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From Palm Beach Gardens to Broadway: Dreyfoos School graduate to star in 'Wicked'

Talia Suskauer starts performing on May 24
Posted at 6:28 PM, May 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-04 23:17:16-04

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Singing at her high school graduation ceremony, Talia Suskauer graduated from Dreyfoos School of the Arts in 2014.

"I went right on to college at Penn State University, where I majored in musical theater. Got my degree there four years later, my bachelor’s in fine arts in musical theater and then on to New York," Talia Suskauer told WPTV. "I auditioned for a show, 'Be More Chill,' that was going to be premiering off Broadway."

She continued to Broadway with that same show the following year.

Then in 2019, she auditioned for a major role.

"I auditioned for the national tour of 'Wicked' and was cast for the role of Elphaba," Suskauer said. "Or, for people who have seen the Wizard of Oz, it’s the green witch."

During the pandemic, Suskauer returned to Palm Beach Gardens. But she didn't miss a beat. She was offered the role in Broadway's "Wicked."

She surprised her voice coach from middle and high school with the good news, which she posted on TikTok.

WATCH: Talia Suskauer surprises voice coach

Talia surprise voice coach with good news

"I felt like it was like really, really important to go tell him in person, because he had such a huge role in getting to where I am now," she said.

Suskauer's parents also played a major role in her success.

"They never told me you can't do something," she said.

Her mother is Michelle Suskauer, a legal analyst for WPTV. Michelle Suskauer is a proud mom.

"Unbelievably proud of her and what she has accomplished," Michelle Suskauer said. "She has worked so hard to get where she is today."

It's about perseverance.

Michelle Suskauer proud of daughter's Broadway accomplishment
WPTV legal analyst Michelle Suskauer says she's "unbelievably proud" of her daughter, who will star as the lead role in "Wicked" on Broadway.

"There is a tremendous amount of competition and you have to be able to hear the word 'no' and be OK with it, and get up the next day and do it again," Michelle Suskauer said. "So, it's so exciting. We are going to be going up at the end of this month to watch her walk on stage at the Gershwin Theatre and live her dream."

Talia Suskauer's performance begins on May 24.

"Don't ever let anyone tell you that you can't achieve something that you put your mind to and achieve," she said. "You really can with hard work, dedication and a lot of passion."