And here are my selections for the final 5 musicals to begin previews this season:
Previews: March 10 Opening Night: April 7
Chorus Boy: Adam Perry (Ensemble)
Credits: A Chorus Line, Promises, Promises, Wicked
Chorus Girl: Joyce Chittick (Angel/Ensemble)
Credits: Cabaret, The Pajama Game
Why Them: He: Still somewhat new, but with a wide variety of experience in dancing. She: Ms. Chittick is the very definition of "Broadway gypsy" and deserves my undivided attention.
Perry (center) in Broadway Backwards 5
Chittick in Broadway Musicals of '64
Previews: March 21 Opening Night: April 17
Chorus Boy: Derek Ferguson (Ensemble)
Credits: Broadway debut; We Will Rock You, High School Musical National Tour
Chorus Girl: Sae La Chin (Ensemble)
Credits: White Christmas, Fosse, The King and I
Why Them: Aside from a variety of credits, he has toured/danced with Miley Cyrus, Ne-Yo and Paula Abdul, and she has danced as a Radio City Rockette. Both have made a career out of shining in the background without pulling focus from the front!
(Top) The National Tour of Disney's High School Musical
(Bottom) Broadway's Irving Berlin's White Christmas
Previews: March 24 Opening Night: April 20
Chorus Boy: Blake Hammond (Ensemble)
Credits: Hairspray, Elf: The Musical, Kiss Me, Kate
Chorus Girl: Christina DeCicco (Ensemble)
Credits: Broadway debut, Wicked National Tour as Glinda
Why Them: Can these two, who have played major leading roles in two giant musicals, do good work in the background?
He was Pumbaa in The Lion King;
she was Glinda in the National Tour of Wicked
Baby, It's You!
Previews: March 26 Opening Night: April 27
Chorus Boy: Brandon Uranowitz (Ensemble)
Credits: Broadway debut; regional/tour credits: Brighton Beach Memoirs, RENT
Chorus Girl: Alison Cimmet (Ensemble)
Credits: A Tale of Two Cities
Why Them: Two Broadway newbies...
Brandon was in Broadway Bound regionally with Karen Ziemba.
Alison has apppeard in Don't Quit Your Night Job with Marc Kudisch.
The People in the Picture
Previews: April 1 Opening Night: April 28
Chorus Boy: Jeremy Schecter (Ensemble)
Credits: A Chorus Line, The Pajama Game, Beauty and the Beast
Chorus Girl: Megan Reinking (Ensemble)
Credits: Hair, Lestat, Dracula: The Musical
Why Them: Can they go from featured roles to ensemble members? You bet they can!
Both center: he in A Chorus Line; she in Hair
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