"Two just seems to be my lucky number this year," DeBose told Playbill.com with a laugh, following the news that she would perform with the Tony-nominated Best Musical Bring It On as well as the high-grossing new musical Motown at her first Tony Awards June 9. The rising star, it should be noted, also recorded her first two original cast recordings.
"Okay, I'm getting a little sentimental," she confided. "When [the cast of Bring It On] came back [to New York City] off of tour from Canada, it was right around Tony time, and I went to Times Square, where they play the Tonys on the big JumboTron, and I stood there and watched everybody's acceptance speeches. I watched Audra McDonald win her Tony. I watched it happen. I watched the performances…and I [thought], 'I want to do that — so badly.' We knew we were coming to Broadway [with Bring It On], and I thought, 'One day, if I work really hard — if we all work really hard — maybe we'll all be there next year… Maybe.'"
DeBose and the cast of the high-flying musical Bring It On got their wish when the production, which featured music by Tom Kitt, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Amanda Green, received a 2013 Tony nomination for Best Musical.
"I didn't see the live nominations, but my jaw hit the floor when I read them on Playbill.com," said DeBose. "I was thrilled. For something to be closed… I mean, we had a good run, but we're clearly closed, and we still got a nomination, which I think is the Tony [committee's] way of acknowledging that…the show is good."
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