While attending The Abingdon Theatre Benefit "Marathon '33" on Monday, October 19, I had the pleasure of personally interviewing, in her first blog interview, Lane Bradbury, the original "Dainty June" in Broadway's "Gypsy" which starred Ethel Merman as "Rose." Her other Broadway credits include "J.B.," "The Night of the Iguana," and "Marathon '33." Lane has also been seen in such hit TV shows as "Gunsmoke," "The Mod Squad," "The Partridge Family," "The Waltons," "I'll Fly Away," "In The Heat of The Night," "Party of Five", and "Savannah."  Currently, Lane is the Artistic Director of the Valkyrie Theater of Dance and Drama which brings drama and dance to at risk teens.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Performing was always something I did. Something was just in me that made me want to perform. As a young child I would always dance on the sofa and to spruce things up I would change my clothes, putting on my Sunday best to make the performance more colorful.

2. When did you realize you wanted to become a performer? When I was a child. Mother started taking me to ballet at age 5 so I was always gearing up for some kind of performance. Performing professionally was a natural manifestation of what I already did a lot.

3. What has been your best & worst experience in a show? My best experience was the first play I ever did, "Ondine."  My worst experience was working with Jerry Robbins in Gypsy.

4. Is there ever a time you thought about quitting? If so what did you consider doing? I never thought about quitting. Being on Broadway was very tough and eventually that experience morphed into me focusing more on dance and doing my own thing and which ultimately led me to becoming the Artistic director of Valkyrie Theater of Dance & Drama. I bring dance & drama to at risk teens after school. I like to mix in professional people with the kids watch what unfolds.

5. Out of all the people you've worked with, who did you learn the most from? Dorothy Alexander, my first ballet teacher taught me and inspired me a lot.

6. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? At the moment, no one comes to mind, but I will let you know if I think of one.

7. What's the best advice you given someone, but not taken for yourself? Use the negative experiences of your life and making something positive out of them. Also, bring yourselves honestly to what you are doing.

8. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I just finished reading "True Compass" by Ted Kennedy. Growing up, the Kennedy family were legends and I dream that they really made a difference in this world. To me, they are the epitome of turning a negative experience into a positive one.

9. Favorite pastime? Training my new Pomeranian puppy.

10. Favorite play/musical? My favorite play is "Good Bobby" about Bobby Kennedy. My favorite musical is "Cats."

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