Welcome back to Closing Night, a theater history podcast celebrating Broadway shows that closed too soon. In the previous episode we went back to the dark days of 9/11 as Broadway went dark and had to find its own way back as a nation grieved and was forever changed.
Back in 2021, which marked the 20th anniversary of those devastating 9/11 attacks, a live recording of the Broadway production of Come From Away was released. It featured many past and present members of the cast. But one of the original cast members, Rodney Hicks, was absent from the filming. And in this bonus episode I’m sharing a conversation I had with Rodney on my other podcast Why I’ll Never Make It. We discuss his long journey with the show, and how it came to a rather sudden end. Yet through it all, though, Rodney remained sure that even in the darkest of times, there is still some light to be found.
Closing Night is a production of WINMI Media with Patrick Oliver Jones as host and executive producer. Dan Delgado is the editor and producer, not only for this podcast but also for his own movie podcast called The Industry, and Maria Clara Ribeiro is co-producer.