Kara Lindsay made her Broadway debut in Disney’s Newsies in 2011. While the show is based on the 1992 film, Kara played Katherine Plummer, a character original to the stage version of the show. Luckily, Kara’s performance was preserved on film, and you can buy it digitally on iTunes or Amazon. Kara’s portrayal of Katherine in Newsies is full of pluck, charm, and energy. Her performance of “Watch What Happens” is the highlight of the show.
The musical follows Princess Anne (Stephanie Styles) of an unnamed European country who decides she needs a taste of how non-royals live as she ends her European tour in Rome. Anne runs away from her country’s embassy and happens upon a reporter for American News Service, Joe Bradley (Drew Gehling). Sensing a story, Joe takes Princess Anne on a tour of Rome. Joe also invites along his friend Irving (Jarrod Spector), a photographer, to take photos to accompany his news story. Continue reading
I’ve been a huge fan of Sara Bareilles’ music since the first time I heard “Love Song” on the radio. When I heard that she was writing a musical, I knew that I had to see it. The music Sara writes has a beautiful storytelling quality that I knew would lend itself well to musical theater.
When I saw Waitress at the ART in Cambridge, the show’s score entranced me. It sounded just like the Sara Bareilles music that I loved so much. The music that Sara wrote for Waitress ranges from upbeat and funny to heartbreaking and poignant. She has a unique ability to write music that can move anyone who hears it.
Three years ago, my dad took me to see If/Then on Broadway for my birthday. At the stage door, I remember thinking about how warm and friendly Jenn Colella was to everyone who she talked to about the show. I also remember thinking how cool it was that she rode away from the stage door on a scooter.
I first fell in love with Mandy Gonzalez’s voice in high school as I listened to her as Nina on the cast recording of In the Heights over and over again. Nearly 10 years later, I still can’t listen to Mandy sing “Everything I Know” on the cast album without crying. That is a testament to the pure power of her voice.
Before Mandy was in In the Heights, she made her Broadway debut in one of my favorite musicals: Aida. She understudied the role of the Egyptian princess, Amneris, and eventually took over the role.
On May 2, Christopher Jackson and Jane Krakowski announced the nominees for the 71st Tony Awards. In a season that was so full of incredible new musicals, it would have been impossible for the nominating committee to recognize every worthy performance. Here are a few of this season’s performances that blew me away but did not get nominated for Tony Awards. Continue reading
When I realized that Eva Noblezada is only 21 years old, my jaw dropped. Eva, who plays 17 year old Kim in Miss Saigon, is remarkably classy and articulate. It doesn’t hurt that she has a hint of a British accent after living in London for three years.
I saw Eva’s performance in Miss Saigon, and she blew me away. She commits 100% to every single one of her scenes. She sings an incredibly difficult score beautifully and breaks the audience’s heart as she delves into the pain and trauma that Kim faces.