Today is the day; your debut on Broadway is finally here and my heart is full of joy and pride for you. Sure, I may be a bit too emotionally invested in your successes, but I’ll be cheering you on from California as you step on that stage and make your childhood dream come true.
On August 11, 2014 I saw you live for the first time (I remember the date because I found out Robin Williams died on my way to the concert). It was at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles that I first heard “She Used To Be Mine” from Waitress the Musical. You shared with the audience that you were working on music for a new musical and my heart immediately was full of joy, the idea of my favorite singer and my favorite art form coming together … it was almost too much excitement for one night. As you sang “She Used To Be Mine” the entire venue fell silent (seriously, there’s a video of the performance on YouTube). I remember that moment so vividly because the song hit me like a ton of bricks; I was in between jobs, I was on anti-depressants, I was feeling completely alone and this song reached out at me and got a hold of my heart immediately. That song and that moment allowed me to take a deep breath and there will never be enough Thank You’s in the world.
So yes, I am invested; I bought your book as soon as Pre-Sale became available, I danced in my room when they announced that you would be releasing a few songs from Waitress the Musical, I made everyone at work shut up as I listened to the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Waitress the Musical (#employeeofthemonth), I cried the entire Second Act as I watched Jessie Mueller live on stage in February and now my heart feels extremely full as I see your dreams come true.
You have given so much to the world; with your music, your sense of humor, your life lessons in your book and now the world gets to show you how much we appreciate you on a nightly basis. Unfortunately, I am unable to make it to New York to see you live (that sentence makes me sad) but I will be cheering you on from Los Angeles; I will be listening to your music and sending you endless amounts of positive vibes. These next 10 weeks will be like no other, but there is NO doubt in my mind that you will conquer this just like you’ve conquered so many other things. You are going to kick so much ass and the thought of you singing “She Used To Be Mine” on that stage while you wear the Jenna costume; there are literal tears in my eyes.
Good luck Sara! I hope you enjoy every second of these 10 weeks and I know that you’ll be absolutely magical.
PS. Can’t wait for new music The Blessed Unrest has imbedded itself into my soul and I’m ready to fall in love with new music from you.
PPS. I’m actually not sure why I’m writing this, truth is, the chances of you actually reading it are fairly slim but I felt the need to express to The Universe the phenomenal impact that you’ve had in my life and if someone sees this and decides to go see the show, then my work here is done.