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amNY featured Pace University in "New York City students can learn tips for college auditions through online musical theater program"

08/11/2020

amNY featured Pace University in "New York City students can learn tips for college auditions through online musical theater program"

Broadway Dreams is hosting ZOOMIFIEDS, a new mentor-driven musical theater training that aims to give students a leg up on the college audition process. The program will take place from Wednesday, Aug. 12 through Sunday, Aug. 16. Participating colleges include New York City’s own Manhattan School of Music and Pace University.

“For years now, Broadway Dreams has worked closely with the brilliant educators who are responsible for some of the nation’s top college and university musical theater programs to offer our students unique access and information through Broadway Dreams University,” said Broadway Dreams Co-Founder and President, Annette Tanner. “We are incredibly thrilled to have assisted countless students and parents navigate the daunting college audition process and we are proud of the tremendous acceptance rate for Broadway Dreams students across the country.”

ZOOMIFIEDS classes and seminars for students will cover a wide range of topics, including how to master pre-recorded and live-streamed auditions in the age of COVID19, college audition monologues, dance calls, and image and styling tips. For parents, the program will provide round table conversations with representatives from participating universities; parent-to-parent panels, and seminars by renowned college audition coach, Mary Anna Dennard, and Leayne Dempsey from WeAreTheatreMajor.com.

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The Washington Post featured musical theater alumn Zack Zaromatidis in "‘Bandstand’ actor finds, in a forgotten relative, a kinship with his onstage character"

02/27/2020

The Washington Post featured musical theater alumn Zack Zaromatidis in "‘Bandstand’ actor finds, in a forgotten relative, a kinship with his onstage character"

Born and raised on Long Island, in a family of music lovers, Zaromatidis says he grew up with his sights set on becoming the next Justin Timberlake or John Mayer, before his role in a middle school production of “Fiddler on the Roof” put acting on his radar. He went on to study musical theater at New York’s Pace University, graduating in 2018.

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Broadway World featured Pace University in "SLUTTY SONGBOOK Comes To Brooklyn With Pop Rock Concert This Spring"

02/11/2020

Broadway World featured Pace University in "SLUTTY SONGBOOK Comes To Brooklyn With Pop Rock Concert This Spring"

In development since 2014, the work originated with musical theater students at Pace University, and has evolved into a powerful anthem of feminism, liberation and celebration of truth, experience, emotion, and growth.

Songs for Slutty Girls will take place on Sunday, April 19, 2020, for one night only. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m., and doors open at 7:00 p.m

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"Broadway World" featured director of the Dyson College Musical Theater Program Amy Rogers in "Andy Mientus and More to Support of The Fund for College Auditions at Hidden Cabaret series"

11/19/2019

"Broadway World" featured director of the Dyson College Musical Theater Program Amy Rogers in "Andy Mientus and More to Support of The Fund for College Auditions at Hidden Cabaret series"

They will be joined by special guest Amy Rogers (Director, Pace University Musical Theatre Program) and a current TFCA student. Other performers include Vishal Vaidya (Groundhog Day), Will Reynolds (2018 Fred Ebb award winner), Michael Lowney (La Cage aux Folles), Justin Schuman (Tina Broadway), Jon-Michael Reese (Book of Mormon national tour), Aury Krebs (A Letter to Harvey Milk), Josh Daniel (Book of Mormon national tour), Amara Brady (Broadway Bounty Hunter at Barrington Stage), Melanie Jean-Baptiste, and Miles Josephson (current Pace Musical Theatre student). The evening is produced by TFCA Founder Ellen Lettrich in collaboration with Tracy Nagel (TFCA board member) and Red Horse Theatrical, producer of the Hidden Cabaret series. The performers will share their experiences as members of the theatre community who identify as queer to raise funds for young performers who identify similarly. The proceeds of ticket sales will benefit The Fund for College Auditions.

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"The Georgetown Dish" featured Pace University Musical Theater student Jana Jackson in Brilliant 'Mamma Mia!' at Clear Space Theatre Rehoboth Beach"

08/14/2019

"The Georgetown Dish" featured Pace University Musical Theater student Jana Jackson in Brilliant 'Mamma Mia!' at Clear Space Theatre Rehoboth Beach"

The Clear Space Theatre Company in Rehoboth Beach is having another banner summer. They are selling out their three productions: Mamma Mia!, Hello Dolly and the Wedding Singer. After seeing Mama Mia! it is clear why there is a rush for tickets. The cast was brilliant, as was the musical direction by Melanie Bradley, choreography by Shondelle Graulich, costume design by Robyn Kingsbury and set design by Eddy Seger.  It all comes together under the incredible direction of David Button the Artistic Director and all around genius at Clear Space. 

