BWW Blog: Abigail Shapiro - CD Release Concert and LES MISERABLES

BWW Blog: Abigail Shapiro - CD Release Concert and LES MISERABLES

Our CD release concert and seeing Les Miserables

Hello Broadway World! Our fourth cabaret at 54 BELOW went really well! Milly and I had such a great time-we had the chance to perform with some of our favorite actors, Ben Thompson, who Milly shared the stage with in Matilda The Musical, and the incredibly talented Laura Osnes who originated the title role in Cinderella. We got to try out some new material, including a medley in which we sing duets together with bits of choreography included which was a bit nerve-wracking but I think it paid off-the audience seemed to really enjoy the show.

We sold a limited number of our CDs, "The Shapiro Sisters: Live Out Loud", at our performance, although the CD is officially being released on September 9th (available now for pre-order on iTunes and Amazon). We had the chance to sign CDs for everyone who purchased a copy-it was great getting to witness people's reactions to seeing the CD for the first time and looking at all the different content we included inside the disc.

After all of the excitement (and exhaustion) last week brought, this past Saturday, we had the chance to see one of my favorite musicals, Les Miserables, and coincidentally, Milly and I caught ourselves on Taxi TV en route to the show, from an interview we did with the wonderful Sandy Kenyon before our second show at 54 Below!

Les Miserable went far beyond my expectations. I really enjoyed this reimagined version of the show. First off, I have to compliment the sets! They were amazing! What really added to it were the projections. They really stood out during Javert's death scene. I've never seen a production of Les Miz with sets as intricate as these.

Compared to previous productions I've seen, this version was much more entertaining! I would imagine it's difficult to revive a show for many reasons, particularly a show as iconic as Les Miserables. I thought that it would have tried to be almost identical to the original production; quite similar to other versions I've seen. You could tell that the audience thoroughly enjoyed the production because it seemed to have more of an original vibe.

You would never have guessed it was Ramin Karimloo's Broadway debut! Although, admittedly, he was already a big time West End star! He was fantastic! He did justice to Jean Valjean, and vocally he was impeccable. I was blown away by his performance. In my opinion he is one of the best male performers I have seen live.

This is definitely a show to see! It was a superb production that I enjoyed. I'd recommend it to tweens and adults who love theatre.

Well our CD will officially be available in a week...we are bouncing off the walls! That's all for now Broadway World--thank you so much!

-Abigail Shapiro

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Guest Blogger: Abigail Shapiro Abigail Shapiro made her Broadway debut as Cindy Lou Who in How The Grinch Stole Christmas. She can also be heard singing “Santa For A Day” on their World Premiere CD recording. Her regional credits include Molly in Annie; Munchkin in Wizard of Oz; Gretl in Sound of Music; and Child in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat . Her numerous TV appearances include The Wendy Williams Show, Fox And Friends and singing the National Anthem for the Knicks Game Live @ Madison Square Garden. She was discovered by her managers Bobbie Merritt and Deborah Kym of The Entertainment Group during the summer of 2012 and cast as Cindy Lou Who two months later. By the age of 9, Abigail had an impressive concert resume touring regionally as a soloist and lead singer with the Rockabilly Chicks group she formed with her younger sister, Milly Shapiro (Matilda in Matilda) and friends. Abigail and her sister have dedicated their time and talent to multiple worthy causes, including Sandy Hook. Last year they were named as the tween faces of NoBully! and are just ending a 4 Concert run at 54 BELOW of an original sister act that Abigail co-wrote and co-created to benefit this cause so close to their heart. Their CD recording “Shapiro Sisters: Live Out Loud – Live at 54 BELOW” will be released September 9th on Amazon.com and iTunes.

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