Why I'll Never Make It - An Actor’s Journey

Carmen Cusack and the Journey to Finding Her Bright Star

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Episode notes

One of the main themes and messages of this podcast has always been that success can mean different things to different people, and how someone gets there, if they get there, seems to take a different path each time. Today’s episode is with someone that I had the privilege of working with in the musical adaptation of First Wives Club back in 2015 in Chicago (with Faith Prince and Christine Sherrill). We were gearing up for a hopeful Broadway transfer that unfortunately never happened.

But Carmen Cusack gave a memorable performance in that show and a few years later went on to star in her Broadway debut of Bright Star and most recently Flying Over Sunset. Her journey to Broadway has been a very unique one – from Denver and Texas to London and Shanghai. But as you’ll hear in her stories, the bumpy road to success is as much a personal journey as it is a professional one...

  • Jazz lounges not Broadway theaters are her true musical home
  • Her tumultuous relationship with Sunday in the Park with George
  • James Lapine and Flying Over Sunset
  • Through the loss of theater during Covid, she finds her musical voice

Find this and more episodes at whyillnevermakeit.com.

Podcast hosted and produced by Off-Broadway actor and singer Patrick Oliver Jones - https://www.pojones.com 


The Backstory of Carmen Cusack and the Final Five Questions

Learn more of the details of her journey from Denver to Broadway, as she chronicles her various roles and milestones. It highlights both the struggle and the joy of her time onstage, and finding the freedom to explore her own voice and artistry. Find it on the WINMI Blog.