I am very excited to announce that I will be making my Broadway debut this coming spring in Miss Saigon! I have been working a long time for this opportunity and I am so excited to share it with you.
I auditioned for Miss Saigon with a self tape this past summer while I was working at The Muny in St. Louis. I sang all the songs and sent it in. I heard nothing for a long time. Finally several weeks later my agent notified me that the creative team wanted me to come in for a callback. I was very excited! We worked out the day and time and I made my travel plans.
It would be the day before I started rehearsals at Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut for Chasing Rainbows. I arranged to stay with my voice teacher from college in New Jersey the night before so that I could then drive up to New York, do the callback, and then finish heading up the east coast to East Haddam Connecticut. It was going to be a long couple of days but I was ready for it.
The car was packed and all of my traveling went smoothly. I stayed the night with my voice teacher and her husband (the same voice teacher who helped me learn Why God from Saigon) and then hit the road the next day. I was a little nervous about the audition. Auditioning itself is tough but in the midst of traveling... let's just say it wouldn't have been my first choice. But luckily everything worked great. I got to the audition in plenty of time. I danced and sang and that was it. I was in the car within the next hour and went on with my life.
I didn't hear anything for a long time. I figured that I didn't get it. Months later my agent called me to tell me that I was still in the running for the show. I was thrilled but still didn't want to get my hopes up. Then one day I got the call. We had just started previews for Chasing Rainbows. We were rehearsing during the day and doing the show at night. During one of our breaks at a rehearsal, I saw that I had a missed call from my agent. I stepped outside to return the call.
I couldn't believe it.
It was raining that day out by the water but I didn't care. I literally jumped for joy. I called my parents and my girlfriend to tell them the news. I shared it with some of my close friends that day in Connecticut. I had to keep it on the down low until everything was finalized, but that didn't stop me from smiling cheek to cheek.
I had worked for a long time to see this day come. I could not be more full of gratitude for everything and everyone that helped me achieve this. To my parents, my teachers, my friends and everyone in between, I want to say thank you. I am honored to be a part of this show and if it weren't for you I would not have this incredible opportunity. I can't wait to keep working on it and continue sharing the journey with you!
Check out my vlog from the day I was able to announce it!