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BoCo 2011 Showcase Cabaret at Broadway Sessions - May 5, 2011

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On Thursday, May 5, 2011, theBestArts and BROADWAY SESSIONS held a "BoCo Showcase Cabaret" featuring performances by alumni and students of The Boston Conservatory (BoCo)'s musical theatre program. Alumni and students celebrated and introduced the talented BoCo musical theatre class of 2011.

BoCo Alumni Headliners

We recruited a number of top BoCo alumni to perform as headliners. The following headliners performed:

Jason Michael Snow Jason Michael Snow
(The Book of Mormon, South Pacific)
Jonathan Reid Gealt Jonathan Reid Gealt
(Forward - songwriter, Les Mis Nat'l Tour,
Thirteen Stories Down - debut album)
Will Blum Will Blum
(Grease, Grease Nat'l Tour,
Seussical Nat'l Tour)
Derek St. Pierre Derek St. Pierre
(Rock of Ages)
Alysha Umphress Alysha Umphress
(American Idiot)
Nikka Graff Lanzarone Nikka Graff Lanzarone
(Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,
Hello Again - the Transport Group)
Matthew John Kacergis Matthew John Kacergis
(A Walk on the Wild Side
- Studio Cast Recording;
Parade - Ford's Theatre)

BoCo Seniors

Members of the Boston Conservatory musical theatre Class of 2011 performed a selection of group and solo numbers: Taylor Avazpour, Elizabeth Berg, Alexandra Blazey, Arielle Boutin, Steven Cardona, Whitney Conkling, Caley Crawford, Lisa Finegold, Liam Forde, Danny George, Adam Goddu, Stephanie Gandolfo, Ellen Harvey, Mike Heslin, Bryan Hunt, Eric Johnson, Cailene Kilcoyne, Kathleen Lynch, Kelly Martin, Alex Matteo, Cassie Means, Dylan McGill, Carolyn Miller, Mackenzie Miller, Marissa Miller, Trent Mills, Bryan Miner, Johnny Newcomb, Becca Pesce, Josh Pemberton, Jenny Powell, Babs Rubenstein, Sam Schecter, Ben Simpson, Lisa Marie Smith, Greg Stone, Dan Sullivan, Julie Thomas, Santina Umbach, Emma Wagner and Amanda Weldin.

BoCo seniors Taylor Avazpour and Liam Forde co-produced the student performances - thank you!

Testimonials

Our showcase cabaret is very different from the official Boston Conservatory musical theatre showcase earlier in the week. It's intended to be a celebration, not a real-life final exam. As the seniors' high-pressure week comes to a close, it's a great way for them to blow off some steam with friends and classmates. Here's what some of this year's participants from CMU and CCM have said:

Last night was an absolute joy - this cabaret is something I will never forget! Such a blast - I wish we could do it every week. Thank you for everything that you have done for us!
- CCM senior

I had a great time!
- CCM headliner, current Broadway performer, and veteran of five Broadway shows

Thanks for everything, Kevin! We really appreciated you putting everything together. GOOO 2011!
- CMU headliner, who had performed the previous year as a senior

Many thanks to Ben Cameron and Broadway Sessions for hosting the event, Will Van Dyke for his expert music direction, Joshua Stephen Karter for accompanying many of the seniors, and to Taylor Avazpour and Liam Forde for coordinating BoCo student performances.

Event Details

The cabaret was held at the Midtown Theatre on Thursday, May 5, 2011, at 163 W. 46th St., New York, NY inside the HA! Comedy Club. Cover was FREE! The venue is 18+.

A collection was made for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS; they provide support for critical health issues (including HIV/AIDS) to individuals in the entertainment industry and to over 400 community organizations across the country. BC/EFA is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit.

Open-Mic Segment

After the BoCo students and alums finished performing, we moved to an open-mic night until about 2:30am.

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Special thanks to videographers Saum Eskandani (BoCo class of 2006) and Liz Woolf.



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