The Book of Mormon Announces Lottery Ticket Policy

 

Austin, TX THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, is pleased to announce a lottery ticket policy for the National Tour, which begins Tuesday, April 17 at Bass Concert Hall and plays a limited one-week engagement through Sunday, April 22.  In Austin, the production will conduct a pre-show lottery at the box office, making a limited number of tickets available at $25 apiece.

The wildly popular lottery for the Broadway production has attracted as many as 800 entries at some performances.  The producers of THE BOOK OF MORMON are pleased to offer low-priced lottery seats for every city on the National Tour.

Entries will be accepted at the box office beginning two and a half hours prior to each performance; each person will print their name and the number of tickets (1 or 2) they wish to purchase on a card that is provided. Two hours before curtain, names will be drawn at random for a limited number of tickets priced at $25 each. Only one entry is allowed per person. Cards are checked for duplication prior to drawing. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner. Tickets are subject to availability.

THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, “South Park.” Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q.  The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker.

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Kim Exum, Conner Peirson – The Book of Mormon (c) Julieta Cervantes 2017

THE BOOK OF MORMON is the winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Book (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Direction (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker), Best Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album; four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical, and the Drama League Award for Best Musical.

THE BOOK OF MORMON features set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Brian Ronan.  Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus.  Music direction and vocal arrangements are by Stephen Oremus.

The Original Broadway Cast Recording for THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, is available on Ghostlight Records.

For more information, visit http://www.BookofMormonTheMusical.com

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Finding Neverland Coming to Bass Concert Hall Jan. 16-21

“FAR AND AWAY THE BEST MUSICAL OF THE YEAR!” NPR

BROADWAY.COM’S AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD WINNER FOR BEST MUSICAL!

Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts is pleased to announce that individual tickets for FINDING NEVERLAND on sale now. FINDING NEVERLAND will play Bass Concert Hall January 16 – 21, 2018

Based on the Academy Award-winning Miramax motion picture by David Magee, and the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee, Finding Neverland follows the relationship between playwright J.M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up – one of the most beloved stories of all time. Directed by Tony®-winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Hair) with book by Olivier Award®-nominee James Graham, music and lyrics by Gary Barlow (Take That) and Grammy Award®- winner Eliot Kennedy, and choreography by Emmy Award®-winner Mia Michaels (“So You Think You Can Dance,” Cirque du Soleil’s Delirium), this new musical, packed with mesmerizing visuals, irresistible songs and plenty of laughs, is a timeless story about the power of imagination… and spectacular proof that you never really have to grow up.

The production features scenic design by Tony Award®-winner Scott Pask (PippinBook of Mormon), lighting design by Tony Award®-winner Kenneth Posner (The Coast of UtopiaPippin), costume design by Suttirat Larlarb (Of Mice and Men), sound design by Tony Award®-nominee Jonathan Deans (PippinLa Cage aux Folles), hair and make-up design by Richard Mawbey, projection design by Jon Driscoll, music supervision by Fred Lassen, musical direction by Ryan Cantwell and casting by Stewart/Whitley 

Networks Presentations is the producer of Broadway’s Finding Neverland national tour.  The touring show is solely produced and managed by Networks.

Christine Dwyer as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies in Finding Neverland Credit Jeremy Daniel IMG_3851

WHO: Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts
WHAT: FINDING NEVERLAND
WHEN: January 16 – 21, 2018
Tuesday – Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.
WHERE: Bass Concert Hall | 2350 Robert Dedman Drive | Austin, TX 78712
TICKETS: Start at $30.Tickets are available at BroadwayinAustin.com, texasperformingarts.org, the Bass Concert Hall ticket office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, by phone at (512) 477-6060. For groups of 10 or more, call (877) 275-3804 or email Austin.groups@broadwayacrossamerica.com

For more tour and casting information:
http://www.FindingNeverlandTheMusical.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FindingNeverlandTheMusical
Twitter: @NeverlandBway
Instagram: @FNLmusical

 

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Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel

 

 

The King and I at Bass Concert Hall Dec. 12-17

Ambassador Theatre Group and NETworks Presentations, LLC announce a national tour of The Lincoln Center Theater Production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I, will play Bass Concert Hall in Austin for a limited one-week engagement, December 12-17, 2017. Tickets on sale now.

THE KING AND I directed by Tony Award® Winner Bartlett Sher won four 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Musical.  The production is currently playing an open-ended Broadway run at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65 Street).

