Transport Group Lines Up Divas Murney, Blazer, Hoty, Walsh and More to Teach Master Classes

News   Transport Group Lines Up Divas Murney, Blazer, Hoty, Walsh and More to Teach Master Classes Transport Group, the winner of 2007 Drama Desk and Obie awards, will offer Diva Master Classes, its second series of master classes taught by some of the leading singing actresses in Broadway musicals, starting June 30.
Julia Murney
Julia Murney

The Diva Master Classes will meet each week for four weeks beginning June 30 and running through July 22.

Actresses scheduled to teach in the course are Judy Blazer (Hello Again, LoveMusik, New York City Opera's Candide); Julie Halston (White Chocolate, Red Scare on Sunset, Gypsy, The Women and Hairspray); Dee Hoty (The Will Rogers Follies, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public and Footloose); Celia Keenan-Bolger (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Saved); Julia Murney (The Wild Party, Wicked, Saved); Michele Pawk (Hollywood Arms, Crazy for You, Cabaret and The Paris Letter), Mary Beth Peil (Sunday in the Park with George, The King and I with Yul Brynner); and Barbara Walsh (Falsettos, Big, Company).

Session A meets Mondays, 6 PM-9 PM and Session B meets Tuesdays, 6 PM-9 PM. Participants may elect to enroll in either one or both sessions.

"The intimate, co-educational classes of ten students will be taught by a different Broadway diva each week," according to Transport Group. "Topics covered include song interpretation, ballads, up-tempos, audition material, comic songs and career guidance."

Classes take place at 520 Eighth Avenue, between 36th and 37th Streets. The cost per student for one four-week session will be $450 (or $750 for both sessions). To apply (and for any questions), e-mail Jack Cummings III at jackcummings3@transportgroup.org with a brief cover letter and resume. Phone inquiries may be made by calling (212) 560-4372. Applications are due June 20.

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Founded in 2001, Transport Group, under the leadership of Jack Cummings III, artistic director, and Lori Fineman, executive director, is a not-for-profit theatre company that develops and produces work by American playwrights and composers with the aim of exploring the American consciousness in the 20th and 21st centuries. Transport Group presented its premiere production in 2002: Thornton Wilder's Our Town, which featured older actors in the roles of Emily and George and a 12-year-old girl as the Stage Manager. Its second production, Requiem for William, an evening of seven seldom produced plays by William Inge, that featured a cast of 26 as well as original songs, premiered in 2003. In 2004 the company presented the first New York revival of Michael John LaChiusa's First Lady Suite. Recent productions include the world premiere of the musical The Audience, which featured a cast of 46 actors and earned three Drama Desk Award nominations, including outstanding musical; Normal, a new musical about a mother's battle to save her daughter from anorexia; cul-de-sac, a new play by Tony Award nominee John Cariani; the first New York revival of Tad Mosel's Pulitzer Prize play, All the Way Home; the 50th anniversary, Obie-winning production of William Inge's The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, and the world premiere musicals Crossing Brooklyn and Marcy in the Galaxy. Transport Group is the winner of a special 2007 Drama Desk Award for its "breadth of vision and its presentation of challenging productions."

For more information about Transport Group, and the Diva Master Classes visit www.transportgroup.org.