Last week, we saw Danity Kane’s Aubrey O’Day rehearse for her Broadway debut as the uppity Amber Von Tussle in “Hairspray.” But who could be content with just a little sneak peek? Lucky for us, MTV News was invited back to see the real thing on opening night.
Minutes before the curtains went up on Friday night, we squeezed into O’Day’s dressing room, where friends and family showered her with flowers and gifts, while she worked out those pre-performance jitters.
“I am so excited for my opening night on Broadway,” O’Day said, as she prepared to don the towering wig recently worn by Haylie Duff . “I’ve learned the part in two weeks, so it’s been crazy, but such a beautiful experience and everyone has been so welcoming, and I just fit right in.
“I’m a good nervous,” she added. “It’s positive energy; it’s not negative, but definitely I have butterflies in my tummy right now. I’m just very excited to go onstage tonight and be a little snotty brat.”
O’Day wasn’t the only one excited: As soon as the curtains rose, the crowd came to life, but the moment the new castmember took the stage, the cheers rose about six octaves. The sold-out crowd screamed as she made her way to center stage and exclaimed to the crowd in her high-pitched voice, “I’m Amber!”
From then on, every time O’Day graced the stage, the crowd went wild — probably due in part to the fact that the first eight rows were filled with 52 of her friends and family members.
“It’s most important that all my best friends from childhood are here,” O’Day said. “All my friends have come to see my rehearsals, and they are like, ’I can’t believe you are finally on Broadway!’ So, I’m more excited for them and how they will see me.”
O’Day hit every note and dance step during the two-and-a-half-hour performance, giving Amber extra flare and sassiness. She seemed at ease and confident on stage while teaming up with her love interest in the play, fellow “Making the Band” alum Ashley Parker Angel, who plays Link.
O’Day said that ever since she was a little girl she has always wanted to take the Broadway stage. So when she took her final bow, she couldn’t seem to wipe the smile off her face. Who could when their childhood dream was finally coming true?