I’ve been performing my entire life in theater, on television, on radio, in film and on stage. I’ve always performed and I’ve always done it all knowing I had to make my way to the Broadway stage. There is nothing like hearing people laugh or cry or be inspired by your performance. It means you’re connected. I love people and I love connecting and I love sharing moments. Seriously. I perform at my tables when I’m working at a restaurant. It’s just what I do. I think it’s important to me because being a performer on Broadway is both a dream and a goal.
Who are some of the other entertainers you admire and whose careers you hope to emulate?
My friend Dwayne once called me “the gay Bette Midler.” I’ve tried to live up to that every day since. When all else fails, in life and on stage, I always think: What would Bette Midler do? And that’s how I react. I swear it’s the truth. Beth Leavel’s show-stopping performance in The Drowsy Chaperone is something I aspire to and Andrea Martin’s incomparable comedic timing and brilliance on stage never ceases to amaze, inspire and fulfill me. I would like to go to there.
What’s your dream role?
My dream role is any chance to make people laugh while I get to sing my face off. With that said, my first thought was Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard and my second thought was George from Sunday in the Park with George. However I would happily shave to be Mrs. Turnblad in Hairspray and/or Sylvia in Ruthless! Those bitches are funny and those shows are hysterical!
Why did you call your show Broadway Credits?
I’ve been on tons of auditions and callbacks and avails in New York. Some for leads in Broadway shows, others for chorus roles in productions off the Q train in Astoria, but it often comes down to whether or not you have Broadway credits on your resume. So that’s how I came up with the title. Now when I’m asked if I have Broadway credits on my resume, I can say “Yes, I do have Broadway credits on my resume” because technically I will.
What should people expect if they buy tickets to your show?
Really good laughs, great music and a lot of fun. Everything you look for in a Broadway show…it’s just off-off-off Broadway and without the crashing chandelier. But if our chandelier does crash to ground, watch to see how Bette Midler would react.