PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Barely Legal's Sam Carner and Derek Gregor Pick Best Breakout Performances

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15 Aug 2014

Anna Kendrick as Dinah Lord in High Society. Sam here. The first time I ever saw Anna Kendrick perform was over 20 years ago in a community theatre production of Gypsy in Biddeford, Maine. I was a kid, and she must have been about seven or eight. I remember seeing her say, "Hello everybody, my name's June. What's yours?" and thinking to myself, "Wow! That's a star!" A couple years later, I started writing musicals and cast her in several readings and little performances we were doing around the Portland, Maine, area, and she was, of course, riveting. It wasn't long before she got her first big break as Dinah Lord in High Society (a Tony-nominated performance!), and everyone started to learn how engaging she is.



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