As kids all over America head back to school, Broadway.com decided to ask our favorite Broadway stars to look back at their own years in the classroom, sharing memories of favorite subjects and activities and describing their younger selves. In The Book of Mormon, Michael Potts curses the heavens with the expletive-filled number "Hasa Diga Eebowai" as Mafala Hatimbi. Judging from his answers below, it looks like Potts' younger self would have been complaining about being a "lousy dancer." (Audiences at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre would disagree!)
Who was your favorite teacher and why?
My acting teacher, Earle Gister. He had a genius for knowing exactly where every one of us were in our development as actors. He always knew precisely what to say or suggest to unlock a moment. He somehow always made it seem like it was our idea. I call him "The Invisible Hand."
What advice would you give to your school-age self?
What song sums up your school experience and why?
"It Ain't Necessarily So." You know why!
What’s your favorite back to school item?
I'll use any excuse to buy a new backpack.
What class did you dread and why?
Movement. I'm a lousy dancer.
Keep checking back for more School Days memories from your favorite stars.