Bartlett Sher is reunited with the award-winning creative team from South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza. THE KING AND I has sets by Michael Yeargan; costumes by Catherine Zuber; lights by Donald Holder (all three nominated for 2015 Tony Awards®); sound by Scott Lehrer (2015 Drama Desk Award nomination); and casting by Telsey + Company/Abbie Brady-Dalton, CSA. THE KING AND I features choreography by Christopher Gattelli based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins.

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score which features such beloved classics as Getting To Know You, Hello Young Lovers, Shall We Dance, I Have Dreamed, and Something Wonderful. Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

For more information, please visit http://thekinganditour.com/ https://www.facebook.com/ TheKingandIMusical  https://twitter.com/KingandIMusical.

The cast of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

 

The RENT 20th Anniversary Tour Hits Bass Concert Hall

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.

The show received its world premiere off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop on February 13, 1996 to ecstatic reviews and transferred to Broadway on April 29, 1996. RENT is winner of the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It is one of only six musicals to win both awards.

Based on the original direction by Michael Greif (Tony and Drama Desk Nominations, RENT), Evan Ensign restages this 20th anniversary tour. Marlies Yearby (Tony Nomination, RENT) serves as choreographer.

The RENT 20th Anniversary Tour is produced by Work Light Productions, whose other touring productions include Cinderella, MAMMA MIA!, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Vocalosity, and Crazy For You.

WHAT:              The RENT 20th Anniversary Tour

WHEN:             October 13 – 15, 2017

Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.

 WHERE:           Bass Concert Hall | 2350 Robert Dedman Drive | Austin, TX 78712

TICKETS:         Start at $30. Tickets are available at BroadwayinAustin.com, texasperformingarts.org, the Bass Concert Hall ticket office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, by phone at (512) 477-6060.  For groups of 10 or more, call (877) 275-3804 or email Austin.groups@broadwayacrossamerica.com

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Photo Credit (Featured): (L to R) Skyler Volpe, Kaleb Wells RENT 20th Anniversary Tour, Credit Carol Rosegg, 2016.

Something Rotten! Hits Bass Concert Hall

The completely original new musical Something Rotten! directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin), with music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award and Tony Award nominee Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Tony Award nominees Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author John O’Farrell, opens at the Bass Concert Hall, May 30 – June 4, 2017.

The New York production opened in April 2015 on Broadway and continues performances at the St. James Theatre through January 1, 2017. Three of the current Broadway principals will be reprising their roles on tour: Rob McClure as Nick Bottom, Adam Pascal as Shakespeare and Josh Grisetti as Nigel Bottom.

The award-winning design team of Broadway veterans includes Scott Pask (scenic design), Gregg Barnes (costume design), Jeff Croiter (lighting design), Peter Hylenski (sound design), Josh Marquette (hair design), Phil Reno (music direction / conductor), Glen Kelly (arrangements), Larry Hochman (orchestrations) and casting by Telsey + Company/Bethany Knox, CSA.

From the director of Aladdin and co-director of The Book of Mormon and the producer of Rent, Avenue Q and In the Heights, this hilarious new musical comedy tells the story of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, two playwrights stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar Will Shakespeare. When a soothsayer foretells the next big thing in theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, the Bottom brothers set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! With the most singing, the most dancing and the most gut-busting laughs on Broadway, it’s something wonderful… something for everyone… It’s Something Rotten! “the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years” (Time Out New York)!

With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, Something Rotten! is an uproarious dose of pure Broadway fun and an irresistible ode to musicals — those dazzling creations that entertain us, inspire us, and remind us that everything’s better with an exclamation point!

Track Rambler caught up with Something Rotten! actor Nick Rashad Burroughs to hear more about what fans can expect from the show.

TR: Can you start off by introducing yourself and who you’ll be playing in the musical?

Nick: My name is Nick Rashad Burroughs and I play the Minstrel in Something Rotten!, and he’s the narrator of the show.

TR: Can you introduce us to the play? Give us a sense of what it’s all about without spoiling too much.

Nick: Well, the show is set back in Shakespearean times. It’s about the creation of the very first musical, and so you have these two playwrights dueling, one of them is the great Shakespeare and one is Nick Bottom, who is an upcoming talented playwright. [Nick] is trying to come up with a better idea than Shakespeare so that he [would] be able to provide for his family and beat Shakespeare once and for all. And in that, he comes up with the musical, and with that comes just a bunch of ridiculous parodies, fun, dancing, glitz-and-glamour, and a real appreciation for musical theater.

