BrightStar - Lily

Meet Broadway Wiz Bright Star, Lily from Lisbon, Portugal.

Her favorite show is Anastasia and she believes theatre is like magic.

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

Favorite Broadway show:

All-time favorite performer:
Sierra Boggess

Songs you like to belt in the shower:
“Gimme Gimme,” “Astonishing,” “On My Own” 🙂 , “Journey to the Past”

Favorite piece of theater memorabilia you own:
Music box from Anastasia the Musical

Most memorable performance you’ve ever seen:
Anastasia the Musical, this year. It was absolutely amazing… I felt like everything was perfect and it had a huge impact on me. It sparked my emotions and I think that’s the most important thing in musicals, to send a message and make the audience be magically transported into another dimension you don’t see in your daily life and bringing you joy and making you experience emotions.

Best interaction you have had with another theater fan:
I met so many people because of theatre and a lot of friendships developed… I think you’re able to connect with other people through shared emotions and the storytelling… It’s an activity that gathers everyone and each of them start opening up and discovering more about themselves, allowing them to have no boundaries and feel free and safe. It also depends on the people and their passion for theatre but once I did a summer course in Guildford School of Acting and I felt that for the first time, I was proud to be a part of something and united in a group that shared the same passions. I learned more than ever about myself and what I wanted to do and for the first time I felt confident to share very personal stories… and I noticed everyone was feeling the same. So, basically, a group of young theatre fans (more than one) allowed me to understand what I wanted to do with my future and I think I had the same impact on them… Theatre is awkward in a good way… It allows a union and a feeling (hard to explain) which I can’t get anywhere else.

Why do you love theater?
After a long school day with boring real life stuff to do that causes me anxiety and sometimes depression (haven’t finished high school yet), some evenings, I get to be someone else, get into their story and tell it to the audience!!! It’s the closest thing I find to magic 🙂 Theatre allows actors to express emotions they have hidden and bring them to their character, letting it’s story be told and transporting the audience into another world for moments. It cured my depression and helps me understand more about myself and get to be different characters and when I’m the audience I absolutely love being taken into another dimension and moved by a story.

Dream roles?
Anastasia from Anastasia :), Christine Daaé, Eliza Doolittle from My Fair Lady, Eponine from Les Misérables, Fantine from Les Misérables, Natasha from The Great Comet, Cinderella from Cinderella, The witch from Into the Woods, Maria from The Sound of Music (classic 🙂 ) , Clara from Light in the Piazza, Julie from Carousel and Anna from Frozen.

Best stagedoor or backstage experience?
I once met Lara Martins playing Carlotta in Phantom of the Opera London and she took me to her dressing room where we discussed my future as a performer. Once I got out through the stage door people started wanting to take pictures of me because they thought I was Christine and they asked Lara to take the photo!!! She looked at me and we both started laughing 🙂 And another time I met two of my biggest inspirations, Christy Altomare and Caroline O’Connor who told me never to quit, advice I’ll never forget…I never trembled and smiled so much in my life!!!! Couldn’t stop crying and smiling of happiness….

Favorite spots in NYC:
I on