"It's been so cool," she told The Associated Press in a recent interview. "I want to know more about what I'm doing, besides being told what to do all the time." A good friend, Jeremy Pope, was in the show and invited Brooks to a rehearsal. She said she was so moved by the story of the young Temptations "living a fully realized life" onstage that she sat down with the lead producers and said, "I can learn from you and I have value in what I can bring."
Ira Pittelman and Tom Hulce gave her a shot. "It's been a great learning experience," Brooks said. "The biggest thing that I learned is to not be afraid to ask for what you need or want. A lot of times we get so stuck by, 'Ooh, this person is so huge. I could never approach that person.' They're either going to say yes or no."