost the entire cast, so it would be to long, but one funny
story. We were sitting like, right on the stage, and Emily was chosen
to be Marigold Coneybear, the one who gives Chip and erection. It was
hilarious! After the show, he came up to us and was like, "Hi Marigold!
Sorry if I freaked you out!" And it was funny.
Emily, Jesse Tyler Fergurson and Me
Emily, Jose Llana, and Me
Me and Derrick Baskin
Me, Lisa Howard, and Emily
Emily, Celia Keenan-Bolger and Me
Me, Dan Fogler and Emily. We caught him coming out a side door. He seemed really shy, but he was nice and took pictures with us.
The next night we went and saw Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which was
amazing. First to come out was Norbert Leo Butz, who is so f-ing hott.
I love him. I kept telling him how much I admired him and all that
jazz, but it was so loud so I'm not sure if he heard me. We couldn't
get a picture with him though. But here's one I took:
Then Gregory Jbara came out. We talked to him about making it on
Broadway and all sorts of things. We got to take a picture with him and
now it's up on the "Friends of Andre" section on his site.
Me, Greg, and Emily
Finally, John Lithgow came out. That was crazy. I told him about how we
watched some movie and science that he narrated and he laughed, he
couldn't remember which one it was though. Haha, the guy's a legend.
Again, couldn't get a picture with him, but got one of him.
The next morning we went to the Today show to see the cast of Rent
perform, which, by the way, was incredible. We were pretty far back,
and weren't in the area where they were signing autographs. However, I
went up to a police officer who was patrolling the blocked off area and
put on a sad face and told him how much I loved Idina Menzel and how
much it would mean to us if they let us through, so we got in! We
pushed our way to the front and were standing right in front of Idina!
Wow, I was like a starstruck. I gushed and gushed about how much I
loved her, and how she inspired me, and she gave me a hug and signed my
poster. There were to many people so I couldn't get a picture with her,
but again, I got one of her.
The only other person we got to meet was Tracie Thoms, but that was
great. She was so sweet, and loved meeting her fans. She has such a
beautiful voice. Again, no picture with her, but of her.
So those have been my experiences so far. And believe me, with this theatre season in Boston, there's gonna be many more.
I have been a member here since this community was first started, but I
never got around to posting. Well, here goes. And it's going to be