Fresno woman makes Broadway debut

Allysa Shorte is dancing and singing in a brand new musical called "After Midnight."
November 7, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
A 2005 Bullard High School grad is making her debut on Broadway this week.

Allysa Shorte is dancing and singing in a brand new musical called "After Midnight."

The show celebrates the golden age of Harlem when places like the Cotton Club featured great jazz musicians.

Shorte is what is called a "swing" - which means she has to be ready to play one of five different roles in the show. She wasn't chosen for the part until the rest of the cast had already started rehearsing.

"I went to the audition on a Tuesday, I found out I got the job on Wednesday and then started rehearsals on Thursday," said Shorte. "So everyone else had months and months to prepare and it's like change your life, quit your job, change everything!"

The star of the show is former American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino. But could Allysa Shorte be the next "Audra McDonald" - a Roosevelt High grad who went on to win numerous Tony Awards?


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