Thousands have moved to New York City with the proverbial stars in their eyes, only to spend a lifetime seeking a lead role in a Broadway-pedigree show.
For Kaye Tuckerman, it took seven weeks.
The affable Australian actress who stars as Donna Sheridan in the touring production of "Mamma Mia!" — the musical based on the songs of ABBA — never planned on a career in theater. In fact, the self-described surfer girl once scoffed at musicals. But serendipity has woven its way through her life, time and again.
"My dad bought tickets for 'Annie' once when I was about 10, and my brother and I were horrified," Tuckerman recalled. "We were like, 'We don't want to go to that thing!' Needless to say, we went finally, after having several secret meetings to figure out how to get out of it. But I saw it and ended up wanting to be in musicals."