Miss Broadway Dork is an internet singing sensation on YouTube. Here is a link to her page:
Q: What inspired you to start making your YouTube videos?
A: I sang in shows but it always made me nervous and I didn’t quite feel secure in my voice. I thought that perhaps singing online would give me a singing outlet and wouldn’t be quite as scary as singing in public and would help boost my confidence and it did!
Q: What kind of formal training have you had?
A: I’ve had about a year and a half of lessons off and on.
Q: If my readers only listen to one of your videos, which one would you like them to listen to and why?
A: Hmm…well my most popular one is probably my Little Mermaid one but perhaps I’d choose the Mother Knows Best video….even though I could have had the lyrics a bit more memorized I guess I think that one is fun;)
Q: What is your dream role and why?
A: Well I’d LOVE another crack at Mrs. Lovett. Any role in a Sondheim show really I’d love. But to get right down to it I have a hankering to play Maria in The Sound of Music.
Q:. How did you go about publicizing your videos?
A: I never did. People just found them I guess! I honestly never expected to get so many subscribers but it’s an honor!
Q: Where else can we see you work your magic?
A: Oh Gosh! I occasionally do some local theatre. People have been encouraging me to put out a cd so I’ve been thinking about that.
Q: What is the most common misconception about Broadway musicals?
A: That they’re fluffy and cheesy. That they can’t be art. If you only go to Mamma Mia types shows you’ll be accurate. But I dare someone to go see Sunday In the Park With George and call it fluffy. Not that there is anything wrong with fluff. Fluff has its place. But that is not all there is. That’s like saying all films are Dumb and Dumber.
Q: If you could change one thing about the theater industry, what would it be?
A: One thing? Well I’d love if Broadway became more affordable so more people could see shows. I have to sneak in another thing though. I wish casting weren’t so “type” based. Most theatre is not about “realism”. It’s about an experience. About magic. Why not change up the rules about what a character is suppose to look like. It’s true sometimes shows require that a person to be a type as it’s built into the script but most of the time this is just decided based on past casting and stereotype. Why?
Q:. Which musical has the best score ever?
A: That is a toughie. Sunday in the Park With George is my favorite.
Q: Marry kiss or kill; Nathan Detroit, The Phantom or Henry Higgins?
A: Oh dear. What pickings. Phantom I feel sorry for but he’s a creeper so he would have to go. Henry has some misogyny issues and is emotionally unavailable so I suppose a kiss would do. Nathan would need some work but I suppose he’d have to be my groom.
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