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How TDF Member Teresa Coico Met Hugh Jackman's Dog
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, March 30, 2015  •  
Mon Mar 30, 2015  •  
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Hugh actually let me pet his new dog.
Welcome to Meet the Member, where TDF members let you know which shows they love

Today's member
: Teresa Coico, who joined TDF in 2005. She currently lives in New Jersey and works at Community Education Centers, which runs programs to help prisoners reenter society.

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Mark Blankenship, Editor of TDF Stages
: Hi Teresa! Thanks for talking to me today. I'd love to know… when did you start going to the theatre?

Teresa Coico
: My mom took me to see shows. I remember we used to go to the Radio City Christmas Show, and in high school, I remember I saw Evita with Patti LuPone. And there were certain shows that struck me, so I'd go repeatedly. In the mid-nineties I saw Grease a lot because the actor who played Danny Zuko I knew from my soap opera.

Mark
: Do you still see your favorite shows more than once?

Teresa
: Yes! I have seen quite a few shows numerous times. The last one I loved the most was The Last Ship, and I saw that a lot with TDF. The cast was amazing. The story was about a love triangle and about the father and son, and I loved that. And I thought Sting wrote an absolutely beautiful show.

Mark
: What it does it take for a show to make you a repeat audience member?

Teresa Coico with Andy Karl
Teresa Coico with Andy Karl


Teresa
: Sometimes it's the actors or it just being a lovely show. Sometimes I wanted something that I enjoyed thinking about because I was tired of thinking about other stuff that was happening. I remember specifically when Hugh Jackman was in The Boy From Oz, I bought a ticket for my birthday in June. I was floored, and after it was over, I just went right around and bought more tickets. And then in August I lost my dog. And I'm a big dog person. After I lost him in August, I was at that show constantly until it closed in mid-September.

Mark
: Based on the photos you sent me, it looks like you've met a few Broadway stars! Can you tell me how you got your photos taken with Hugh Jackman and Andy Karl?

Teresa
: Hugh and Andy both know me, as I have been their fan for many years. They know me by name, and I always get a hug and a kiss when I see them. I have been backstage to see both of them also!

Hugh actually let me pet his new dog, Allegra, during The River. Hugh knows I'm a big dog lover, and when he started bringing her to the show, I asked if I could pet her. Someone on the staff usually rushed her in as it was so cold, but one day after I had seen him on the line going in, I never noticed the dog going in. After Hugh passed me and went on to other people, all of a sudden he started calling me and told me to go inside. I was planning to go in anyway as it was so cold, and when I walked in there was a staff member holding the dog so I could pet her. He remembered and told me to go in!

They are both really wonderful men to all their fans, and they have been great to me.

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Note: This conversation has been edited for length and clarity


Photos courtesy of Teresa Coico



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