Photo Flash: Sierra Boggess Speaks at THE BROADWAY EXPERIENCE
The Broadway Experience returned for a sixth summer program at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center from July 29th - August 11th. With 22 professional educators from the Broadway community, TBE offered over 60 classes, workshops, lectures, and a performance based second week. TBE also launched a new Pre-Professional level for college age students and invited Sierra Boggess as guest speaker. Sierra spoke about her life on and off the stage, and took the time to answer questions and offer advice and inspiration. Scroll down for photos!
Sierra Boggess recently finished her Broadway engagement as Christine Daae in Phantom of the Opera, celebrating the 25th Anniversary. She recently returned to the London stage for a limited engagement as Fantine in the original production of Les Miserables. Prior to that she starred in the 25th Anniversary Concerts of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom Of The Opera at Royal Albert Hall, played opposite Tyne Daly in the Broadway revival of Terrence McNally's Master Class and starred in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies in the West End, for which her performance as 'Christine Daae,' received a 2011 Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. Sierra's other NY theatre credits include starring as the title character in the Broadway production of Disney's The Little Mermaid (Drama Desk and Drama League nominations and Broadway.com award for Favorite Breakthrough Performance), the final cast of off-Broadway's Love, Loss And What I Wore and in the City Center Encores! production of Music in the Air. She starred as 'Christine Daae' in the Las Vegas production of Phantom of the Opera and has been seen regionally as Binky in Princesses (world premiere, Goodspeed and 5th Avenue Theater), and in the national tours of Les Miserables and West Side Story. Concert appearances include The BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Center's American Songbook Series: The Lyrics of David Zippel, New York Pops at Lincoln Center and Broadway by the Year at Town Hall. Sierra's television appearances include "The Today Show," "Good Morning America," "The View," "Entertainment Tonight," "The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade," and "The 62nd Annual Tony Awards." She also appeared in People Magazine and on the cover of USA Weekend alongside Megan Mullally and Mario Lopez. Recordings include the 25th Anniversary Concert of The Phantom Of The Opera (also on DVD), the Symphonic Recording of Love Never Dies, the Original Cast Album for The Little Mermaid and Andrew Lippa's A Little Princess. She holds a BFA from Millikin University.
Previous guest speakers have included Chita Rivera (A Dancer's Life), Bebe Neuwrith (Chicago), Kristin Chenoweth (Promises, Promises), Faith Prince (Billy Elliot), Baayork Lee (A Chorus Line), Norm Lewis (The Little Mermaid), and Karen Ziemba (Curtains).
TBE 2013 faculty included Ben Hartley (The Little Mermaid), Mami Tomotani, (Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake), Amy Hall (Fosse), Amanda Edge (Come Fly Away), JAmes Brown III (Wicked), Thayne Jasperson (Matilda), Josh Rhodes (Cinderella), Ryan VanDenBoom (Annie), Nick Cianfrogna (Sweeney Todd), Michael Mott (The Count of Monte Cristo), Dierdre Friel (Dogfight), KaMel Boutros (Met Opera), Annie McGreevey (Company), Carman Lacivita (Cirano), Erin Maguire (Seussical), Rachel Hoffman (Telsey & Co), Lakey Wolff (CESD), Harold Lewter (CLA), Dr GReg Taylor (Former Joffery Ballet), & Greg Landes (Avenue Q).
The Broadway Experience is an international musical theatre program designed to create and inspire triple threat performers. Students undergo an intense study of dance, voice, and acting with current Broadway professionals and incredible master teachers. Students become stronger, versatile, and more dynamic performers, preparing themselves for a professional career at the highest level. Founder & Director, Ben Hartley.
Photos courtesy of The Broadway Experience.
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