Kevin Ray Johnson
I would like you to meet the talented Becca Lee. She is currently performing in the ensemble of “The Prom” on Broadway at The Longacre Theatre. This season has been fantastic when it comes to love and acceptance, and this musical comedy I feel fits that message well when it comes to accepting one another, owning up to who you are and caring for others who aren’t like you. I was delighted to have the chance to interview her.
How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a performer?
I was singing and dancing and putting on living-room performances for my mom when I was seven years old. I’m not sure I knew I wanted to pursue performing as a career at that age, but I’ve certainly loved it for as long as I can remember.
Where did you study and are there any mentors or people that helped you in your career?
I graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Psychology. I’ve mostly learned from doing. I did community theatre growing up and was a competitive dancer and gymnast. I can’t pinpoint one mentor in particular that helped me along the way. However, I credit a few voice coaches, dance teachers and my mom for always believing in me and giving me the extra boost of confidence I needed along the way.
How has your time been in The Prom?
“The Prom” has been magical from the start. I began working on it in 2015. We did a lab in NYC, and I couldn’t believe someone allowed ME to be in a room with Beth Leavel (and many other Broadway legends). I STILL can’t believe it! We did an out-of-town tryout in Atlanta in 2016, and we all hoped we’d have the opportunity to come to Broadway. It’s been a long journey, but I couldn’t be more thrilled that we’re finally here. This show is special. This cast is special. We’ve all known that from the beginning, and I’m enjoying every single moment.
Do you have any favorite moments in the show?
There are many! Anything that involves Brooks Ashmanskas is just hilarious every night. I hope some of his comedic genius is rubbing off on me! I particularly enjoy performing “Tonight Belongs To Us.” It’s a CHALLENGE but so much fun. When we did the show in Atlanta, I’d be waiting in the wings for my entrance and silently hoping we’d get to perform this number on a Broadway stage one day and here we are! I still think about that every night. Additionally, I just love the song.
Are there any other shows in your career (other than The Prom) that will always hold a special place in your heart!
“The Music Man” at Ogunquit Playhouse was very special. I played Zaneeta Shinn and got my equity card with that show. I love the show in general, but that was another experience that involved such wonderful people. I absolutely loved the cast, creative team, and beautiful Maine.
What advice do you have for young aspiring performers?
I have a hard time giving advice because everyone’s journey is so different. There’s not ONE way to make your dreams come true. I wish I would’ve relaxed a little more and known my time was coming. Hard work is important, but it doesn’t have to involve beating yourself up if you don’t feel like you performed your best at an audition. That job just wasn’t meant for you, plain and simple. Enjoy the journey as much as you can and find happiness in every day because achieving your dream feels INCREDIBLE, but you have to find happiness within yourself regardless of the job you’re doing at any particular moment. It took me YEARS to get to Broadway. Be patient. Have FUN along the way. Believe in yourself. Your time is coming!
Her advice is so wonderful, and I couldn’t have said it better myself! If you would like to learn more about the show Becca and The Prom, please visit their website. This is indeed a show you don’t want to miss!