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Broadway stars raise family on the road

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As their careers continued to grow, so did their love for each other. The two lovebirds got married and then had Wren. As their careers continued to grow, so did their love for each other. The two lovebirds got married and then had Wren.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Steve Blanchard and his 3-year-old daughter take a ride down the giant Radio Flyer wagon at Riverfront Park Wednesday. 

Being a father is by far Blanchard’s most important role, but the seasoned Broadway actor has played dozens of others, including a Beast. But unlike the story we all know, he didn't marry the princess.

"He was the Beast and I was Babette,” said actress Meredith Inglesby. “And he married the maid not the princess."

Blanchard and Inglesby met when they were cast members in Beauty & The Beast. A little more than a year later, their fairy tale began.

"I courted her,” said Blanchard. “I was very adamant about courting her, as opposed to hey, you want to go out sometime?"

As their careers continued to grow, so did their love for each other. The two lovebirds got married and then had Wren.

"She was actually born on the road so I guess you could say she was born in the trunk," said Blanchard.

Since then, Wren has been raised on the road; most recently during the Broadway hit Newsies, where her parents share the same stage.

"It's just like anywhere,” said Inglesby. “Your job is at night so you're busy in the day and we get a sitter at night."

"It's her normal,” added Blanchard. “There is no abnormal, it's her normal."

Blanchard and Inglesby say raising a daughter in hotel rooms and plane rides can be challenging, but they’ve had a lot of help along the way.

"We've actually carried her on stage with us and the state manager team will shut down the production so she's safe so we can carry her."

Now that's a supporting cast.

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