THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- Caroline O'Connor
Welcome to THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As With Your Favorite Broadway Stars. Want to know what hooked them to a career in the theater? Their dream roles? Their Broadway crushes? Read on!
In this week's edition, we caught up with Caroline O'Connor, who is starring as 'Miss Shields' in A CHRISTMAS STORY- currently playing at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.
What is the first Broadway show you ever saw?
Growing up in Australia, we didn’t have a lot of Broadway productions that toured in our hemisphere, so I used to listen to a lot of cast albums, looking at the pictures and and imagining what was happening on the stage. Eventually I saw a production of A CHORUS LINE in Sydney, Australia. I very young. It blew me away !
Years later I came to New York for an audition and saw DAMN YANKEES at the Marriot Marquis. Later in my career I played both 'Cassie' and 'Lola.' Spooky!
What is your most unique pre-show ritual?
-I bless myself three times before I go onstage. It used to be once!
-I drink what I call ‘Talent juice’ (ie: hot water and honey)
-I also like to take a sneaky peek at the audience before the show.
What is your most memorable "the show must go on" moment?
The most memorable and most recent was opening night of A CHRISTMAS STORY. An hour and a half before curtain up my back went into spasm walking up 43rd St. A physical therapist was in the dressing room working on me 30 minutes before curtain up. I was scared and upset but... with his magic hands and my adrenalin kicking in... the show went on!