TR: I can’t even imagine the environment that you’ve immersed yourself in. Can you tell us what it’s been like preparing with all of the cast and crew?

Nick: Well, actually from the very beginning it was so family-based. Rob McClure, who is our leading man, did the show on Broadway and transferred from the Broadway production to the touring company and he knew the ropes and welcomed everyone. He’s just a great leader. We all do everything together. We go snorkeling, and so the rehearsal process started out with a great family environment.

TR: What’s it been like on a personal level? What have you done to get in the mindset of Minstrel? Any rituals or anything like that?

Nick: Well, my character is the first person that the audience sees and so I have to welcome everyone into this world that they don’t really know about. They don’t see anything until I come on the stage, and I come out and I welcome them. I put on a mask of welcoming. I lift my chest up and become inviting. I have a secret, which is the show, that I let everybody in on. I sing the first the song called “Welcome to the Renaissance,” which brings everybody to the show and introduces the setting. Before I go on I smile. I just become this character of happiness.

TR: What do you think people will be saying when they leave? How will they be feeling as they’re walking out?

Nick: I think when people come to the show they get a real appreciation for musical theater and for Shakespeare. I think that’s what people will really take away from it all. It’s about connecting the past and the future. That’s what people will take away from it all.

Nick Rashad Burroughs

Nick Rashad Burroughs

www.RottenBroadway.com

Follow Something Rotten! on Twitter: @RottenBroadway, Facebook, and Instagram.

 

Interview by: Sawyer Click

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA COMING TO BASS CONCERT HALL

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
IN A SPECTACULAR NEW PRODUCTION BY
CAMERON MACKINTOSH

AUSTIN PREMIERE ENGAGEMENT AT BASS CONCERT HALL
April 19 – 30, 2017

Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA opens April 19 – 30, 2017 with Austin’s premiere engagement at Bass Concert Hall. With newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of PHANTOM is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America.

Andrew Lloyd Webber said, “Having received great critical acclaim in the U.K. and North America, I am really pleased that Laurence Connor’s new production of PHANTOM will continue to tour the U.S. playing in tandem with the Broadway production which soon celebrates 30 years.”

Cameron Mackintosh said, “With PHANTOM still the reigning champion as the longest-running production on Broadway after 28 phenomenal years, with no end in sight, I’m delighted that this spectacular new production of PHANTOM has been as well-received in the U.S. as the brilliant original and has already been seen by over 2.5 million people across North America since it opened in November 2013. With an exciting new design and staging, retaining Maria Björnson’s amazing costumes, the new PHANTOM is thrilling audiences and critics alike all over again.”

PHANTOM IS AN ENORMOUS HIT ALL OVER AGAIN!

“POWERFUL, GORGEOUS…AND BETTER THAN EVER.”
-The Philadelphia Inquirer

“EXTRAORDINARILY OPULENT. THIS PHANTOM’S STORYTELLING AND RELATIONSHIPS HAVE AN ELECTRIFYING TENSION.”
-Chicago Sun-Times

“AN INTENSE AND SPECTACULAR NEW PRODUCTION WITH A STUNNING NEW DESIGN, FRESH DRAMA AND ADDED MOMENTUM.” -Sunday Express (U.K.)

“TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND PREPARE TO BE DAZZLED; THIS KIND OF GORGEOUS ESCAPISM IS EXACTLY WHAT AUDIENCES NEED.” -The Scotsman (U.K.)

“THIS PHANTOM IS FOR A NEW GENERATION.”
-Roy Leonard, Chicago Now

Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is presented by Cameron Mackintosh, The Really Useful Group, and NETworks Presentations. Directed by Laurence Connor (who co-directed the new production of Les Misérables that just finished a hugely successful two and a half year revival on Broadway and will start a North American tour in the fall of 2017, directed the award-winning new production of Miss Saigon coming to Broadway in 2017 and national tour in 2018, and also directed the stage version of the movie School of Rock now playing at Broadway’s Winter Garden and opening in London’s West End at the New London Theatre this November), with choreography by Scott Ambler, set design by Paul Brown, Tony Award®-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award®-winner Paule Constable, sound design by Mick Potter, and musical supervision by John Rigby. The production is overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA: music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; lyrics by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe); book by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber; orchestrations by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.

