Video: Coloradans on Broadway to high-schoolers: 'Be relentlessly yourself'

by John Moore | May 26, 2015



We asked Coloradans working on Broadway (or on the way to Broadway) to send their encouragement and advice to the Colorado high-school students attending the third annual Bobby G Awards coming up on Thursday (May 28) at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Some samples:

Bobby G Awards logo"Be yourself," says Castle Rock native Beth Malone of Fun Home: "Be relentlessly yourself."

Adds Rebecca Eichenberger of An American in Paris: "Live your life. Don't make theatre everything. Because then you will be an interesting person - and you will be more interesting onstage." 

Also featured in this video are actors Annaleigh Ashford (You Can't Take It With You), Aisha Jackson (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Andy Kelso (Kinky Boots), Denny Paschall (Chicago), Gareth Saxe (The Lion King) and Aléna Watters (the pre-Broadway Ever After); and Page 73 commissioned playwright Max Posner. They represent Douglas County High School, Denver East High School, Wheat Ridge High School, the University of Northern Colorado, Eaglecreat High School, Pomona High School and Mesa Ridge High School.

Ashford and Malone are nominated for Tony Awards this coming June 7.

Video by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter. Run time: 5 minutes.

Colorado's Beth Malone is nominated for a Tony Award for 'Fun Home.'. Photo by John Moore.

Colorado's Beth Malone is nominated for a Tony Award for 'Fun Home.' Photo by John Moore.


2015 Bobby G Awards
Thursday, May 28
7 p.m.
Buell Theatre
Tickets: 303-893-4100, 800-641-1222 or  BUY ONLINE
Complete list of nominees

Our 2015 New York report (to date):
Lin-Manuel Miranda on the power of theatre to eliminate distance

Broadway: The British aren't coming: They're already here!
Colorado's Annaleigh Ashford and Beth Malone both nominated for Tony Awards Broadway League dedicates New York conference to DCPA’s Randy Weeks
Idina Menzel will launch 'If/Then' national tour in Denver

SOME COLORADANS ON (OR NEAR) BROADWAY:

Annaleigh Ashford, Wheat Ridge High School: Just completed her Tony-nominated run as Essie in “You Can’t Take It With You”

Jacqueline Antaramian: The longtime Denver Center Theatre Company actor played Anna Gromeko in the just-closed “Doctor Zhivago.”

Sierra Boggess, George Washington High School, class of 2000: Starring as Rebecca Steinberg in “It Shoulda Been You.”

 
Kevin Copenhaver,
DCPA Costume Crafts Director: Built about 18 of the hats in “Doctor Zhivago”

Colin Cunliffe, Littleton High School: Ensemble in the new Broadway musical “Finding Neverland”

Rebecca Eichenberger, George Washington High School,” is playing Olga in “An American in Paris”

Donna English, who appeared in DCPA Theatre Company productions in the 1980s and again in “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” last fall, is part of the developing Broadway-bound restaging of “Saturday Night Fever.”

Allison Horsley, longtime dramaturg for the DCPA Theatre Company: Dramaturg for “Doctor Zhivago”

 
Aisha Jackson,
University of Northern Colorado: Starred in the Arvada Center’s “Memphis” as Felicia last year. Now she’s a swing in “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” on Broadway

Andy Kelso, Eaglecrest High School, class of 1998; University of Northern Colorado, class of 2002: He starring as Charlie in “Kinky Boots” on Broadway

Beth Malone, Castle Rock native, who opened the DCPA Theatre Company season starring in a refreshed version of the classic Broadway musical “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” is nominated for best leading actress in a musical as Allison in “Fun Home.” Malone is a graduate of Douglas County High School and the University of Northern Colorado.

 Linda Mugleston, longtime DCPA Theatre Company actor (“Quilters,” “A Christmas Carol,” “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”), is playing Doctor Johnson in “On the Twentieth Century”

Denny Paschall, Pomona High School class of 1996, is playing Aaron in “Chicago”

Gareth Saxe, graduate of Denver East High School and Colorado College, is playing Scar in “The Lion King”

Jason Watson, University of Northern Colorado, joined the ensemble in the Broadway cast “Mamma Mia” on April 6th.

Aléna Watters, Colorado Springs Widefield and Mesa Ridge high schools, University of Northern Colorado: Has been cast in the presumably Broadway-bound new musical "Ever After." The production is being directed by Broadway veteran Kathleen Marshall and will play at The Papermill Playhouse through June 21.

Elizabeth Welch, Rangeview High School, University of Colorado: Ensemble; Christine understudy in Broadway's "The Phantom of the Opera."

 


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  1. Maureen Wirth | May 27, 2015
    What a glorious list to celebrate!!  But where's Erica Sweaney?  She graduated from UNC and was in the recently closed Honeymoon in Vegas.

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