I'll never forget the first time I heard Molly Pope sing. Her thunderous vibrato gave me goosebumps filling the Laurie Beechman Theatre with all the reasons she "happen[s] to like New York." I was a fan of her acclaimed cabaret performances for several years before I experienced the magic that is Pope in a musical, first as Ruth in the Gallery Players' production of Wonderful Town, and then as Mama in Dan Fishback's lauded The Material World. It would have been enough for Pope to just be a (phenomenal) singer, but by gum, she's a legitimate actress, too. It's only a matter of time before Broadway discovers one of its greatest stars.