#76. FREDI WALKER-BROWNE - “A Broadway actress.”
In 1999, I went to Sarasota to visit a friend from summer camp. Jessica was (and still is) obsessed with Broadway musicals; posters of ‘42nd Street’ and ‘A Chorus Line’ adorned her bedrooms walls and original cast recordings were constantly being played. In my young infinite wisdom, I found the whole thing boring. My dad had raised me on rock n’ roll and so I preferred the music of groups like the Beatles, the Stones, and the Who while my brother had just pushed Guns N’ Roses and The Violent Femmes on me. Broadway was not on the agenda.
Frustrated during that weekend, Jessica wracked her brain for a way to get me to appreciate the stage. Then, it hit her: a rock musical. Riffling through her Broadway paraphernalia, she pulled out a big book bound with faux-duct tape and four letters haphazardly sprayed across the front.