Before long, a stereo backstage will be cranked up and the rest of the cast and crew will filter in. "We talk and dance and sing and we go on already warm and happy and excited," says Dlamini.
Snafus are rare, as one might expect for a Tony Award-winning show. But the women recall a few years back around Christmastime when an actress forgot to take off the Santa hat she had put on during intermission. So the audience got to see the song "One by One" performed by dancers in dashikis — and one wearing a Santa hat.
"It's never happened again," says Dlamini, shivering at the thought.
The anniversary of the show has led both women to think about the future. Brown would like to teach one day.
"I think that this is probably my last dancing role," she says. "I've been dancing for about 25 years, so every time I go out I'm kind of savoring it. I love this show, but after this I think I'm probably done."
Dlamini thinks she, too, might be done performing onstage after this, but wants to keep making music. "I don't think I can ever stop singing," she says.
Neither is planning retirement.
"I think I have more years," says Dlamini.
Brown glances at her friend. They smile in agreement.
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