Celia Berk remembers that moment vividly. The moment when she knew exactly what she wanted to do the rest of her life – sing… but not just sing … sing on stage, and sing on a New York stage. Her moment is now here, just a few years later than she originally thought.
She was in sixth grade and her mother took her to see the great Ethel Merman in what was one of her final performances. Merman was doing a revival of Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun at Lincoln Center, and Berk was blown away. “She was absolutely amazing. I bought a souvenir program and when I got home, I crossed out Ethel Merman’s name and put my name in her place.”
Sort of like the business owners who write themselves a check for a million dollars before they’ve made any money, knowing that one day, they’ll be able to cash that inspirational check, Berk would look to the program occasionally as inspiration. (more…)