TEDxBroadway 2015 Video: Laura Heywood aka @BroadwayGirlNYC

Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 11.27.59 AMEditor’s note: Jim curates TEDxBroadway each year, working with the speakers on their presentations and helping them to answer the question: “What’s the best Broadway can be?” Below is his insight into the process, so you can find out exactly how this informative and inspiring day comes together.

One day late in 2014, I got a fairly cryptic email. Paraphrasing, it said:

“Broadway Girl wants to reveal her identity at TEDxBroadway.”

My mind leapt immediately to Batman, or that last scene in Iron Man, where Tony Stark tells the world press that he’s the man in the metal suit.

Would we be risking national security somehow by doing this?

But in reality, even I didn’t know her (I assumed “her”) identity at this point, so I asked if we could have a phone call and talk it over.

She, Laura Heywood, called me to talk through why she thought that TEDxBroadway was the perfect place for her to come out to the world, take off the mask of the ideal Broadway fangirl, and talk about why she does what she does and why it’s important.

I loved the idea, and I’m delighted we did it. I love that Laura, through her BroadwayGirl persona, spoke and still speaks for the fan and that it’s not about gossip or negativity, but about what makes Broadway (and I’d add, live entertainment overall) great.

Enjoy her coming out party!

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