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Case’s Hair castmate, Andrew Kober, introduced the couple at a rooftop BBQ, and four years later he officiated their marriage.
Caissie Levy and Kacie Sheik, also from the Hair tribe, sang them down the aisle, and Case and Connors were surrounded by the love and support of their friends and family on their wedding day.
It’s a day they feel even more grateful for now, after the devastating events in Orlando.
This Pride—in between Case’s performances as Broadway’s most beloved teacher, Miss Honey, in Matilda the Musical—the couple plans to spread the love they’ve received since the start of their relationship.
“When that gate got lifted up,” she says, “and everyone saw me as Angel dressed up, I was like, ‘This is me. Though she was living the dream onstage at New World Stages, offstage she felt incomplete.
“Every single time I came out of the stage [door], I felt like there was some part of me that was missing,” she explains from a coffee shop in midtown Manhattan, looking beautiful in blonde hair and more confident than ever before.
As the emptiness progressed, “I started to look into [the transition process] more,” she continues, “because I knew deep down inside I’m putting on a smile for these wonderful people who see me backstage… It was me that was holding myself back because I felt like I had to fit into this mold of what people want to see.” Rodriguez got into performing at age seven, the same age she began to pray about becoming a female.
I’m not putting it on just to put it on—it’s genuine—but deep down inside, I wish they could see me like the character that was up on that stage. “Then I got into a stage of trying to be content with the person that I was betraying,” she says, until turning 14, when she came out to her parents as “bisexual/gay.”Before talking about how her family took the transition, she proceeds by saying, “My mom is my biggest cheerleader.” It was she who paved Rodriguez’s way to Rent. I may not even get it.’ And she was like, ‘No, you need to audition.’ And then, after that, it just took off…” Telsey Company, the casting company that took off with the 1996 production of Rent and has cast hundreds of productions on and Off-Broadway since (including Hamilton), gave Rodriguez her break.
She enrolled her child in the Summer Youth Performance Workshop at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), where at age 18, Rodriguez was asked to audition for the theatre’s production of Rent and landed the role of Angel. It was “the biggest stepping stone in my life,” she says.
She went on hiatus from social media to start her mental transition and, two-and-a-half months ago, started hormone replacement therapy—nervous, she says, on the day she picked up her pills, but realizing soon thereafter that she made the right choice.
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Technically they’re not a true “Showmance.” Connors works as the Group Strategy Director at the advertising agency Strawberry Frog and founded Pals Socks, a sock brand that sells pairs of creatively mismatched socks to encourage being friends with someone different from you, but she has been welcomed into Case’s Broadway community with open arms.