Earlier today (September 16, 2016) this photo was posted to my author page on facebook! To win a free audio book of "The Role," all you need to do is like my author page and reply to the post answering the question. One lucky winner will be chosen at random on next Friday (September 23, 2016.)
To get you started, I figured I would answer this question myself. I can say numerous theatrical pieces have changed my life in many ways, but one that I always think about is “RENT.” The way people talk about “Hamilton” these days is how I felt about RENT as a kid. I was obsessed with it, and a lot of the reasons for that are similar. RENT was a musical, which used modern pop/punk to tell the story. I love classic showtunes, so this was not the major selling feature. The thing that really changed my life was that two major characters in the show were not only gay but in a committed and loving relationship. In the post-Glee/Modern Family universe we live in now, it is hard to remember this this was a big deal. However, for me, it was the first time I ever felt like a part of me was being represented in the medium I adored. As a result, despite the fact I was and am pretty sure I’d never be cast in that show, I memorized every single word and note of the score. While I was not a fan of the movie they made of the musical, I loved the filmed Broadway production.