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 LaVon Fisher-Wilson, who is starring as 'Medda' in Newsies- currently playing at the Nederlander Theatre.
What is the first Broadway show you ever saw?
The first Broadway show I ever saw was Guys and Dolls. I came to New York with my show choir for spring break and saw it and was hooked!!
What is your most unique pre-show ritual?
As my wig is placed on my head, every night, I go over my entire first scene and song out loud. I get made fun of for it and when I don't start right at that point, Fred (head of wigs for Newsies) says" Aren't you forgetting something?!" lol but it must be done or I feel like something will go wrong. Weird, I know.
What is your most memorable "the show must go on" moment?
I had taken a nap before the show, got alittle vocally dry, and didn't properly warm up before going on. As I entered the stage, a fur ball formed in my throat and I had to start and carry on the scene while clearing my throat. But because," the show must go on" I finished the scene and whenever it try to creep up during my song, I growled the note out! People thought I was being extra sassy but honey, I was just trying to fight the fur ball and get through it!
What is the one role you want to play before you die?
'Dolly' in Hello Dolly or 'The Witch' in Into the Woods. I've played both regionally but I would love to play either of them on Broadway!
Who is your Broadway crush?
Well, right now it's Ryan Steele but as soon as Denzel Washington returns to the Great White way, Ryan can forget about it!
Where can people stalk you online?
Hahaha! Well, I can be stalked on my fan page on Facebook, on twitter@lavonfwilson, and at lavonfisherwilson.com