TODAY | November 18, 2012
>>> performing on broadway can be the thrill of a lifetime , i hear. jenna got the chance recently sharing the spotlight with none other than matthew broderick and she is here with more.
>>> a great time. here is the deal, when i was 10 i wrote a paper on what i wanted to be when i grew up. i couldn't decide between a comedian, waterski instructor or actress. to be on broadway for one night, even for five seconds, insane. if they asked if i would join them, i nearly fell out of my chair. bright lights, big city , and broadway . this, ladies and gentlemen , is how the pros do it. nice work if you can get it
>> and then way, way, way down that ladder is how the wannabes do it. i'm on broadway . it's for one night and for one line but i am on broadway and you can't take me off until the show is over. and then i have to get off. i'm going to make my debut tonight.
>> i know.
>> it's my broadway debut . i've never said that before. i'm making my broadway debut tonight.
>> do you have any stage experience?
>> experience, it's so overrated. luckily i would be sharing the stage with actors who have done this once or twice before, high-class scene stealer matthew broderick and kelly o'hara. wonderful, marvelous
>> do you ever get nervous?
>> i do get nervous. i still get nervous. and if anything goes wrong i get nervous.
>> do you really?
>> i have to pay attention so the moment doesn't pass.
>> does that happen?
>> sure. somebody else will talk and before you know it you'll miss it.
>> hey, my line. my line. i need my line.
>> say it nice and loud. i wouldn't worry too much about, you know, making sense. just scream it out right on time.
>> all right.
>> maybe look at the awed yeudience while you say it.
>> very important things.
>> i'm very good at this.
>> how does one prepare to share the stage with matthew broderick ? by hanging out with someone who has shared the stage with matthew broderick for over 200 performances, the lovely kelly o'hara.
>> oh, my gosh.
>> tell me.
>> i don't want to sound unprofessional but it's so bad.
>> tell me.
>> so bad.
>> this is what i want to hear.
>> we have these wings on the stage. you don't know the hijinks happening.
>> how often do you lose it and just start cracking up on stage?
>> at least once a night but sometimes several times a night.
>> with that i knew i found my new home, well, minus one tiny, little detail, you know, the whole singing and dancing think. you say either and i say either you say neither and i say either either, neither let's call the whole thing off
>> one, two, one, two, three. broadway .
>> you're already on broadway . you've got it, girl.
>> it was off to rehearsals.
>> you sit down. all the ladies say hi, jimmy.
>> hi, girls.
>> we were just in the neighborhood.
>> gee, i probably shouldn't. did you bring your swimsuit?
>> who needs a swimsuit?
>> i like where this is going. right, one, two, left, and then double time . left and right.
>> when is our five-minute break?
>> in 55 minutes.
>> okay. you were magnificent in the park.
>> that's it. stop talking and i'm going to go. that's perfect. i'm magnificent. with a matthew broderick stamp of approval and nerves of anything but steel, it was time to transform into chorus girl . 1920s , nice work if you can get it.
>> oh, for crying out loud.
>> hi, jimmy.
>> hi, girls.
>> we were just in the neighborhood and wondered if you'd care to go for a swim.
>> gee, i probably shouldn't. did you bring your swimsuits?
>> oh, jimmy, who needs a swimsuit?
>> i like where this is going. when music is play iing
>> the most exhilarating thing i've ever done. i'm not even kidding. it's so exciting. i want more. i will say we often do pieces where, you know, sometimes you have to add a little more or a little bit less to show your reaction to something. pure, pure joy for this. everything you saw was as i was reacting to it. it was the most fun i've had. matthew and kelly were so fantastic, the crew, the girls, it was amazing. it was amazing.
>> and the left right thing kind of works. or is it right left?
>> two things i have trouble with, containing my excitement, left right. and the either thing.
>> i bought it hook, line and sinker. i loved it. it's great.
>> it was so --
>> what an experience.
>> "law and order" recently.
>> if you combine the two, i said a combined eight words. right on.