Heather Headley known for portrayal of Nala in the musical The Lion King. She later earned a Tony Award for Aida and a Grammy for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel. I Wish I Wasn’t
Jerry Nunn: Hi, Heather. It was great seeing you perform this evening for the Goodman Theatre benefit.
Heather Headley: I was glad to do it. It is so important to raise money and help the arts out.
JN: I listened to a remix of your song “I Wish I Wasn’t” on a Pride sampler somewhere.
HH: I have heard it. It was like “I I I I I I Wish Wish Wish.”
JN: Well, you could always make a big gay dance record.
HH: That could be fun.
JN: Is there a Broadway show that you would like to do but haven’t?
HH: Oh yes. I get song-envy all the time. I did get to have my dream role. If could pick one then I would have to say Maria in the Sound of Music. But I had the best role in the whole world. To play Nala was the best. But yes, I think of other stuff and think that would be nice to play.
JN: The Lion King is coming to Chicago.
HH: That’s what I hear. It’s back, yeah!
JN: It could keep going forever. You can bring your son to the show.
HH: That’s the thing I was talking to someone about just the other day. I can hardly wait for the moment that I have yet to have. I will bring him in the theatre and say, “I did that.” I am sure he will say, “No, you didn’t!” But I am looking forward to that day anyways.
JN: You were so great performing your standards tonight. Thanks for the quick chat.
HH: Thanks for reminding me about that remix!