Meet Broadway Wiz Bright Star, Jacob Rivera-Sanchez from Fort Worth, Texas!

You may recognize Jacob as NewYork.com’s Ultimate Broadway Fan! His favorite performer is Danny Burstein, and he loves making new friends while stage-dooring.

On average, how many Broadway or Off-Broadway shows do you see a year?
5-6 in NY

How many local shows or community theater shows do you see a year?
Too many to count!

Favorite Broadway show:
Follies

All-time favorite performer:
Danny Burstein

Songs you like to belt in the shower:
“You Could Drive A Person Crazy” (all 3 parts! haha.)

Favorite piece of theater memorabilia you own:
A copy of the A Little Night Music revival cast album signed by the entire company and Mr. Sondheim!

Most memorable performance you’ve ever seen:
It was recent, but I will remember Danny’s performance in Fiddler. Some may find it difficult to bring nuance to a role in a big Broadway show in a big Broadway house, but he knows how to do that and make it seem bigger than life. It’s everything I’ve aspired to do.

I also will never forget the first show I saw in NY which was the 2013 revival of The Last Five Years. Truly mesmerizing and captivating. Betsy Wolfe is one of my favorites and to finally see her, and playing that role, was a delight.

Best interaction you have had with another theater fan:
I had seen the final preview of the recent She Loves Me revival and got to stage door and meet everyone except Laura [Benanti] ’cause she had been sick. The next day, I decided to hang out at the theatre’s opening night to check out the red carpet arrivals and such, and hopefully see Laura afterwards because I had always wanted to meet her. I stayed and hung out with 3 amazing people (who I now call friends) all throughout the night until the show ended. I saw Laura inside and they encouraged me to say hello to her and ask her to sign my window card, which she did.

Why do you love theater?
It’s a great and entertaining opportunity to just escape yourself for a little bit… and that goes both ways whether y