The one-night-only event, which will be held at the Imperial Theatre, will feature the talents of 50 students, ages 10 to 17, from across the country. The 50 youngsters are winners of a national contest and will be flown to New York this month for three days of theatrical training under the guidance of Broadway actors, choreographers and dancers. During the training period they will put together a 60-minute production that incorporates elements from such musicals as 42nd Street, West Side Story and Oklahoma!. The production — hosted by Rodriguez — will be presented to a live audience April 26.
In addition to the theatre training and live performance, Bravo will donate $1,000 to each of the winner's schools. In a statement Bravo Marketing President Eric Conaty said, "Known for showcasing the finest and most innovative arts and entertainment programming, Bravo is committed to promoting arts programs in schools across the country. Bravo On With the Show offers students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore and develop their theatrical skills under the tutelage of Broadway professionals. We’re proud to partner with local cable operators to make this an annual event, bringing this educational program to communities across the country."
The second annual Bravo On With the Show contest will launch later this year. Beginning Sept. 1, students can enter the contest, which has a Dec. 3, 2004 deadline. For more information visit www.bravotv.com/bowts.
Jai Rodriguez, who played the title role in Zanna, Don't!, recently appeared in the all-star Children of Eden benefit concert. The actor's other theatre credits include the Broadway company of Rent and Off Broadway's Spinning Into Butter. His screen credits number "The New Guy" and "All My Children," and his first single is titled "Love Is Good."