A Filipino-American actress is living her American dream as she stars in a new Broadway musical.
Catherine Ricafort originated a role and made it her own in the popular Broadway show “Honeymoon in Vegas”, a romantic comedy which stars Rob McClure, Brynn O’Malley and Tony Danza.
McClure plays a New Yorker named “Jack” who has an extreme fear of marriage.
When he finally had the courage to do so, tying the knot in Las Vegas with his fiancé “Betsy” (played by O’Malley), Tommy Korman (played by Danza), comes into the picture to steal Jack’s future wife who resembles his dead ex-wife.
“Honeymoon in Vegas” is based on a 1992 movie of the same title and Pat Morita’s character in the movie, “Mahi-mahi’, inspired Ricafort’s female stage version she originated now named “Mahi.”
“I wanna play a big role on Broadway. Not only that, I want to be the first one to create that role. That’s a huge honor in this field, and here I am doing it now. I’m living my dream now,” Ricafort said.
Ricafort was last seen on Broadway in “Cinderella” and “Mamma Mia.”
Ricafort also originated the role of “Cherish”, in the web series and stage version of the musical “Prison Dancer.” She was first noticed as the featured soloist of “The Backbeats” in NBC’s The Sing Off Season 2.
Ricafort said she wants to push the boundaries for Asian actors in Broadway.
“I’m very proud that I’ve done shows that don’t only cast Asians. We have a strong community here of Asian American actors and I think that something we have in common is you have to not label yourself, you can’t typecast yourself,” she said.