CODY: I have LOVED being part of this preview process. This was my first time doing previews for a Broadway show, and I have learned an incredible amount during this experience. Our schedule is pretty much this: show up at noon, work till 5, dinner, and then do a show. I found it pretty dang exciting to create a new scene or dance during the afternoon rehearsal and perform it in front of an audience that night. It gives everyone a giddy edginess. There is nothing like approaching a big change for the first time and seeing everyone think, "Here we go!" For me, the secret to getting through previews was to get sleep. I am the king of pre-show naps. You have to respect the Equity cot.
CODY: I honestly had never once looked at a Broadway chat room before this process. Some of my fellow cast mates were talking about them, so I took a look for myself. So many of the criticisms in the chat room were the same things everyone involved already knew needed to be worked. We just hadn't had time to get to them yet.
CODY: The biggest issue with the show was that it was too long. We had too much of a good thing. Therefore, certain scenes and musical numbers needed to go and new shorter scenes needed to be put in to replace them. The show is a whole lot different today than it was during the first preview. So if you saw it early on in the process, come on back! Our genius music supervisor, David Chase, said that there were more changes done to this show than any of the other 27 Broadway shows that he has worked on.
CODY: Heck, yes, we get into it! Haha! Having this kind of turnout is a dream come true. The audience's reactions have been so wonderful. For me, there have been two parts about the audience's reactions that I will cherish forever. First, I will never forget how excited the little kids get when the transformations happen. I love hearing the young ones yelling, "Look, Mom! Look!" Secondly, I will never forget seeing the audience members get so emotional at the end of the show. Seeing tears of joy while we are singing "Impossible" during our curtain call is so touching.
CODY: I'm really just looking forward to the entire experience! A Broadway opening night is something that I have dreamed about for years. I'm giving my two tickets to my mom and my girlfriend. I'm thrilled that they will be able to experience it with me!