“I started out as a dramatic actress, so for me, I really felt very comfortable being in a more dramatic role,” she says. So to do ‘Dance Til Dawn’ where I could do more of the dramatic elements of the story, it spoke to more of my foundation.” Producers Sanitsky and Frank Konigsberg, through their Konigsberg/Sanitsky shingle, were looking to make a film that was “multi-character, multi-generational,” Sanitsky says.So while the teenagers were learning lessons about not making assumptions about other people, the parents were reliving their own adolescence through their kids.In 1992, Tracey’s former television mother, Joanna Kearns, introduced her to Roby Marshall.
He credits both Rudolph, who also worked on the score, and Schneider for executing that vision beyond Andrew Guerdat and Steve Kreinberg’s script.
But the casting was also an integral part to the project.
Tracey’s career as an actress started at the age of five when she began working in commercials.
Her first television starring role was as Missy Ann (Sandy Duncan’s character as a girl) in the ABC mini-series Roots.
On the stage she starred in Neil Simon’s I Ought To Be in Pictures at the Tiffany Attic Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri, before performing alongside Bonnie Franklin and Jackee Harry in The Vagina Monologues at the famous Canon Theatre in Beverly Hills.
She also authored Room To Grow, her autobiography, which will be released on Feburary 2003.
For some — namely Edie Mc Clurg and Grammer — it meant following their kid around on prom night to make sure she didn’t get into the kind of trouble they had, while for others, such as Mary Frann and Cliff De Young, it was about reevaluating the relationship they started in high school that had changed drastically in the subsequent years.
Sanitsky says the late Konigsberg used to talk about invoking Ingmar Bergman’s “Smiles of a Summer Night” — a comedic movie featuring an ensemble with romantic complications who spend a night at a country house to “sort themselves out” — while he kept invoking the universality of problems that come with a prom, such as “Do you have a date?
In 2000, she starred in Growing Pains The Movie, ABC’s highest-rated television movie of the year.