For anyone who doesn’t know the story of Mamma Mia! it takes place on a small Greek island where Donna has built a taverna and brought up her now twenty year old daughter, Sophie, as a single mom. They are now planning Sophie’s wedding to Sky. Sophie has always wondered who her father was and Donna has never told her. Then Sophie discovers her mother’s old diary and finds out her mother had affairs with three men, Bill, Sam and Harry, twenty-one years ago. She assumes one of them must be her dad. So without telling her mother she invites all three to her wedding. The play is about the craziness that ensues.

The music is all ABBA and the songs like Money, Money, Money and Dancing Queen are those which most people of a certain age could sing along with. It all leads to a fun night in the theater.

The music is all ABBA and the songs like Money, Money, Money and Dancing Queen are those which most people of a certain age could sing along with. It all leads to a fun night in the theater.

David directs all three plays and many of the actors have roles in all of them. I can’t mention them all but they all deserve kudos for their wonderful work. It is an incredible opportunity for the mostly young cast many of whom are theater students from schools such as Pace in New York, Temple in Philadelphia, and the University of Delaware to name some. The leads in Mama Mia! all seem like seasoned performers though many are just starting out. Jana Jackson who plays Sophie, the daughter trying to find out who her father is commands the stage like a pro with her fine acting and beautiful voice even though this is her first leading role. She is a student at Pace University in New York. Tom Sawyer as Sam, one of the potential fathers, has a really strong voice and a commanding stage presence. He is a recent graduate with a BFA from The Boston Conservatory. Frankie Rocco as Sky, Sophie’s fiancé has a strong stage presence and the good looks of a leading man. He has just graduated from Molloy/Cap 21 from the BFA theater program. Not all the actors are students. Playing Donna is Autumn Schneider and she makes the role her own with her brilliant acting and mesmerizing voice. Also great are Caroline Anderson as Tanya who recently received her BA in musical theater from Courtland State university of New York and Carissa Meiklejohn as Rosie who is a local performer living in Milton, DE. 

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"New York Theatre Guide" featured Pace junior musical theater student in "Samantha Williams makes Broadway debut in Dear Evan Hansen"

05/08/2019

"New York Theatre Guide" featured Pace junior musical theater student in "Samantha Williams makes Broadway debut in Dear Evan Hansen"

Williams assumes the role of Alana Beck in the smash hit Broadway musical at the Music Box Theatre.

You have been found! Samantha Williams, a junior musical theater major at Pace University, makes her Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning "Best Musical" Dear Evan Hansen at the Music Box Theatre tonight, as she assumes the role of Alana Beck. Previous cast member Phoenix Best played her final performance in the role on May 5, 2019.

During her time at Pace University, Ms. Williams played the roles of Dot in Sunday in the Park with George and Caroline in Caroline, or Change

The current principal cast of Dear Evan Hansen includes Andrew Barth Feldman (as Evan Hansen), Tony Award winner Lisa Brescia (as Heidi Hansen), Alex Boniello (as Connor Murphy), Mallory Bechtel (as Zoe Murphy), Jennifer Laura Thompson (as Cynthia Murphy), Michael Park (as Larry Murphy), Sky Lakota-Lynch (as Jared Kleinman), and Samantha Williams (as Alana Beck). 

Dear Evan Hansen began previews on November 14, 2016 and officially opened to rave reviews on December 4, 2016.

Dear Evan Hansen features a book by Tony Award winner Steven Levenson, music and lyrics by Tony & Academy Award winners Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, and is directed by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif.

Synopsis: "All his life Evan Hansen has felt invisible. To his peers, to the girl he loves, sometimes even to his own mother. But that was before he wrote the letter - that led to the incident - that started the lie - that ignited a movement - that inspired a community - and changed Evan's status from the ultimate outsider into the somebody everyone wants to know. But how long can Evan keep his secret? And at what price? A tribute to the outsider in us all, Dear Evan Hansen is about someone you know, maybe even someone you are, but more than anything, it's about discovering the person we all long to be - ourselves."

The creative team features choreography by Danny Mefford, musical direction by Ben Cohn, music supervision by Alex Lacamoire, scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, and projection design by Peter Nigrini.

At The 71st Annual Tony Awards, the musical picked up the coveted award for "Best Musical," as well as "Best Book of a Musical," "Best Original Score Written for the Theatre," "Best Orchestrations," "Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical" for Ben Platt and "Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical" for Rachel Bay Jones.

Dear Evan Hansen is produced on Broadway by Second Stage Theater in association with Stacey Mindich Productions.
 

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