Cameron Mackintosh’s brilliant original production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA continues performances at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London and in its recording-breaking run at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway and many other cities around the world.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. How is the new production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA ‘new’?
Following the 25th Anniversary of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, producer Cameron Mackintosh chose to honor PHANTOM’s worldwide success and its many fans with a new production. He chose a new creative team, including director Laurence Connor (co-director of the New 25th Anniversary Production of Les Misérables) and allowed them the freedom to tell this beloved story utilizing advances in theatrical wizardry. The production retains the beloved music, script, lyrics, and the Tony Award winning costume design by Maria Björnson. Critics have hailed this new PHANTOM as “bigger and better than ever before.”

Theatrical technology has advanced significantly since 1986, when the original production of PHANTOM began. This new production was an opportunity for the creative team to utilize these innovations that were not available or imagined in 1986. These new advances can be found in the lighting, scenic design, pyrotechnics, sound and more!

2. Is this new production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA still the PHANTOM I know and love?
Absolutely! The show, from original producer Cameron Mackintosh, retains the beloved story and score by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The sets, lighting, and sound have been redesigned for this new production, while retaining the original Tony Award-winning costumes. This PHANTOM is as grand and enormous a spectacle as the original and brings a fresh, new design to the stage. This production travels in 20 trucks with a cast and orchestra of 52, making this PHANTOM one of the largest touring productions of a Broadway musical.

3. Is there a chandelier? What will it do?
YES – There is a chandelier which incorporates advances in theatrical technology since 1986, when the original London production opened.
The chandelier and the scene where the Phantom exacts his revenge have been conceived in an exciting new way, utilizing elements on the stage and in the theater house.

4. Are there other special effects in the new production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA – such as the boat, candles, etc?
Christine’s journey into the Phantom’s lair has been completely redesigned and will incorporate a boat and candles in a brand new way. The new set design is by Paul Brown, a well known opera designer. He has created an authentic Paris Opera House environment with unique surprises and thrills for the audience, including the use of pyrotechnics and theater magic throughout the show.

5. What will the music be like in this new production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA?
The entire original score and all the songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber (including “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “Masquerade”) remain completely intact – no changes have been made. The orchestrations have been updated with a fresh and modern feel.

 

Official show site:      www.ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com

Facebook:                  www.Facebook.com/ThePhantomOfTheOpera

Twitter:                      www.Twitter.com/PhantomOnTour

Instagram                   www.Instagram.com/PhantomTour

 

For more information on the production and a video sneak peek, please visit: www.ThePhantomOfTheOpera.com/ustour/

BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL COMES TO BASS CONCERT HALL

BROADWAY’S NEWEST SMASH HIT
BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL

PREMIERES IN AUSTIN AT BASS CONCERT HALL MARCH 21 – 26, 2017

Producers Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing announce that the Tony & Grammy Award-winning Broadway hit Beautiful—The Carole King Musical, about the early life and career of the legendary and groundbreaking singer/songwriter, will make its Austin premiere at Bass Concert Hall on March 21 – 26, 2017.

“Carole King might be a native New Yorker, but her story of struggle and triumph is as universal as they come – and her music is loved the world over,” producer Paul Blake said. “We know that audiences throughout the country will embrace this show just as Broadway and London audiences have.”

With a book by Tony® and Academy® Award-nominee Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni and choreography by Josh Prince, Beautiful features a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil. The show opened on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre (125 West 43 Street) in January 2014, where it has since broken all box office records and recently became the highest grossing production in the Theatre’s history.

The Original Broadway Cast Recording of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (Ghostlight Records), won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and is available on CD, digitally, and on vinyl. Beautiful opened in London at the Aldwych Theatre in February 2015 and launched its First National Tour in September 2015.

Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. Beautiful features a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and the title song.

Check out the recent interview below with Beautiful – The Carole King Musical cast member, Alaina Mills who is cast as Swing; Understudy for the role of Carole King, Cynthia and Genie as well as the Dance Captain in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. This is one busy lady!

