Meet Lauren Tartaglia
Hometown: Port Chester, N.Y.
Saw her first Broadway show, “Starlight Express,” in second grade. … Began performing in community theater in sixth grade (first musical: “The Sound of Music”). … Holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Catholic University of America. … Has trained at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre. … Credits include tours of “Grease” with Frankie Avalon and “Hairspray” and singing on a cruise ship. … Met her husband, Hector, while doing “Hairspray” (it’ll be five years on Oct. 12). … Has performed in several productions of “Jersey Boys,” including Broadway, the first national tour and, since 2007, Las Vegas.… Favorite Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons song: “Who Loves You.” … Possible post-dance career: interior design.
On her affinity for retro rock musicals:
“It’s funny. In college, everyone was giving me a hard time for not doing the traditional musicals. (Laughs) ‘The Music Man’ would have auditions and everyone would go, and I would be like, ‘It’s not me. I know what I’m good at and I know what my voice sounds like and I can’t sing “Shipoopi” for you. It’s not going to work!’ “