Paige Faure, the up-and-coming singing actress who made her Broadway debut in the Daniel Radcliffe revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, has a long history with the Broadway debut of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. The Kentucky native, who is married to fellow actor Adam Monley, was asked by 2013 Drama Desk nominee Josh Rhodes to play Cinderella in his audition to become the show's choreographer (he got the job). Flash-forward a couple years, and Faure is now starring in the title role of the Tony-nominated musical at The Broadway Theatre, and in October she will launch the national tour of the production in Rhode Island. I recently had the chance to chat with the talented artist, who spoke about her Broadway debut, her current gig and her other roles as wife and mom. That interview follows.
Question: Since we've never spoken before, let's go back a bit. Where were you born and raised?
Paige Faure: I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but raised in Atlanta, Georgia.
Question: When did you start performing?
Paige Faure: My earliest memory is dancing. I grew up dancing, mostly. I was one of those competition dancers for many years. But then my last year of middle school I joined the chorus and did my first musical, which was, as cheesy as this sounds, Cinderella. [Laughs.]
Question: What character did you play?
Paige Faure: I was the Fairy Godmother.
Question: Were there any performers that you admired while you were growing up?
Paige Faure: Most of the dancers that I aspired to be like were the ones that I was surrounded by. One of my dance teachers growing up, Marin Mills, was one of the coolest people I knew. She was so outgoing and such a free and fun dancer, very creative. She would wear blue wings and cheetah hot pants and dance. She was just the coolest person, and I always wanted to be as free and exciting as she was. Of course, I grew up with the classics, Julie Andrews. I always had them in the back of mind, too. I kind of soaked up whomever I could.
Question: When did performing change from being a hobby to when you knew it would be a career? Was there any production or specific moment?
Paige Faure: I don’t know that I ever had a specific moment; I’ve always just kind of known that performing was a part of me and was something that was very important to me and very fulfilling. Probably the moments that I realized that I could make my art my work as well was anytime I saw the Atlanta Ballet or when a touring company would come through. One of my first dance solos growing up was dancing to “Someone Like You” from Jekyll and Hyde. And then I remember seeing Jekyll and Hyde, and I remember being blown away by the all-encompassing effect of the theatre. So I’d say that maybe that’s the closest moment. But it’s always been a part of me to create and perform.
Question: Moving forward a few years, when did you get to New York?
Paige Faure: I got to New York when I was 18. I graduated from high school and moved up here to go to Marymount Manhattan College, which was great for the year I was there. [Laughs.] But, of course, I was hungry and started auditioning while I was there and booked the national tour of Aida pretty soon after starting, and I left after my first year at Marymount to start my career.
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