Broadway actress turned country artist Brooke Moriber shows love for two cities in “This Town Made Us”


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The morning started like every morning for Brooke Moriber. The teenage actress so far best known for her Broadway work woke up, walked to the bathroom, and wearily prepared to stare at her reflection in the mirror.

But when she opened her eyes, she saw nothing.

“I couldn’t see my face at all,” Moriber, now in his mid-thirties, told PEOPLE in a recent interview. “I knew the mirror was there, but I couldn’t see anything in it. And then I turned around and all I saw was splashes of color. It was that suffocating feeling of falling on you. – even. And I fell to the ground., and I started to cry for my mother… and God. “

Soon Moriber would find himself in the Mount Sinai Eye and Ear Infirmary in New York City, being diagnosed with uveitis pars planitis, a rare eye disease that would require large doses of chemotherapy and steroids to be treated. What if she decides not to follow this route of treatment, she risked going blind.

Suddenly all his dreams seemed to fade away.

But today, Moriber not only finds herself overcoming the effects of her illness, but finds herself pursuing a career she once could only dream of… a country music career that kicks off with her debut release on Reviver Records, her new one. single “This Town Made Us.”

“It’s a song about hometown pride and resilience,” she explains.

Growing up right across from Washington Square Park in the heart of Lower Manhattan, Moriber was exposed to all forms of music from a young age and always knew in her heart that she wanted to be some kind of performer.

“Singing was my way of communicating when I was a kid,” recalls Moriber, whose mother worked professionally as an actress. “I begged my parents to let me start auditioning when I was very young.”

That’s exactly what Moriber did, scoring his first audition at just 8, ultimately landing the role of Young Cosette in Wretched on Broadway.

“The first performance I had, I remember realizing the audience was there and I heard the music start and I almost ran off the stage,” she laughs. “The stage manager must have stopped me. But once I started singing it was amazing.”

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Moriber would go on to star in a total of seven Broadway shows as well as various parallel television and film works, some of which she was doing while still grappling with the repercussions of her eye disease.

“I have had so many surgeries and laser treatments,” she recalls. “There was a treatment where I had to be awake for it. And it was so painful. I was screaming and my parents were at the door knocking on the door because they can hear him screaming and the doctor. didn’t let them in. It was a nightmare. “

Moriber would soon find solace in his journals, writing about his experiences but finding ways to take his pain and put it to song. And soon, after a four-year battle with her eye disease, Moriber found herself in remission and armed with a very clear vision of who she wanted to be and how she was going to get there.

She moved to Nashville.

“I really believe music is what brought me to the other side,” said Moriber, who has long been inspired by Jennifer Nettles, Ingrid Andress, Brandi Carlile and her idol Linda Ronstadt.

Brooke Moriber

Brooke Moriber

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And somewhere among the 884 miles between her New York home and her adopted home in Nashville, Moriber found herself. It was there that she also found “This Town Made Us”.

“I remember returning to New York just a day before tornadoes hit Nashville in March 2020,” Moriber recalls. “And then a week later the pandemic swept through New York and it broke my heart as well.”

Three months later, “This Town Made Me” saw the light of day, with Moriber and co-writers Bill DiLuigi and Cassandra Kubinski. drawing from Moriber’s love and concern for his two hometowns.

“It’s a song for anyone, anywhere who is proud of where they come from,” she concludes. “It’s all about faith and the human spirit. I think there is something about all of us that we don’t realize how strong we really are.”


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