SUMMER SERIES: HOW ANSWERS4DANCERS HELPED MY CAREER
This summer we’re continuing to focus on Answers4dancers members who found career success by being active here. Now they enjoy careers they only dreamed of not so long ago. In this edition, meet Darrell and Brandon. Two dancers who began dancing after they graduated from high school…
DARRELL PAYNE: ‘I decided I wanted to dance professionally after performing in my high school’s musical productions. So I started training and taking classes the summer after graduating. About nine months later, I auditioned and got accepted into a program at The Ailey School.
As a result of the knowledge I’ve acquired on Answers4Dancers, I’ve been able to perform in shows including Hairspray, Cats, Chicago, and After Midnight. A4D has been extremely instrumental in my growth and helped me make the transition from student to professional dancer.
I have also enjoyed the Member Meet-Ups, which allow members to meet and talk in person. Getting to know other members face-to-face enables us to support each other even more… in class, at auditions, or on jobs that we’ve booked. It’s always nice to see a familiar face and have that extra bit of support!
In addition to access to hundreds of auditions, Answers4Dancers has provided me with useful information including the importance of versatility, how to prepare for an audition, and what choreographers and directors are looking for in dancers who they hire.’
BRANDON HUDSON: ‘Answers4Dancers came into my life at a time when I was honestly just tying to figure stuff out. I had relocated to New York City from a small town in Illinois. I was new to the city and needed more insight into this career. With A4D, I not only found auditions, but I got to see fellow dancers booking work. Soon I became friends with other members.
It was great to feel like I was part of a family with other dancers. What I didn’t expect was that Grover Dale and Nancy Dann would be behind the scenes working hard to make sure I was being supported in all my projects. This kind of personal attention helped me focus my energy and reminded me of my other abilities like music projects I worked on.
Grover was very adamant about showing and discussing my work at our Member Meet Up. It’s not often that you get one-on-one feedback and encouragement like that, especially from someone like Grover who is so important in the business.
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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE RECAP: WELCOME TO THE ACADEMY After five weeks of auditions, 79 performers made their way to The Academy. There were four rounds of choreography: hip-hop with Luther Brown, ballroom with Dancing with the Stars pros Emma Slater and Sasha Farber, contemporary with Talia Favia, and the group round will be next week with Emmy winner extraordinaire Mandy Moore. Luther Brown kicked off the first round with hard-hitting moves and a chance to showcase personalities. Even some of the hip-hop dancers struggled and two actually tried to walk off the stage during their audition. Boy, did they hear it from Nigel. Ten dancers were cut leaving 69 to advance to the ballroom round. Emma and Sasha taught a cha-cha dance filled with tricks. This was the point where we said goodbye to fan fav Sarah 'Smac' McCreanor, who Mary called the ‘Lucille Ball of Dance,’ because her lack of technique was clearly visible. She just couldn’t compete at a level needed to remain in the competition. The field was now reduced to 54 dancers when Talia Favia taught the contemporary round choreography. She created an intricate routine that challenged many of the dancers. The remaining dancers will advance to the group performance round and will work with Mandy Moore next week. And, by the end of next week’s show, we will meet the Top 10 men and Top 10 women who will make it to the live shows. Will your favorite survive? Tune in next week to find out!
BILLY PORTER, FOSSE/VERDON AMONG 2019 PRIMETIME EMMY NOMINEES Nominations for the 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards were revealed on July 16. The list includes the Broadway-themed miniseries Fosse/Verdon and Tony-winning actor Billy Porter of Pose. The 71st Primetime Emmys will air on September 22 on ABC. Broadway veteran Porter, a Tony winner for Kinky Boots, earned his first Emmy nomination as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his fiery turn as Pray Tell on Ryan Murphy's Pose. The series was also Emmy-nommed in the Outstanding Drama Series category. Fosse/Verdon, the hit series which charted the romantic and professional partnership between Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon, was nommed in the Outstanding Limited Series category, with headliners Sam Rockwell and Tony nominee Michelle Williams nominated as Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Limited Series or Movie. Fosse/Verdon was produced by Tony-winning Hamilton collaborators Lin-Manuel Miranda and Andy Blankenbuehler. Bruce Springsteen earned an Emmy nomination in the category of Variety Special (Prerecorded) for the Netflix release of his sold-out Broadway concert Springsteen on Broadway. If he wins, he will be named an EGOT, winner of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. Tony winner James Corden, upcoming star of The Prom screen adaptation, was nominated in the Outstanding Variety/Talk Series category for his Late Late Show.
TICKETS ON SALE FOR NEW BROADWAY STAGING OF WEST SIDE STORY Tickets are now on sale for the Broadway revival of West Side Story from Tony-winning director Ivo van Hove. The production will begin previews on December 10, 2019 ahead of an official opening night set for February 6, 2020 at the Broadway Theatre. Leading the West Side Story cast will be Isaac Powell (Once On This Island) as Tony, Shereen Pimentel (current Julliard student) as Maria, Amar Ramasar (Carousel) as Bernardo, Yesenia Ayala (Carousel) as Anita, and Ben Cook (Mean Girls) as Riff. It will also feature A4D member Marlon Feliz who will be making her Broadway debut. Instead of using Jerome Robbins’s choreography, which has defined West Side Story for decades, this production will be choreographed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. The original West Side Story opened on Broadway in 1957 and featured A4D founder Grover Dale as Snowboy.
