At 8:45 AM, Gibson will be featured in the live telecast of the WB "Morning News," where she will be interviewed about her current role and perform two pop songs. Then, following her Broadway gig, the songstress will return to her roots as a singer, playing the '80s retro dance club Culture Club (179 Varick St.) in downtown Manhattan.
After rising to fame in the '80s as a pop singer (then as Debbie) — with songs like "Electric Youth," "Only In My Dreams" and "Lost in Your Eyes" — Gibson turned to musical theatre landing roles in the Broadway productions of Les Misérables, Grease! and Beauty and the Beast. Her other stage credits include the national tours of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Funny Girl and Cinderella.
Gibson recently appeared as Gypsy Rose Lee opposite Betty Buckley in the Paper Mill production of Gypsy and in another John Kander and Fred Ebb musical, Chicago, at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, MA.
Gibson joins a long line of Sally replacements which include Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mary McCormack, Susan Egan, Joely Fisher, Lea Thompson, Katie Finneran, Gina Gershon, Kate Shindle, Brooke Shields, Jane Leeves and Molly Ringwald. The role was originated in this Broadway run by Natasha Richardson — who earned a Tony Award for her portrayal.
Another '80s icon Neil Patrick Harris (Proof) — who was better known as the child prodigy in television's "Doogie Howser, M.D.") — currently heads up the cast as the Emcee. Tom Bosley (Herr Schultz) and Alma Cuervo (Fraulein Schneider) also star with Rick Holmes, Penny Ayn Maas and Peter Benson. The musical directed by Sam Mendes with Rob Marshall featuring the music of Kander, the lyrics of Ebb and book by Joe Masteroff, opened on Broadway March 19, 1998. It won Tony Awards that year including Best Revival of a Musical.