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Theatre student makes top 10 in ‘Search for Roxie’

Megan Meyer, a theatre major, is one of 10 women up for the role of Roxie on Broadway.

Roxie is a character in “Chicago,” a Broadway show is set in the 1920s. The show revolves around two women who are on death row for killing their significant others.

Thousands of young women auditioned for the role of Roxie, but Meyer made the top 10.

Choices are now being narrowed down by the general public, which get to vote on a website created by the show’s producers.

If Meyer makes it to the final three, she will be flown out to New York for an in-person audition.

Those who audition in New York will meet Charlotte D’Amboise, who has played Roxie in more than 3,000 Broadway performances.

“I have many musical theater idols, one being Charlotte D’Amboise,” Meyer said. “If I get to the top 3, I actually get to meet her, and I will probably have a meltdown.”

Meyer said was excited for the opportunity she has been given.

“Roxie has been a dream role of mine,” she said. “I’ve never actually had the chance to play her. I auditioned once when I was 21 and didn’t get the role, but I was a lot younger and probably not as fit for the role as I am now.”

Meyer talked about her love for “Chicago.”

“I have loved the musical since I was a kid,” she said. “My dad bought me the CD when I was 10, and I grew up singing all the songs. It’s an amazing musical.”

Meyer said she has been in more than 50 shows since the age of 5.

She also gave recognition to those who have helped her grow in her theater career.

“I have had many mentors throughout my life,” she said. “I had an amazing voice teacher, Bob Nance, for 15 years, and then many teachers at (American Musical and Dramatic Academy) and SVSU.”

Tommy Wedge, an SVSU theatre professor who has worked with Meyer before, said he has high hopes for her.

“Megan is singularly dedicated to each moment she has onstage,” Wedge said. “That attention to detail and discipline for the craft is incredible to witness, and as a director, makes it a joy to work with her.”

Wedge talked about Meyer’s Broadway aspirations.

“If you look at her audition video alongside her competitors’, Megan has given the casting team every reason to hire her,” he said. “I just hope the public voting pushes her over the finish line for this well-deserved role.”

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