Meet Broadway Wiz Bright Star, Katie from Cleveland, OH.

Katie is a huge fan of Idina Menzel and loves If/Then. She keeps herself busy running the Idina Menzel Fanzels page on Facebook!

On average, how many Broadway shows do you see a year?
1 if lucky

How many local shows or community theater shows do you see a year?
7-9

Favorite Broadway show:
If/Then

All-time favorite performer:
Idina Menzel

Songs you like to belt in the shower:
Songs from Idina Menzel, “Defying Gravity”

Favorite piece of theater memorabilia you own:
Signed playbills

Most memorable performance you’ve ever seen:
The most memorable performance I’ve ever seen is Come From Away with the original Broadway cast. They told the story and made it memorable. Everyone was into it, had beautiful voices and couldn’t be nicer at the stage door!

Best interaction you have had with another theater fan:
The best interaction I’ve had with another theater fan was at BroadwayCon this past year. She was from Maine and knew I loved If/Then. She had autograph session which I didn’t have, but knew I wanted and out of the goodness of her heart, gave me it. I hope to meet up with her again in BroadwayCon 2018.

Why do you love theater?
Theater takes me to a place, an evening where I can sit back, enjoy the show and watch the story come to life. It allows me to take something away from the message being portrayed and help me apply it to my life some way or another.

Dream roles?
My dream role would be Elphaba in Wicked. I love the story behind the misunderstood green girl and I hope to inspire others to do the same along the way. I also would enjoy stage dooring because I know how much it means to me when someone I adore takes time out of their day to meet with me. I hope to give that same excitement to others.

Best stagedoor or backstage experience?
Best stagedoor experience was recently when I saw Come From Away. All the actors but one came out and went down the line. They talked to practically everyone, no one was rushed, posed for pictures and signed autographs. You can tell they wanted to do it and made it even more exciting. A close second was If/Then National tour in CA with some of the OBC. I tweeted them a lot (4 Twitter binders later) and they all knew who I was!