When Lightning Strikes

When Lightning Strikes


Broadway’s top talents reveal their lightning bolt moments that set them on the course of their dreams. When Lightning Strikes! Is hosted by Forbes.com and Parade.com contributor Jeryl Brunner.

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain

We’ve all had it. Eureka! Your proverbial lightbulb goes off. The heavens open. The seas part. That wondrous, heart thumping, tingly, glorious mic drop moment when you realized what you were meant to do. No matter what it took. Lightning has struck! And from then on nothing is ever, ever the same. Host Jeryl Brunner presents candid, sometimes soul-baring, often funny chats with actors, writers, producers, directors and creatives as they lay down their THIS IS IT! discoveries about why they do what they do and what led them into theater.

Talent booker: Anna Strout

“When Lightning Strikes” theme song by Tom McGovern



#44 - Ray Mercer of The Lion King

#44 – Ray Mercer of The Lion King

For nearly two decades Ray Mercer has been a cast member of 'The Lion King' on Broadway. One of the longest-running male dancers in Broadway history, Mercer, who plays one of the iconic 14 foot giraffes at the top of the show, is also the show's fight captain ...
#43 - Melissa Etheridge

#43 – Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge is a ferociously talented rock music icon. This Grammy and Oscar-winning singer, songwriter and guitarist is known for her deeply passionate, raw and honest lyrics and smoky, distinctive ...
#42 - Katy Sullivan from Cost Of Living

#42 – Katy Sullivan from Cost Of Living

Katy Sullivan is reprising her role as Ani in Martyna Majok's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, 'Cost of Living,' which opened on Broadway October 3rd. Just a few of her other acting credits includes 'Dexter: ...
#41 - Tony-winning producer Carl Moellenberg

#41 – Tony-winning producer Carl Moellenberg

Carl Moellenberg has produced more than 70 shows worldwide and won 13 Tony awards. Just a few of his Broadway credits includes Spring Awakening, Hair, Death of a Salesman, Pippin, All the Way, Dear Evan ...
#40 - Eugene Pack, co-creator and star of Celebrity Autobiography

#40 – Eugene Pack, co-creator and star of Celebrity Autobiography

Eugene Pack is an Emmy nominated writer and winner of the Drama Desk award for creating the hit international comedy Celebrity Autobiography. The beloved show where stars act out other celebrity memoirs ...
#39 - Sharon Wheatley from "Come From Away"

#39 – Sharon Wheatley from “Come From Away”

Sharon Wheatley is an original cast member in the the hit Broadway musical, "Come From Away." She has the distinction of being the only actress to appear in "Cats," "Les Miserables" and :The Phantom of ...


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