Actress Kara Lindsay, Newsies:
I am very grateful to be a part of the theatre world for many reasons! They have become my family here in NYC. This community is the strongest and most fearless bunch, who inspire me each and everyday. We take great pride in our work and we do not take any job for granted. That next performing gig we book is like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, etc., all in one. Pure bliss and gratitude! There is a great love and appreciation for creativity. We encourage one another to think outside the box and maybe do something that scares us. The people in this community make me want to live fully and presently. They make the impossible possible. I am so very proud and grateful to be a part of it. They're my heroes. And, by the way, nobody knows how to party like theatre folk! Just sayin'.
Actress Ellyn Marie Marsh, Kinky Boots:
I'm thankful for being in a hit show! Let me explain. There is so much uncertainty in our business and so many projects you LOVE that just don't click (anyone catch me in Enron?) that when you get to be in a show that you love, that involves amazing people, a wonderful creative team, it's all about how your show is received. And I'm so grateful people have loved Kinky Boots as much as we, on stage, love performing it every night. A steady paycheck is hard to come by, so color me grateful!
Actress Michele McConnell, The Phantom of the Opera:
I am thankful to be a part of an industry that truly helps create special memories and bonding time for families that come to see the shows!
Producer, composer and pianist, John McDaniel, Leap of Faith:
Ever since I saw my very first Broadway show, The Magic Show, at the Cort, I had dreamed about working amongst these theatres. My Broadway debut finally happened in 1994 at the Eugene O'Neill with the first Grease revival, and I've been a proud Local 802 member ever since. There is simply nothing like going to work in this neighborhood that has such a rich history!
Actress Lindsay Mendez, Wicked:
This year, I'm most grateful for the incredible family at The Gershwin Theatre. The staff, cast and crew there are simply wonderful. It is hard sometimes, as a Broadway actor, to always spend the holidays at work and away from your loved ones, but when you are lucky enough to be in a building like the Gershwin, you have an adopted family and it makes going to work a joy.
Actress Mary Michael Patterson, The Phantom of the Opera:
I am thankful for The Phantom of the Opera for employing thousands of actors, stage managers, designers, crew and front of house staff for the last 25 years! We get to go to work and tell an iconic story with generous, talented people every night. I feel remarkably fortunate to pay the bills doing something I love. Happy Thanksgiving!
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