Misty Copeland 'nervous' ahead of Broadway debut

The American Ballet Theatre's principal ballerina is nervous.

Despite the thousands of people Misty Copeland has danced in front of in her 15 year career, it's the lights of the Great White Way that are getting her anxious.

Copeland will be starring in the Broadway production of 'On the Town' at the Lyric Theatre.

"I’m stepping into something that is so far from (ballet.)  I’m not used to memorizing lines and I’m not used to speaking in a format like this. I’m not used to singing. It's two weeks. The unknown is scary to me," said Copeland.

The professional ballerina who became the first African American dancer to be named principal ballerina in ABT history is also one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential people. 

Later this year, Copeland's rise from southern California girl to the echelons of the ballet world will be the subject of a documentary titled, 'A Ballerina's Tale.'

"It is giving you a behind the scenes look at all that it takes to be a ballerina. My journey starting at 13 years old and dealing with a serious injury that could have ended my career," said Copeland.

The film opens in select theaters Oct. 14.