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Video: Judine Somerville Shares Her Broadway Story


When the lights come up after a Broadway show, everyone in the theatre has a new story to tell. That shared sense of community is what makes a trip to Broadway so special. In our series “My B’way Story,” we’ve shared stories from audience members who have seen shows that changed their lives. We’ve talked to Broadway theatre ushers and bag checkers and stage-doormen to learn why they love working on Broadway. We've even spoken with the performers who make the stories come to life, such as Dear Evan Hansen standby Colton Ryan.

Today, we’re bringing you another performer’s incredible Broadway story. Native New Yorker Judine Somerville is no stranger to the stage. One of the first Black women to join the ranks of the legendary Radio City Rockettes in 1996, Judine went on to be part of the original cast and singing trio sensation The Dynamites, in the Tony Award winning musical Hairspray. In the video below, Judine recounts one night during Hairspray when something went awry...with hysterical results.

Author: Chanelle Cotton