One of Will Chase's first performances was on the stage at Western Hills High School in Frankfort. Since then, he's moved on to leading roles on Broadway. His parents, Jerry and Betty, still live in Frankfort, but they make frequent trips to New York City to see him perform on Broadway.
"I'm always ready to say, 'That's my son up there! Or waiting in line for the restroom, say, 'You know the guy that's playing that? That's my son!'," said Jerry Chase.
Will Chase first moved to Manhattan in the late '90s to pursue a theater career. Yesterday, he got his very first Tony Award nomination for his performance in the musical, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood".
"Will called and he was laughing and crying. He texted me about a quarter to three yesterday and said still in shock," said Chase's mother, Betty.
Chase is actually one of two Frankfort natives nominated. George C. Wolfe grew up there and was nominated for directing. Chase's parents say they always felt he'd be successful due to his confidence and talent. He also says they tried to support his as much as possible.
"I could write a book with just two words - be there. Whatever they do, you be there," said Jerry Chase.