FL native flies high in Broadway debut

Kourtni Lind appearing in ‘Spider-Man’

Kourtni Lind is making leaps and bounds theatrically, now appearing on Broadway in the production of “Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark.” The Forest Lake native is a member of the ensemble cast. She dances and is a vocalist in the New York City show. (Photo by Teresa Lee Photography)

Jennifer Mevissen
Community Editor

Forest Lake native Kourtni Lind, 22, is lighting up the stage in “Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark.”

She is part of an ensemble cast in the Broadway show with music and lyrics by 22-time Grammy Award-winners  Bono and The Edge of U2. “Spider-Man” is currently playing at Foxwoods Theatre in New York City. The show opened under new direction in June 2011 after a number of setbacks and cast injuries.

“It’s been a very much talked about production,” Lind said in a telephone interview.

“Spider-Man” finds astonishingly fresh ways to tell a story inspired by over 40 years of Marvel comic books. The musical follows the story of teenager Peter Parker, whose unremarkable life is turned upside-down, literally, when he’s bitten by a genetically altered spider and wakes up the next morning clinging to his bedroom ceiling. This bullied science-geek suddenly endowed with astonishing powers soon learns, however, that with great power comes great responsibility as villains test not only his physical strength but also his strength of character.

Lind not only dances in “Spider-Man” but is also a vocalist. She has eight different costume changes and performs in 11 numbers. In addition, Lind soars through the theater as an aerialist.

“My Broadway debut has me flying over the audiences,” she said.

Lind’s training started early with lessons from her mother, Robin, at Dance Tech Studios in Forest Lake. Kourtni’s credits include the first national tour of “Wicked” and Top 20 in Season 4 of “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Her family was recently in the Big Apple to catch two performances of “Spider-Man.” She says that her favorite number is “A Freak Like Me Needs Company,” in which Kourtni plays the ghost of the Goblin’s dead wife, and is highly featured.

“It’s extra special to know that she got to watch me dance on Broadway after teaching me my entire life,” Kourtni said of her mom.

Throughout the last year, she has instructed choreography and master classes all over the country, was a back up dancer for the upcoming new artist Lily Halpern, and even did a music video for Lupe Fiasco.

Forest Lake native Kourtni Lind is making her Broadway debut. (Photo submitted)

“It seemed however that every time Kourtni was out on these jobs, she would miss the auditions for the things she really wanted to do,” Robin said.

So in December 2011, Kourtni cancelled all her upcoming jobs, took on a job as a food server, and made a commitment to herself that she was going to give it her all to live her lifelong dream.

“We are very proud of her,” Robin said.

Now that Kourtni’s made herself more available, she’ll be auditioning for the role of Constance in the stage production of “Rock of Ages.”