My drama teacher was a woman named Linda Wise. She was an amazing force. In addition to heading a great theater department (we did Pacific Overtures in high school. Come on people…Pacific Overtures!), she organized trips to New York to see shows. Now, I was a kid of the 80s…no judging! We’re talkin’ Phantom, Big River, La Cage, Biloxi Blues, Black and Blue, Les Miz, M. Butterfly…you get the picture. So that Broadway dream intensified when I was actually seeing all of these Broadway shows. And not just seeing them…oh no. I waited at the stage door of Drood and had Betty Buckley and Howard McGillin sign my Playbill. I shopped at Triton Gallery, One Shubert Alley (Cats keychain anyone?) and the Drama Book Shop. On a scale from one to ten my Broadway dreams became a twenty-five! And somewhere in the midst of this dream, I found the Tony Awards. And that became a new dream. To win a Tony!