THE SCREENING ROOM: Half Hour 3 Concert, With Understudies From Bare, Newsies, The Lion King, Pippin
By Michael Gioia
Understudies from the 2013 Tony-winning revival of Pippin, the Off-Broadway musical Bare, Newsies and The Lion King stood in the spotlight at Half Hour 3 June 2 at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Here are highlights from the evening.
Performers at the concert included Justin Gregory Lopez (Bare), Gabriel Croom (The Lion King), Derrick Davis (The Lion King), Mike Faist (Newsies), Sabrina Harper (Pippin), Liana Hunt (Newsies), Adam Kaplan (Newsies), Sara Kapner (Bare), Alice Lee (Bare), Tommy Martinez (Newsies), Bethany Moore (Pippin), Molly Tynes (Pippin), Alan DeMont Wiggins (The Lion King) and Alexander Sage Oyen, among others.
According to press notes, "BroadwayUnderstudies.com has once again invited some of Broadway's most talented understudies to the stage of the Laurie Beechman Theatre to share their rare talent—the ability to perform at a second's notice. They'll be thrown into the fire in Half Hour 3: A Last Minute Concert, a show where even they don't know what they'll be singing before they step up to the microphone. The audience will get to vote on what song each performer will sing."
The concert was produced by Shoshana Feinstein with musical direction by Benjamin Rauhala. Videography is by Karen Marshall.
Feinstein and Marshall started BroadwayUnderstudies.com as a way to aggregate and celebrate the performances of Broadway's most under-appreciated talent: the understudy.
Alexander Sage Oyen - "Perks" (original song by Alexander Sage Oyen):
Gabriel Croom (The Lion King) - "Brave" by Josh Groban:
Sara Kapner (Bare) - "Pulled" from The Addams Family:
Alice Lee (Bare) - "Come 'Round Soon" by Sara Bareilles:
Alan DeMont Wiggins (The Lion King) - "Waiting for Life" from Once on This Island:
Sabrina Harper (Pippin) - "The Music And The Mirror" from A Chorus Line:
Adam Kaplan and Liana Hunt (Newsies) - "Accident Waiting to Happen" from The Drowsy Chaperone:
Mike Faist and Adam Kaplan (Newsies) - "Anything You Can Do" from Annie Get Your Gun:
Justin Gregory Lopez (Bare) - "Are You There?" from Bare:
Bethany Moore (Pippin) - "Alto's Lament" by Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich:
Tommy Martinez (Newsies) - "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele:
Molly Tynes (Pippin) - "Always True To You in My Fashion" from Kiss Me Kate:
Derrick Davis (The Lion King) - "I'll Be Here" from The Wild Party:
Alice Lee and Sara Kapner (Bare) - "You Don't Know" from Bare:
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