I grew up in a place I renamed Angel Wood – Englewood, New Jersey. Wonderful artists such as Dizzy Gillespie lived there; and it was one of the first American cities to integrate schools across race, religious and class lines, thanks to parents getting together to demonstrate for it in the late 1950s and early 1960s. We would go to church and synagogue as well; it was a beautiful legacy.
I went to school with John Travolta and Ernie Isley, one of the Isley Brothers; the three of us would go ice-skating together and John’s mother directed the first show I was in, a high-school production of My Fair Lady in which I played an urchin at 14. I wanted to