Shawna Hamic "dreamed a dream in time gone by," but unlike the destitute young mother Fantine who sings those words each night in the new Broadway tour of"Les Miserables,"Hamic has lived to see hers realized at a very young age.
Hamic, who plays the bombastic, unscrupulous Madame Thenardier in the musical based on the classic novel by Victor Hugo, was born in Oregon and raised in Southern California from a young age.
"I actually got into theater because my parents would take us to see the national tours when they came into Los Angeles," Hamic said. "I never got to go to New York as a kid, but for me, 'Broadway' was the national tours.
"'Les Mis' was one of the first shows they took us to see. Literally in the middle of that show, 25 years ago, I leaned over to my mom and said, 'Mom, I'm going to be Madame Thenardier someday.' That really was the tour that set me on my path."