1. Tell me about your role in Carole King.

As Dance Captain with Beautiful, I maintain the choreography and the choreographer’s intentions! Doing a show eight times a week is fascinating on the human body and mind. The performers, completely subconsciously, can shift their choreography ever-so-slightly and develop new habits, and they don’t have any idea! It becomes second nature to them, and new movements will pop up- an added flick of the wrist, or getting rid of a detail because maybe there is a small injury they don’t even feel. I have to figure out why that’s happening and try to get it back to its original form, or maybe find a solution if someone is feeling a tweak in their knee, for example. Also, spacing can easily shift and performers are so good at adapting to their surroundings that if one person shifts, before you know it, the whole production number could have shifted. I just tweak here and there. It requires patience and kindness toward everyone’s individual performance since everyone out there is always doing their absolute best. They’re an awesome and receptive company, even when they don’t always know right away what I may be talking about since their subtle changes are so subconscious. As a swing, I perform when someone is ill or on vacation and such. Sometimes it can happen in the middle of the show, unfortunately, but that’s what us swings are there for so that the show can go on and so that our cast mates can go take care of themselves! I understudy Carole, Cynthia, Carole’s mother, and two of the ensemble ladies. I enjoy not knowing what can come next and exploring the different psychologies that make up the lives of the the world of Carole King, including Carole King herself! It keeps my brain constantly working and my body and voice have to be ready at a moment’s notice. It keeps me healthy and keeps me grounded and my parents get to travel around when I’m on for someone they haven’t seen me do yet! I

2. Why do you think the story of Carole King is so popular?

I think the story of Carole King is so very popular because she was one of the voices that helped shape the lives of every person who listened to music at the time. Everyone who grew up with this music has a nostalgia attached when they hear the songs- they remember where they were when they heard one of these songs for the first time. Maybe they got their first kiss, maybe they danced to it in high school, maybe they have a tie to their childhood home listening to the records. The attachments are endless. And all the while, maybe they didn’t know the lives of the songwriters writing tirelessly and endlessly in the Brill Building and/or 1650 Broadway. That was a whole world many didn’t know about. I love hearing the reactions from audience members when they see our show tell the creation of a song they hold dear. Being able to see the genius in these writers’ minds is part of what makes this story so fascinating to watch every night. They were real people who reached a generation, and Carole King kept on reaching when she developed Tapestry. It was a new generation of writing that spoke to and reflected on a changing generation. They were going through Vietnam, they were beginning to experience new and free love without boundaries, and they were free to express both the highs and lows of that love and Carole King invoked that in Tapestry. And this story delves into what inspired her to write that music. I think it inspires all humans who see this story to know that Carole personally went through what a lot of people went and still go through and that through the power of art and the natural human condition, we can all rise up out of difficult times and see how “beautiful” the world is, even when life hands you what you don’t always expect nor always desire. Goodness and beauty can come from anything. And people are reminded of that when they leave the theatre.

3. What is your favorite scene and please describe without giving to much away?

Hmmmm, my favorite scene…that’s difficult! I think it may be the final scene with Gerry Goffin and Carole. It occurs before she makes her big solo debut after Tapestry is released and she’s won Grammy after Grammy for it and she’s prevailed after some extremely tough personal times. This little scene (without giving too much away!), is one of strength, forgiveness, and deep human understanding and connection. That after all Gerry and Carole went through together, after time has passed, and Carole has embarked on a new journey, it was all meant to be and all meant to take pride in. That everything they went through, even in the darkness, ended up providing light and love. It’s so beautiful to watch and it’s so deliciously intimate and a perfectly written cherry on top of our story.

4. What is your favorite song?

My favorite song is also so difficult to pick! I think it may be Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil’s number one hit “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling.” I LOVE the setup of how they wrote it, the unsureness in writing it, and the AWESOMENESS of what it became. And our two Righteous Brothers are pretty darn stellar at it. They fill every theatre and audience member with glorious sound. It’s pretty magical.

5. Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

Everyone who sees this show feels incredible afterward. I remember seeing it on Broadway the first time and I was astounded at the knowledge I gained about the time period and who these people were. Not to mention hearing and seeing these outstanding performances. And I realize how lucky I am to be a part of it and sometimes when I forget that, hearing and seeing the show every day reminds me that no matter what life hands me, and all of us, that it is a beautiful life to be apart of if we let it. That’s what Beautiful-The Carole King Musical leaves you remembering. And that’s an amazing thing to feel walking away from a show. That, and of course, THE SONGS! They’ll be stuck in your head! Come on out and enjoy and feel beautiful!

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TICKETS:       Start at $35. Tickets are available at BroadwayinAustin.com, the Bass Concert Hall box office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, by phone at (512) 477-6060.  For groups of 10 or more, call (877) 275-3804 or email Austin.groups@broadwayacrossamerica.com

 

Interview by: S. Leigh for Macaroni Kid

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus