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Thursday, December 1, 2011
Broadway Boys: December 2011: The Athens U Men's Basketball Team
Mr. December 2011
The Athens University Men's Basketball Team
WHY THEY ARE MR. BROADWAY:It's hard enough to have a 30 year in a row losing streak, isn't it? But to have a cheerleading squad that won't put out seems like cruel and unusual punishment. Then, on top of it all, they have to flaunt it in front of a sports fan's toughest audience 8 times a week on BROADWAY. Five of the eight guys on the squad are making their Broadway debut, which alone is reason to celebrate. Let's celebrate another new musical opening - the last of 2011 - Lysistrata Jones, starring The Athens University Men's Basketball Team. GO SPARTANS!
Age: I'm going out on a limb here and guess that all 8 of them are 20-somethings.
Credits: Broadway debut! Off-Broadway: The Boys Upstairs, The Harmonious of Harmony; TV: The Electric Company, Homeland; Film: Blood Night
Education: NYU, Tisch School of the Arts
TOP: The Electric Company
BOTTOM: TV's Vampire Bats
Jason Tam (Mascot, Xander)
Credits: Broadway: A Chorus Line, Les Miserables; NY Workshops: Clueless, Allegiance, The Yellow Wood; TV: One Life to Live; Film: Every Little Step
Every Little Step
A Chorus Line
Alexander Aguilar (#33, 'Uardo)
Credits: Broadway debut! Regional: The Light in the Piazza, The Producers, Annie Get Your Gun (with Patti LuPone); Film: Were the World Mine
Were the World Mine
Ato Blankson-Wood (#8, Tyllis)
Credits: Broadway: Hair; West End: Hair; Off-Broadway: Hair; Film: It's Kind of a Funny Thing
Time Out New York: The Cast of Hair (far left)
Hair in Central Park
Teddy Toye (#7, Harold)
Credits: Broadway debut! National Tour: Disney's High School Musical; Regional: The Last Smoker in America, Spring Awakening, TV: One Life to Live, The View
Charlie Brown in You're a Good Man, Charlie BRown
The Last Smoker in America
Alex Wyse (#28, Cinesias)
Credits: Broadway debut! Off-Broadway: Mrs. Sharp (Playwrights Horizons); Regional: Lost in Yonkers, Speech and Debate; International: Academy (South Korea); TV: Bored to Death; NYMF 2010 composer and lyricist.
Lost in Yonkers (Papermill Playhouse)
Speech and Debate
Charlie Sutton (Bench Warmer)
Credits: Broadway: Catch Me If You Can, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, The Addams Family, La Cage aux Folles, Cry-Baby, Wicked; Off-Broadway: On the Town (encores!); Regional: Minskys; National Tour: AIDA; Film: I Am Legend, The Producers
Opening Night at Cry-Baby
Jared Zirilli (Bench Warmer)
Credits: Tour: Wicked; Off-Broadway: Winner Take All, Peter and I; Regional: The Light in the Piazza, RENT, AIDA, Altar Boyz; Film: 3 of a Kind; TV: Pan Am Education: Ithaca Internet: www.jaredzirilli.com
Altar Boyz (center)
Lysistrata Jones and Mick
Tyllis, 'Uardo and Cinesias
Two cheerleaders and a bench warmer
THE TEAM IN ACTION:
Locker Room Strategizing
Locker Room Hi-jinx
The Team vs. The Cheerleaders
Photos from the off-Broadway production. Team practice photos from Broadway.com. Various other pictures from actor websites, Getty Images, and LysistrataJones.com.
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