Jesse Swimm is back with another installment of Rehearsal Reports - hear what it was like to rehearse that crazy 360° video, how things are going over at School of Rock, and what we can expect from those kids in the band! YAY!
Not the history OF Broadway, because that's too much for one episode! This is about history ON Broadway: fact and fiction, time periods, historical accuracy, and more! We talk to three Broadway vets about the different ways an ensemblist can play history in a show, how they approach a character based on a real person, the kind of research that might be different, and how design elements help ensemblists find their way to truth in storytelling. Enjoy!
Briana Carlson-Goodman (Hair, Les Misérables, Doctor Zhivago)
Brittney Johnson (Motown The Musical, Les Misérables, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical)
Jon Rua (Hamilton, Hands on a Hardbody, In the Heights)
Hi! In case you missed it, we teamed up with Greg Young and Tom Meyers of The Bowery Boys to put on a really cool concert at 54 Below in September. We got in our time machines (yeah, we have time machines) and put the St. James Theatre in context throughout both Broadway and New York City's histories, from 1927 all the way to today.
Luckily, we didn't have to do it alone: we snagged some of our most fabulous ensemblist friends, all who have performed on the St. James stage, and had them sing music that premiered at the theatre- sometimes even music they premiered! Our amazing guests also told their favorite St. James stories, and we're here bringing those songs and stories to you. Plus, you may hear us do a little singing as well...enjoy!
The Bowery Boys (listen here)
Greg Young and Tom Meyers
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