In 2000, 7-year-old Katheryne Penny accompanied her parents to the La Jolla Playhouse to take in her first musical. She had no idea how large the moment would loom in her future.
“That’s what solidified my want to be on Broadway,” said Penny of “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” which went on to snag the 2002 Tony Award for best musical. It had such an impact on Penny, she begged her parents to take her a second time, on Broadway, then successfully lobbied La Jolla High School to stage it as her senior play in 2011.
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Weirdly enough, Penny had to return to La Jolla from Manhattan — where she currently resides in what she swears is a...