Who I Was Then
By Kelly BishopThe 'Gilmore Girls' star recalls her days on Broadyway in the original 'A Chorus Line'
I had been in the business about ten years. I had quit chorus work - I wanted principal work.
I'd given myself two years to either move up higher or chuck it all. I didn't have much money and it literally never crossed my mind that I should wait a table or temp - I had to get a dancing job. This [role, Sheila] came along and I thought, "Beautiful. There it is. The open door."
I honestly didn't care if 'A Chorus Line' was a hit. It was something I believed in, something I thought was wonderful. I didn't expect everyone to like it; I thought people would say. "What do they think they're doing? Nobody cares about dancers."
Most of the story was culled from [our] real lives. "At the Ballet" is me. The show was an extraordinary experience. And suddenly, I had a Tony Award.
Entertainment Weekly, October 2006