"What I Was Born to Do": Bring It On Boasts a Record 32 Broadway Debuts; Meet the Newbies

By Michael Gioia
14 Aug 2012

Janet Krupin

For her Equity card, Janet Krupin played a French opera-singing poodle named Chanel in Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities' production of Bark! The Musical — and, "there's evidence on YouTube" to prove it, said Krupin, who hails from Kennewick, WA. She knew Broadway was the goal when "Cathy Rigby flew up to the balcony of the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle," she said, "and threw glitter on six-year-old me. That was it."

Facing her fears, Krupin, who plays Campbell's Truman High gal-pal Kylar, makes her Broadway debut at 24. "Heck yes Broadway scared me!" she said. "I grew up very far away from it. Broadway was like the moon — there, but not in any tangible way. Trusting your instincts is hard, but I've learned it's the only way to get where you're meant to go."

Nikki Bohne

Besides learning how to perform cheerleading stunts for Bring It On, Nikki Bohne's biggest challenge on the road to Broadway was "making the decision to take a leap," she said, "and leave my comfort zone to move to NYC. It was both a scary and humbling choice to take this risk, but once I dove in, I never looked back."

Bohne, 25, from Highland, UT, knew she wanted to be a performer at 14 years old, when she sat front row at the Richard Rodgers Theatre and watched Cathy Rigby take the stage as the Cat in the Hat in Broadway's Seussical. "There are really high expectations for this caliber of theatre," said Bohne, who is the standby for the lead roles of Campbell and Eva. "But it's an absolute thrill to be a part of an incredible art form."