"Jessica" Broadway Dance Lab
"Jessica" from the Broadway Dance Lab Gala Choreography by Paul McGill Dancers: Croix Dilenno Annelise Ritacca Kevin Murakami Aimee Smyke Jacob Lill Victoria Fiore Sherena Medford Maile Makaafi Parker Aimone Jared Sprague Dance Captains: Julia Spizzichini Connor Bermingham Video by Eric Mann of Unreel
Gavin Creel and Andrew Rannells "Where You Are" - Broadway Backwards 2019
At Broadway Backwards 2019, the Tony-winning Gavin Creel (Waitress, Hello, Dolly!) and two-time Tony nominee Andrew Rannells (The Boys in the Band, TV’s Girls and Black Monday) invited the audience to join in the celebration and “come play with [them]” in a playful rendition of “Where You Are” from Kiss of the Spider Woman. They were joined by the Broadway Backwards ensemble in effervescent choreography created by Paul McGill, which paid homage to some of the most iconic dances in Broadway history. “Where You Are” by John Kander and Fred Ebb from The Kiss of the Spider Woman Choreographed by Paul McGill Orchestrated by Nicholas Connors Conducted by Christopher D. Littlefield A bevy of Broadway’s brightest stars joined a sold-out audience on March 11, 2019, to celebrate and motivate the LGBTQ community and its allies through gender-reversed renditions of beloved show tunes, spectacular choreography and a record-breaking fundraising total at Broadway Backwards. The 14th annual edition of the show raised $704,491 to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City. The previous fundraising record was set last year at $680,273. Broadway Backwards (#BroadwayBackwards), which was produced by Broadway Cares at the New Amsterdam Theatre, featured a cast of 130 performers and a live, 12-piece orchestra. Broadway Backwards creator Robert Bartley wrote and directed this year’s show. Mary-Mitchell Campbell served as music supervisor; Ted Arthur and Christopher D. Littlefield were music directors. The evening's choreographers were Robert Bartley, Karla Puno Garcia, Paul McGill, Mimi Quillin, Stephen Reed and Robbie Roby. The creative team included lighting designer Timothy Reed, costume designers Johnna Fettinger, Jess Gersz and Natalie Loveland, prop designers Jenna Snyder and Alexander Wylie and sound designers Kurt Fischer and Marie Renee Foucher. The production stage manager was Jeff Brancato. *** Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has raised more than $300 million for essential services for people with HIV/AIDS, COVID-19 and other critical illnesses across the United States. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the major supporter of the social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts. Broadway Cares also awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., providing lifesaving medication, healthy meals, counseling and emergency assistance. For more information, please visit Broadway Cares online at broadwaycares.org
The Legend of Georgia McBride at Geffen Playhouse
“Flamboyantly fun!” – Los Angeles Times GO! – LA Weekly "Outrageously funny! A bawdy, raucous hoot!” – TotalTheater.com The Legend of Georgia McBride Written by Matthew Lopez Directed by Mike Donahue Choreography by Paul McGill Featuring: Andrew Burnap, Matt McGrath, Nija Okoro, Larry Powell & Nick Searcy West Coast Premiere Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse April 4 - May 14, 2017 Tickets and more at geffenplayhouse.org After years of struggling at a small-time club in the Florida Panhandle, Casey realizes it’s now or never for his career as an Elvis impersonator. Enter Miss Tracy Mills, a self-proclaimed grand dame of drag who guarantees Casey’s life is about to get “all shook up.” Matthew Lopez’s hip-shakin’, heartwarming tale explores what happens when one man trades in his blue suede shoes for platform pumps and discovers he ain’t nothing but a drag queen.
Choreographic mentorship with Broadway pros
DLNY Connect is an exciting new mentorship initiative helping exceptionally talented, rising choreographers reach their full potential by matching them with master Broadway professionals. Spend a day in the life of Spring 2018 BDL Connect choreographer PAUL MCGILL as he was mentored by Artistic Director JOSH PRINCE. Video by Eric Mann/Unreel Films. INSTAGRAM: @dancelabny FACEBOOK: Dance Lab NY WEB: www.dancelabny.org
The Making of THE MUSIC MAN - Choreography
Nov. 13 - Dec. 29 Book, Music and Lyrics by MEREDITH WILLSON | Based on a story by MEREDITH WILLSON and FRANKLIN LACEY | Directed by JEFF CALHOUN THE MUSIC MAN was the sensation of Broadway when it opened in 1957 and scored six Tony® Awards including Best Musical (beating out West Side Story). Sixty years later it’s still an American institution with its one-of-a-kind score including rousing marches (“Seventy-Six Trombones”), soaring ballads (“Till There Was You”), and Willson’s famous snap-crackle-pop vocal arrangements that could be considered the Broadway precursors to rap. Fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill brings trouble to River City, Iowa when he cons the townspeople into buying instruments for an imaginary band – but his plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when his heart is stolen by the town librarian. Tony® Award-nominated director (NEWSIES) Jeff Calhoun returns to helm the production and award-winning actor, dancer and choreographer Noah Racey (PULSE) returns to dazzle in the role of Harold Hill.