Locals Who've Made it Big

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Locals Who've Made it Big#0
Posted: 1/23/04 at 4:43pm
Hey Broadwayworld!
Did any Broadway performers come from your hometown?
Paige Price, who stared in Saturday Night Fever on Broadway and was featured in the original cast of Beauty and the Beast and later went on to play the role of Belle, grew up in my sleepy hometown. Community theaters around here who she performed with before her big break have her pictures everywhere. Though I do not know Paige personally, I did meet her when I was about 6 or 7 years old after seeing Beauty and the Beast. She was very nice and stayed awhile to chat with my family and me. She kept asking how our hometown was doing and if this and that was still there and all that jazz. I did get to see her in Saturday Night Fever, which I honestly didnt really enjoy, but it was in February and it was too cold to stay after. Even though I disliked the show, Paige gave a great performance.

How about you guys?
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re: Locals Who've Made it Big#1
Posted: 1/23/04 at 4:50pm
Nessa in Wicked grew up about 30 minutes away from where i was born...does that count? And isn't Michael Cavanaugh from Cleveland?
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re: re: Locals Who've Made it Big#2
Posted: 1/23/04 at 5:17pm
George M. Cohan was from my hometown!
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re: re: re: Locals Who've Made it Big#3
Posted: 1/23/04 at 5:39pm
Kathy Brier (currently playing Tracy in Hairspray).
Then again, it is Staten Island. I'm guessing there are a lot of other Broadway people from here of which I am not aware.
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re: re: re: Locals Who've Made it Big#4
Posted: 1/23/04 at 5:42pm
Not exactly hometown, but Laura Benati was born about 45 min from where I live...and Jane Krakowski a bit closer...(close enough! re: re: re: Locals Who've Made it Big )
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Posted: 1/23/04 at 6:19pm
Woo!
I know she isnt a Broadway star, but Meryl Streep grew up about 20 minutes from me in a nice mountain town haha.
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paul reed,phobes boyfrined in friends, was born in my town. i think he lived here too.
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stephen buntrock (oklahoma) Naperville, IL
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Didnt a lot of broadway celebs come from chicago (my town=D)?
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Brooks Ashmankas, Jeff Brooks, Sally Struthers, Jane Powell, Patrick Page (currently in Lion King on Broadway and husband of Paige Davis, host of Trading Spaces and soon-to-be Roxie in Chicago) and Shoshana Bean (I actually did a show her mother choreographed last year) are all from my hometown, Portland, OR.
Updated On: 1/25/04 at 08:58 PM
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Ivette Sosa (Eden's Crush/Popstars) went to my high school...okay, so *I* don't even remember them anymore- but they had the spotlight for a while! (and she still does theatre around NY...)
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Tons. The closest would probably be Mitchel David Federan (Young Peter in TBFO) from Solon, OH. Jessica Grove (Miss Dorothy u/s in Millie) from Columbus, OH. Michelle Federer (Nessarose in Wicked) from Shaker Heights, OH. Jennifer Gambatese (Penny in Hairspray) from Cleveland, OH. Gavin Creel (original Jimmy in Millie) from Findlay, OH. The creators of Urinetown are from Cleveland, also. The tour is currently in Cleveland, so they are here with their family. I forget some, but I know there a tons of performers from Ohio! re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: Locals Who've Made it Big
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yeah there are alot of famous chicagoans .... i just knew about stephen from reading an interview of his.

karen mason is another ... arlington heights
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Emma,
The Amazing Machota Man is from there as well..... do not leave HIM out.. Miss Mamma Mia Fan
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I used to see Hugh Jackman at a local suburban coffee shop. Rachel Griffiths lives nearby (about two years ago I nearly knocked her over in my car). My father (in his youth) dated Zoe Caldwell a couple of times.
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Samantha Morton lived down the road from me. Everyone has a story to tell..
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Who is Samantha Morton, Jake?

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Ernest Borgnine is from my hometown.
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Lee Wilkoff is from here; as is soap actor (and frequent stage player) David Canary, not to mention musicians Macy Gray and Marilyn Manson.

That's from Canton, Ohio, anyway. I wouldn't consider anyone scattered throughout the state to be 'local.'
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I taught Robert Cuccioli and coaxed him into auditioning for his first stage role in high school.

Isabella Rosellini lives one block behind my house.

I had one student who I thought would have a brilliant career in radio. Then he went for a sex change operation and ruined his booming voice.
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My uncle bedded Tallulah Bankhead. Does that count?

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I don't think any Broadway stars are from here (yet) But my home town is also the town John Bonjoivi grew up and one of the cast members of the west wing, and I also think I heard the boy from Hows the boss lived here b4 that show.
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I am glad you do not consider people scattered across Ohio local. Good for you! re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: Locals Who've Made it B I do...
CCM '10!
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Does that mean that Paul Reed lives "over the George Washington Bridge"? Geeze, as many times as I've driven across that bridge I've never seen people habitating above it. I'll have to be more attentive on my next trip to New Jersey.
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