JACOB DICKEY NEW TITLE STAR OF BROADWAY’S ALADDIN Current Aladdin ensemble member Jacob Dickey took over the title role in the Tony-nominated musical on July 16, replacing Ainsley Melham, who took his final bow at the New Amsterdam Theatre on July 14. Dickey had covered the roles of Aladdin and Kassim in the Broadway production. He also spent time playing the title role on the North American tour. Based on the hit Disney animated film, Aladdin features a book by Chad Beguelin, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and additional lyrics by Beguelin. The production is directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw with music supervision by Michael Kosarin.
HARRY STYLES TAPPED TO PLAY PRINCE ERIC IN LIVE-ACTION LITTLE MERMAID Harry Styles, strong-voiced band member of One Direction and featured star of the major motion picture Dunkirk, is in early talks to portray Prince Eric in the upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. Tony and Oscar nominee Rob Marshall is at the helm of the film, which was recently announced to star Halle Bailey as Ariel. While the original 1989 animated Little Mermaid didn't feature songs for Prince Eric, the 2008 Broadway musical, featuring Sean Palmer, introduced a pair of solos for the role. Composer Alan Menken, who won a pair of Oscars for his contributions to the animated film and was Tony-nominated for the stage show's new songs, is updating the score, which will feature a fresh number with lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Lea Michele is ringing in the 2019 holiday season with a starring role in an original TV movie titled Same Time, Next Christmas. Michele will play Olivia Henderson, a young woman who met her childhood sweetheart during her family's annual Christmas visit to Hawaii. After being separated by distance and years, the two reunite at the same Hawaii resort years later and their old chemistry flares up anew…
WHOOPI GOLDBERG ANNOUNCES REWORKED U.K. STAGING OF SISTER ACT Whoopi Goldberg, the stage-and-screen star who played the role of Deloris Van Cartier in the 1992 film Sister Act and produced the 2011 Broadway musical adaptation, has announced a new production of the Tony-nominated tuner, set to arrive in the U.K. next spring. It will star West End actress Brenda Edwards who rose to fame from her appearance on The X Factor. Edwards will be taking on a reworked version of Deloris, newly written for an older actress. Sister Act features an original score by Alan Menken (music) and Glenn Slater (lyrics) with a book by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner, and additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane. Edwards has appeared in the West End and on tour in We Will Rock You, Chicago, Carousel, Carmen Jones, Moby-Dick, and Hairspray.
SARA BAREILLES’ BROADWAY MUSICAL WAITRESS WILL END ITS RUN
The beloved Broadway musical Waitress will close at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on January 5, 2020. Waitress began previews on March 25, 2016 and officially opened on April 24. By closing, the show will have played 33 previews and 1544 regular performances. With a book by Jessie Nelson and a score and orchestrations by Sara Bareilles (who replaced in the role of Jenna 3 times), Waitress is directed by Diane Paulus, with choreography by Lorin Latarro, and musical supervision by Nadia DiGiallonardo. Waitress received 2016 Tony nominations for Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Leading Actress in a Musical (Jessie Mueller as Jenna), and Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Christopher Fitzgerald as Ogie).
AUSTIN BUTLER TO PLAY THE KING OF ROCK AND ROLL IN BAZ LUHRMANN’S ELVIS BIOPIC Rising star Austin Butler has been cast as Elvis Presley in Moulin Rouge! mastermind Baz Luhrmann's new biopic of the music icon. The young talent recently seen on Broadway in The Iceman Cometh will appear alongside Oscar winner and Tony nominee Tom Hanks (Lucky Guy) as Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker. The film centers on Presley's rise and zenith, with a focus on his relationship to Parker, who held major control over Presley's life and career. Director Lurhmann co-wrote the script with Craig Pearce, with whom he penned the box-office hit Moulin Rouge!, which is currently previewing on Broadway as a new stage musical.
Most Broadway shows were cancelled on Saturday, July 13 due to a power outage in midtown Manhattan just prior to showtime. Electricity was restored prior to matinee performances on Sunday, July 14. The blackout was due to a transformer fire in midtown Manhattan which resulted in power outages in the Hell's Kitchen, midtown Manhattan, Times Square, and Upper West Side areas of New York City…
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NEW YORK CITY OPEN CALL - MONDAY, JULY 22, 2019 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Halloween and Holiday Seasons
Seeking Dancers, Singer/Actors, Singer/Dancers, Singers Who Move Well
Pearl Studios “500”, 500 8th Avenue, 3rd Floor, NYC
Male and Female Singers 10am, July 22
Female Dancers 2pm • Male Dancers 4pm, July 22 See full auditions details by using image above.