BWW Exclusive: New York Pops Spotlight on Corey Reynolds
On Monday, April 28, 2014, The New York Pops marks its 31st birthday with a grand gala evening celebrating the work of composer, lyricist, and arranger Marc Shaiman and director, lyricist, and writer Scott Wittman, as well as the leadership and mentorship work of corporate honoree Paul J. Massey, Jr., CEO and Founding Partner of Massey Knakal Realty Services.
The event begins at 7:00 PM with a concert at Carnegie Hall, featuring a spectacular lineup of stars from both stage and screen under the baton of Music DirectorSteven Reineke. The performance will feature highlights from the work of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Performers for the evening will include: Megan Hilty, Laura Bell Bundy, John Pizzarelli, Corey Reynolds, Aaron Tveit, Nikki Blonsky, Christian Borle, Kerry Butler, Will Chase, Linda Hart, Capathia Jenkins, Jane Krakowski, Ricki Lake, Jenifer Lewis, Patti LuPone, Andrea Martin, Katharine McPhee, Martin Short, and Marissa Jaret Winokur. For tickets, viist: www.carnegiehall.org.
BroadwayWorld recently chatted with featured performer Corey Reynolds about his upcoming appearance in the special celebration:
What will you be singing at the gala?
I will be singing "You Can't Stop the Beat" for the first time in over a decade. More like "You Can't Stop to Breathe"...
My favorite moment was when Marc called me at home about playing "Seaweed". It was a call we all dream about. It was the call that changed my life.
Is there a(nother) role from a Shaiman/Wittman show that you'd like to play someday?
I'd like to play "Uncle Fucker" if they ever make a musical from that number! LOL! But seriously, I'd be a part of anything they asked; I love Marc and Scott. I lived at their house for a few months when I first moved to LA. They've been nothing but good to me.
Have you worked with The New York Pops before? What are you most looking forward to about this performance?
Never worked with the Pops before, but very much looking forward to the experience. It's at, as Marc put it, "Carnegie fuckin Hall!" That stage is every live performer's dream.
This year's gala will feature music students from The New York Pops' extensive education programs. What single piece of advice would you give to any aspiring performers?
Don't ever, ever quit. Always go full out.