What is the first Broadway show you ever saw?
The Lion King. I came up with my high school show choir my senior year. It was such an unforgettable experience! It's such a beautiful show, there's no question why it has run for so long. And now, what do you know? I'm in the theater across the street. Crazy.
What is your most unique pre-show ritual?
Starbucks. Vanilla latte. That's unique, right?! I also sing along to vocal warmups on my iPhone. I still warm up to a voice lesson with my teacher from back home in Florida, John Cavazos. Shout out!
What is your most memorable "the show must go on" moment?
This one is not only the most memorable, but also most embarrassing! It happened one day, late in the run of The Addams Family when I was playing Wednesday. At the very end of the show and my very last scene with Brooke Shields, who played Morticia, I entered what I call "the white room of death." I could NOT remember my line! Brooke tried her best to coax me into remembering it, but with no luck. Finally, I just turned to the rest of the cast on stage and said, "Anybody?!" Jackie Hoffman, who played Grandma, came up behind me and whispered my line in my ear. Needless to say, I was mortified. Matthew Broderick happened to be in the audience that day. When I saw him backstage, he said, "It happens to me all the time!" That made me feel a little better.
What is the one role you want to play before you die?
Elphaba. I had the opportunity to understudy Glinda on the 2nd national tour of Wicked, and got to play opposite some incredible actresses. I used to watch them fly above me singing "Defying Gravity," and would think, "I'd love to get to do that someday!" I know, I'm cheesy, but I love that show and that part!
Who is your Broadway crush?
Ricky Martin. Duh.
Where can people stalk you on the web?
Follow me on twitter @therachelpotter, or "like" me on Facebook. Or you can come stalk me in person at Joe's Pub, May 13th 9:30pm for my debut country album "Live the Dream" release concert! (Available on iTunes May 15th)