Theater major Heather Leimberg '04 made her Broadway debut in Hairspray,
playing the parts of Tammy and LouAnn in the place of vacationing
cast members. Despite having only one week to learn the parts before
opening night at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York, Leimberg says
she was well prepared. "With all that we do at UCLA, we definitely
never have a chance to slack off," Leimberg (below, center) says.
"The training is intense — it thoroughly disciplines you to hone
your craft and focus." Leimberg is the first student in the School
of Theater, Film and Television's Ray Bolger Musical Theater Program
to make it big. "I never expected this to happen so quickly," she
says. "I thought I would finish college, move to New York and get
an interesting job. Being thrust into this situation was crazy and
exhilarating all at the same time."