BestArts Weekly Highlights - October 17, 2008

This Week's Selections

If you live near NYC, run (don't walk) and get tickets to hear Michael Arden in his "Blue" concert. This week, we introduce Erik Snodgrass' great production of The Last Five Years and congratulate Andrew Keenan-Bolger. We feature a dance by Marc Calamia and performances by Michael Arden, 21yo Barbra, Nell Carter, Adam Pascal and Larry Edoff, Ritter Hanz and Chris Dilley, Brent Rayburn, Lincoln Ward and Andrea Varadi, Scot Wisniewski - plus the songs of Thomson and Mann.

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  • Erik Snodgrass sings in his amazing production of Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years. Follow the link at the top of this page to watch eight more great videos from Erik and Colleen
  • Marc Calamia gives one of the best dance performances ever recorded on film in "Dancing in the Dark" from Fosse. Ken Alan, Scott Jovovich and Dylis Croman are wonderful as is Ben Vereen.
Young Broadway
  • Michael Arden performs songs from Joni Mitchell's Blue album for three days in NYC - don't miss this!
  • Andrew Keenan-Bolger is "funna be on television" - he makes his debut on October 18th in Season 3 of Nickolodeon's "Naked Brothers Band." (Sorry, he's not really naked. And he didn't have troll dolls. He says.) Most of our viewers know AKB as the host of the brilliant YouTube channel, UrInTown.
YouTube Singer
  • Brent Rayburn and Shelly Bort are two of the best singers on YouTube. If you haven't caught their weekly "contest", be sure to check it out. Here's Brent's stellar "Cry Me A River" entry from earlier this summer - it deserves a lot more views than it's received.
High School
  • Lincoln Ward and Andrea Varadi sing "If I Said I Love You" from Pirate Queen as seniors at Interlochen Arts Academy. Lincoln and Andrea are now freshmen studying Musical Theatre at Webster Conservatory and Otterbein College respectively.
Broadway - from BestArts on YouTube
  • At 21, Barbra Streisand gives the performance of her life with "Down With Love" (with several other songs added to the mix.)
  • Nell Carter broke into stardom in the musical Ain't Misbehavin', for which she won a Tony Award in 1978. She also won an Emmy for the same role in a televised performance in 1982.
Upcoming events
  • 2008 Jonathan Larson Award winners Jeff Thomson and Jordan Mann bring together a great group of singers for their NYC show on October 20.
  • After a several year hiatus, Scot Wisniewski returns to the wonderful world of cabaret with an all new show, It's Time, starting October 25.
  • Adam Pascal videos are among the most popular on BestArts. Adam and Larry Edoff are currently touring the U.S. and perform in NYC on October 26 and 27.
  • October 27th is a big night at the Duplex. Scott Alan's Monday Nights, New Voices has a great line-up, including Ritter Hanz who we present here. Afterwards, NYTB at the Duplex features music and performances by alums of Boston Conservatory.
  • Michael Arden sings Joni Mitchell's Blue Album in a don't miss this event in NYC on October 28, 29 and 30.

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Highlights - October 17, 2008

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Highlights - October 17, 2008
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Michael Arden - Run Away With Me
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NAKED BROTHERS BAND Season 3: An Andrews Blog Announcement
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Brent PWNS Shelly: Cry Me A River
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NYTB - Meredith Anderson Safe Harbor
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I Love You For Sentimental Reasons by Nat King Cole
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Ritter Hanz & Chris Dilley - His Eye Is On The Sparrow
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