Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Favorites from the Day: Darren Criss, Audra McDonald, and 101 Years of Broadway

"101 Years of Broadway"
On BroadwayWorld.com today, I covered a lot of random events that are hard to categorize... Some were readings, a lot were some kind of one-night concert, and I think I only covered one actual play. 

However, I did get to post a video of Darren Criss (A Very Potter Musical, Glee) announcing his 2013 summer tour, a few pictures of Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald, and I wrote about a revue I've seen and loved called "101 Years of Broadway."

Check out my top 2 below!

STAGE TUBE: Darren Criss Talks Summer Tour, New Album, and More!
Spoiler: He's releasing an album! :)

Photo Flash: Audra McDonald Honored with Matrix Award
Audra McDonald, who last year tied the record for the performer with the most Tony Awards, just received an award honoring her contribution to the communications industry. This honor, called a "Matrix Award," was presented by the New York Women in Communications organization. I posted a couple pictures of her from that ceremony. (Please notice her gigantic stone on her engagement ring!)

Audra McDonald

Neil Berg's 103 Years of Broadway Revue Returns to San Rafael
Composer Neil Berg made this musical revue "100 Years of Broadway" a few years ago, and every year, he adds 1 to the "100"... So now it's up to 103! In the show, five former Broadway stars basically sing Broadway favorites, some of which they themselves have performed before. I saw it when it came to Statesboro, and it was a really a wonderful performance. The highlight for me was hearing Ron Bohmer (Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables) sing "Into the Fire" from one of Frank Wildhorn's many Broadway flops The Scarlet Pimpernel (in which he starred at one point, replacing Douglas Sills). Bohmer is married to fellow cast-member Sandra Joseph, who holds the record for the longest-running Christine in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, and together they perform "The Phantom of the Opera/Music of the Night."

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