By Playbill Staff
10 Nov 2012
When I performed in the East Village in a tiny performance art place called Home, and the crowd understood what I was trying to say and dug it. I knew this was my thing. I was testing out Mambo Mouth characters one by one.
My father took me to a matinee of Gypsy with Angela Lansbury and we had box seats. I could see the actress playing Louise make all of her strip changes in the wings.
How fast this little, stocky man zipped her in and out of her gowns, and how he just plopped her hat on her head and she just held it there. All the time, the performance going on on the stage as well. That was it! I wanted in on that world!!
Not so much a moment but a gradual dawning that there was nothing else that I really wanted to do. This was in high school.