KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Following your dreams can be filled with rejection and heartbreak. Kansas City actor and singer Shea Coffman has learned firsthand how hard it is to break into Broadway.
The Broadway bug bit when he auditioned for a role in the touring show of "The Book of Mormon" in Kansas City last year.
"They were like 'hey, can you come to New York like in two weeks, we know it's kind of short notice, let us know if you can or can't, but we'd like to see you in the city for a callback,'" Coffman explained.
So he traveled to New York City and auditioned for the lead role of Elder Price originated by Andrew Rannells, who now stars in "The New Normal" on NBC.
"It went awesome. It was great. So, after I got done singing the second time they said, 'can you come back at 4:30 and tap dance?' And I was like... ah... ah... hmmm... sure," he said. "They said 'oh we know you don't tap dance, but just come back and tap dance.'"
The rest of the audition was memorable, but not for the reason Coffman wanted.
"It was definitely brought me back down to earth because it was horrible, it was an awful tap dancing experience," he said.
His talent -- minus the tapping -- got him a once-in-a-lifetime audition. Now, Coffman just has to wait to see if he will stand in that Broadway spotlight.
"I kind of feel like I've got these stepping stones in place, so I'm ready to go and just try it and see what happens," he said.
Coffman is still waiting to hear if he will be called back for another audition before he moves to New York later this spring.
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