The star of timeless musical My Fair Lady tells us whether she’d like to re-join the Grammy-winning rock group she helped form
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Unless you’ve been actively following the American Broadway theatre scene or are an avid discoverer of fresh-faced New York-based singers, chances are you wouldn’t be acquainted with Aurora Florence, the star of timeless musical My Fair Lady, now playing at Marina Bay Sands (MBS) until March 2.
But did you know the musical theatre graduate was one of the founders and original members of Grammy-winning rock outfit Imagine Dragons (best known for their chart-topping singles ‘Radioactive’ and ‘Demons’)?
Together with the band’s lead singer Dan Reynolds and her cousin Andrew Beck, Aurora formed the group in 2008 and they garnered a fan base in Utah, where they started out. However, when Dan wanted to move back to his hometown in Las Vegas, Aurora left after about a year as pianist, violinist and backing vocalist.
“I wanted to continue with school [at Brigham Young University, Utah] so we went our separate ways,” she told us during an interview at yesterday’s My Fair Lady media session at MBS. She added that the former band mates still keep in touch even now that Imagine Dragons has found international success and has a string of renowned accolades under its belt.
“They’re huge now and I’m really happy for their success,” she enthused. So is there a possibility of her reuniting with the group, even just as a guest performer? “That would be great, hopefully that happens some time.”
(Continued on next slide: Aurora takes on the iconic role of Eliza Doolittle)