"This was the best thing I've ever seen. I remember being floored by Audra [McDonald] and desperate to be Brian Stokes Mitchell. How would a small Jewish tenor grow up to be a tall black baritone? He wouldn't...but that didn't stop me from trying. I was 17 and I was deciding on where to go to school. When Stokes came out the stage door, I needed to know where he went to school, and my mother was right there to absorb all the info a Jewish mother could at a stage door. When Stokes said, 'I didn't go to school,' my mother nearly freaked thinking that I'd have to follow that path in order to become the big black baritone I longed to become. I ended up going to school, and I still want to be Brian Stokes Mitchell sometimes."
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