BDF & Kimmel Center Presents TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT Today
The Broadway Dreams Foundation (BDF) partners with the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts to present TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT: Defining EXTRA-Ordinary, a unique Broadway cabaret featuring performances by Broadway veterans and emerging local talent. Directed by Tony Award-nominated director and choreographer Dan Knetchges (Xanadu, Spelling Bee), TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT concludes a weeklong musical theatre intensive taught by the industry's top directors, choreographers, and industry professionals.
TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT will transport you deep below the City of Dreams into the gritty, fast-paced world of the subway system where the B, D, and F trains are ready to propel you to the utter limits. The explosive Broadway-style cabaret will showcase work and performances by BDF's Artistic Director Nicholas Rodriguez (Tarzan) and Education Director Craig D'Amico (Fiddler on the Roof), Quentin Earl Darrington (Ragtime), acclaimed director Marcia Milgrom Dodge (Ragtime), Tamar Greene (The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess), Gregory Haney (Bring It On The Musical), Kaitlin Hopkins (Noises Off), Emmy Award-nominated choreographer and performer Spencer Liff ("So You Think You Can Dance," Cry Baby), Lindsay Roberts (The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess), and Matthew Scott (Jersey Boys), alongside talented BDF students from the Philadelphia area. TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT will feature selections from the 2014 Tony Award nominees Aladdin andBeautiful, the 2013 Tony Award-winning "Best Musical" Kinky Boots, as well as Stomp,Crazy for You, and more.
The BDF Philadelphia intensive will also feature a day-long master class devoted to the college audition process led by Mary Anna Dennard, renowned college audition coach and author of "I Got In!" Joining Dennard will be representatives from top musical theatre schools including Kaitlin Hopkins (Texas State University), Grant Kretchik (Pace University, Dyson College), Robin Lewis (Rider University),Barbara MacKenzie-Wood (Carnegie Mellon University), Mark Madama (University of Michigan), andAmy Rogers (Pace University). Dennard will also lead an information session for parents.
TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT will be held today, August 9, 2014 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Perelman Theater (300 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA).
Tickets are $25 - $128 and are available by calling 215-893-1999, online at kimmelcenter.org, at the Kimmel Center box office, Broad & Spruce Streets (open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., later on performance evenings).
About Broadway Dreams Foundation
The Broadway Dreams Foundation is a premier, national performing arts education program dedicated to ongoing engagement, inspiration, and access regardless of a student's ability to pay. With a faculty of Broadway stars, directors, and agents committed to giving back to the theatrical community, BDF provides invaluable training to anyone who aspires for a career in the performing arts. The unique program offers students highly personalized and supportive mentorship, an exciting and collaborative learning environment, and ongoing networking to build confidence and life skills.
As a direct result of their participation in BDF programing, more than 30 BDF students have landed roles in Broadway, national touring and regional productions, including Violet(Emerson Steele), If/Then (Ryann Redmond), Holler If Ya Hear Me (Ariana Groover),Beautiful The Carole King Musical (Noah Ricketts), The Book of Mormon (Paris Nesbitt), Annie (Gaby Bradbury), Evita (Katie Huff), The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess(Lindsay Roberts), Motown the Musical (Rodney Earl Jackson, Galen Williams, Melanie Evans), and Barry Manilow's Harmony (Greg Kamp).