Arts and Entertainment
|NC native Brittany Williams back home in ‘A Bronx Tale’ musical|
|Flexible performer in her professional stage debut|
|Published Thursday, April 11, 2019 11:00 pm|
|PHOTO | BBO NYC|
|Brittany Williams, who grew up in the Triangle, travels to Charlotte with the national tour of “A Bronx Tale: The Musical” April 16-21 at Belk Theater.|
Brittany Williams grew up in the Triangle, but she knows Charlotte well.
She heads to the Queen City next week in her first national tour as “A Bronx Tale: The Musical” takes the stage at Belk Theater April 16-21. It is a family affair for Williams, whose older brother Robert Williams calls Charlotte home. She was a track athlete at one time, running everything from sprints to mid-distance races alongside her older brother, who went on to run at Queens University of Charlotte.
“We ran for years,” Williams said. “I ran the 200-meter, 400-meter, 800-meter, 100-meter—all of it.”
Friends and family from all over the state will make the journey to see her debut.
Williams can take the stage at a moment’s notice in her role as a swing in musical set in the 1960s in the Bronx, New York. It is based on Chazz Palminteri’s 1989 play, tackling a coming of age and a love story. It was turned into a film in 1993.
“Whenever someone isn’t feeling well or can’t do the show, or even in the middle of the show, if they can’t go on, I jump into their roles, no questions asked,” Williams said. “No questions asked. Just jump into hair and makeup, and finish out what they did.”
Williams watches the show as much as she can to prepare for whatever scenario she may find herself in. Her goal is to make the work second nature, rather than feeling like she has been thrown into a tornado.
“In the dressing room, we have monitors,” Williams said. “We can hear the music and everything that is happening on stage.”
Before joining the tour, Williams attended Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School, then studied at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, where she focused on dance and musical theater. She continued her studies at the Ailey School.
“I felt like I was surrounded by excellence every single day,” Williams said. “That just makes you want to work harder, and fall in love with your craft even more. Once I graduated from AMDA, I really wanted to go to the Ailey School. I auditioned. I got in. It was amazing.”
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