Paramour brings the magic of Cirque du Soleil to Broadway with astonishing acrobatics and a visually stunning show. Its leading lady, Ruby Lewis sparkles in her Broadway debut. She plays Indigo, a small-town actress who becomes an overnight sensation.
Joy: When did you realize that you wanted to be a performer and what were your influences growing up?
Ruby: I started performing when I was three and four. I think I started singing and my mom put me in dance class and I just never stopped doing it and I went into community theater and I just loved it. I had a lot of fun, it was like my favorite hobby. I grew up watching a lot of classic films – a lot of Judy Garland films and a lot of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and I loved the movies and I loved Broadway. I was from a small town in Kentucky and to me New York City was kind of like Oz. It was like a place that seemed so far away and unreachable, so I always felt really romantic about it. When I first came to New York, I was 11 or 12 and I just remember driving through the Lincoln Tunnel and seeing it for the first time and just being completely overwhelmed and I knew I wanted to to dedicate my life to try to do it.
Is that when you saw your first Broadway show?
Yes. My first show was Smokey Joe’s Cafe. I have the playbill framed in my dressing room and the tickets as a reminder.
Can you recall any memorable performance when you were young or any embarrassing moments?
I remember in the seventh grade I was really small so I played Annie. It was the high school production, so there was a lot of high school seniors and I just thought they were so cool. I specifically remember not feeling prepared, not feeling like I knew my lines and feeling really, really nervous before the show. I am pretty sure I got through it and then my sense of relief and accomplishment afterwards was so great, I felt so rewarded. When I took my bow, I think that’s when I got addicted to being in front of a live audience – working on something for a while and showing everyone what we had done. It was like a spiritual experience.