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Texas Christian University Grad Makes Good on Broadway Promise

BenThompsonMatildaNice piece by Samantha Calimbahin, a communications student at Texas Christian University, about another one-time denizen of TCU’s halls. She profiles Class of 2003 grad and current NYC theater star Ben Thompson (pictured).

Thompson debuted on the Great White Way via 2010′s American Idiot. This season, at least until Christopher Sieber‘s broken wrist fully heals, he’s donning the fat suit daily to portray fearsome Miss Trunchbull in Matilda the Musical (Time‘s Top Play/Musical of 2013).  As Calimbahin documents, it is for Thompson a dream fully and impressively realized:

When Thompson performed at his [TCU] senior jury, his jurors asked: “What do you want to do?”

“I’m moving to New York. I’m going to be on Broadway,” said Thompson.

A week after graduation, Thompson said he packed up his things in Fort Worth, made a stop in Tulsa and then drove straight to New York — all within a three-day span.

Thompson was on an athletic track at TCU until he found himself in the cast of Jesus Christ Superstar. At that point, for the first time, he says he began looking forward to TCU class and found his life’s ambition. Read the rest of the TCU360 article here.

[Photo courtesy: Matilda the Musical]

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