Ever wanted to know what Lea Salonga sang at her first audition? Or what show inspired Alice Ripley to venture out of Ohio? Or how Sierra Boggess became a stage manager? A slew of your favorite Broadway stars share stories from their younger years in the new book Starry-Eyed: 16 Stories that Steal the Spotlight, available today at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and wherever else books are sold.
The performing arts anthology (edited by author Ted Michael and talent agent Josh Pultz) features anecdotes from Broadway favorites like Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Lea Salonga, Alice Ripley, Andrea McArdle, Montego Glover, Telly Leung, Sierra Boggess, Gavin Lee, Lisa Howard and Lynn Cohen. Clay Aiken penned the book’s introduction.
"What I love about this book is that it highlights the beginnings of talented artists who love what they do," off-Broadway vet Anthony Federov told Broadway.com "Hopefully these stories will inspire readers to make their dreams come true no matter where their inspiration comes from."
The book also includes an impressive collection of short stories—all chronicling the struggles, hopes and dreams of young aspiring singers, dancers and performers—from popular YA authors including Kiersten White, Alex Flinn, Jacqueline West, Aimee Friedman and Claudia Gray.
If you wanted to hear about Montego Glover’s three rules for success, or Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s first trip to New York, or how Telly Leung found a new religion in Into the Woods, or Andrea McArdle’s life-changing performance in Atlantic City…pick up Starry-Eyed today!