Local actor determined to get back on stage after accident
9:48 PM, Dec 11, 2013
7:59 AM, Dec 12, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A local actor is in a race against time – and a broken leg – to get back on stage before the Christmas-themed show, in which he is a featured singer, ends its run on December 22.
Bryan LaFave was struck by a car while crossing the street at 39th and Broadway on Tuesday, suffering a broken leg and a concussion and waking up Wednesday morning at Saint Luke's Hospital.
"He said ‘What day is it?' We told him it was Wednesday and he said ‘Well I have to get up. I have a show.'" LaFave's mother Cynthia Burgess recalled her son saying as he came out of surgery this morning.
"He said being in the hospital was ridiculous and he needed to go," Burgess said. "We've already kind of had the discussion that we have a wheelchair we can use, and he would be willing to be rolled out there to sing."
But the show must go on and in LaFave's absence, Musical Theater Heritage has brought on another actor to fill in for upcoming productions of "A Spectacular Christmas."
"Bryan is a dear friend as well as a major part of our production. So we are wrought with worry and concern for him," director Sarah Crawford said. "We want him to be ok and we want him back as soon as possible."
Musical Theater Heritage's executive producer said the company will continue to pay LaFave during the shows he misses, and plans to ask audience members to contribute towards his medical bills. He has no health insurance and his mother said she was moved by the gesture of support from the theater company.
"It's overwhelming to me," Burgess said. "I don't know if he quite understood when I was explaining it to him."
Burgess said La Fave's goal is to make it back on stage before the show's run ends and she'll be there to help push-- literally.
"We'll probably be the ones wheeling him on stage in the wheelchair," she laughed.