Welcome to THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As With Your Favorite Broadway Stars. Want to know what hooked them to a career in the theater? Their dream roles? Their Broadway crushes? Read on!
In this week's edition, we caught up with Jenn Colella, who is starring as 'Hedda Hopper' in CHAPLIN- currently in playing at the Barrymore Theatre!
What is the first Broadway show you ever saw?
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, when I was a freshman in college. And yeah, I loved it.
What is your most unique pre-show ritual?
I have to hug each and every member of The cast and tell them to "Break it!"
What is your most memorable "the show must go on" moment?
I severely sprained my ankle moments before I was interviewed by Matt Lauer on The Today Show and that night I performed my first preview of URBAN COWBOY in agonizing pain. I remember my father calling when he heard I'd injured myself... His advice? "Play hurt."
What is the one role you want to play before you die?
My buddy Bernie Telsey came to a CHAPLIN preview last week and told me he could see me 15 years from now playing 'Mama Rose.' Who am I to argue with the master?
Who is your Broadway crush?
I'm gonna have to choose two here... I'd like to be in the middle of a Will Swenson and Audra McDonald sandwich.
Where can people stalk you online?
I'm still not on Facebook, but you can find me on Twitter @jenncolella.