By Michael Gioia
14 Jul 2012
Directed by Matt Lenz (associate director Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can) and Tony Award nominee Dan Knechtges (Lysistrata Jones), the 7:30 PM concert features Nicholas Rodriguez (Tarzan), Jarrod Emmick (Damn Yankees), Tituss Burgess (The Little Mermaid), Craig D'Amico (Fiddler on the Roof), Quentin Earl Darrington (Memphis), Deidre Goodwin (Chicago), Tyler Hanes (A Chorus Line), Sarah Pfeifer (West Side Story) and Andrew Palmero (Wicked) alongside a talented roster of Omaha-area BDF students.
Audiences can expect to hear selections from the 2012 Tony Award-winning musical Once, Matilda, Chicago, Hairspray and more.
The Broadway Dreams Foundation training program also offers a week-long summer performance intensive at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, PA.
BDF students receive training in acting, dance and vocal performance before participating alongside Broadway performers in concert events open to the public. Following the Atlanta engagement, Tony Award nominee Knechtges (Lysistrata Jones) will direct the Philadelphia concert Aug. 4.
The 2012 Arts Intensive faculty roster includes BDF artistic director Rodriguez, Burgess, D'Amico, Darrington, Traci Jai Edwards (Legally Blonde), Emick, Eden Espinosa (Wicked), Meg Gillentine, Goodwin, Hanes, Nikki Snelson (Legally Blonde), Telsey + Co. casting directors Craig Burns and Rachel Hoffman, BDF executive director Tanner and BDF creative producer Paul Canaan (Legally Blonde), among others.
The Broadway Dreams Foundation summer intensive program offers significant scholarships to hundreds of students each year, ensuring them to "realize their Broadway Dreams regardless of their financial status." For more information, visit MyBroadwayDreams.com.
As previously reported, BDF will be the subject of a new reality-based television show, tentatively named "Broadway Dreams," which follows hundreds of Broadway hopefuls.