Josh Prince, Larry Keigwin, Lorin Latarro Kick Off Broadway Dance Lab Cycle 4 Today
The Lab is set to begin today, Aug. 4 and will culminate with a benefit presentation on Oct. 4 at the historic Judson Memorial Church.
Joining BDL as dancers for Cycle 4 are Evan Autio, Justina Aveyard, Melanie J. Comeau, Chloe Davis, David Ferguson, Kory Geller, Mary Kate Hartung, Alex J. Hathaway, Marissa Palley, Nicholas Ranauro, Clifford Williams, and Latra Wilson.
Founded in 2012 by Prince, BDL's mission is to support the development of new work by providing choreographers and their collaborators with dancers, space and the time needed to practice their craft and test their ideas. The non-profit company works under the guidance of a distinguished advisory board, whose members include Donna McKechnie, Chita Rivera and Ben Vereen.
"The securing of dancers and figuring out how to do your own prep is a vicious learning curve which I'm still not on top of," BDL Cycle 3 choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler said. "Broadway Dance Lab gives me a feeling of ease because I know everything I need to work is going to be there. The controlled environment provides so much for the creative mind."
In addition to Blankenbuehler, past BDL choreographers have included Marcelo Gomes, Camille A. Brown, Karen Sieber and Geoffrey Goldberg. The company has been presented by the Guggenheim Museum's Works and Process, and has been featured on the PBS series NYC-Arts as well as the American Theatre Wing's Working In The Theatre.
"In order for our art form to progress, our investment in the future is critical," Princesaid. "In a field that is always demanding new, innovative work, we need a safe placewhere artistic growth can be encouraged. BDL is that place."
To learn more about Broadway Dance Lab and how to get involved, visit www.broadwaydancelab.org.
Broadway Dance Lab is a 501(c)(3) organization founded by Broadway choreographer, Josh Prince (Beautiful, Shrek), and serves as a choreography incubator designed to promote the use of dance in musical theater. The company provides space, dancers and private creative time to choreographers of all technical backgrounds so that they may grow their ideas and collaborate more effectively with colleagues in the field.
After graduating with a BFA in Musical Theatre from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, Josh appeared on Broadway in Little Me, starring Martin Short and Faith Prince, as well as Saturday Night Fever, where he understudied the role of "Bobby C". He starred Off-Broadway in Forbidden Broadway and the play, In The Wings. He also toured the country as Skimbleshanks in Cats and played Carmen Ghia in The Producers (opposite Jason Alexander and Martin Short) at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles. In addition to many concert appearances (NYC's Town Hall, London's Royal Festival Hall, Dublin's National Concert Hall to name a few) and numerous roles in regional theater, Josh has also appeared on Law and Order: SVU and can be seen in the movie A Cinderella Story with Hillary Duff and Jennifer Coolidge. He can also be heard as Cat on the 2001 US recording of the Olivier Award Winning musical, Honk!.
In 2006, Josh turned his attention toward direction and choreography and presented his work at a prestigious industry showcase, Dance Break. Three weeks later, Josh was asked to join the creative team of the Tony nominated Shrek, The Musical, which opened on Broadway at the Broadway Theater in December, 2008 and went on to tour the US and play in London's West End at the Theater Royal Drury Lane. For his choreography in Shrek, The Musical he received an Outer Critics Circle Nomination. Since then, he has had the pleasure of working at Carnegie Hall (The Jerry Springer Opera, starring Harvey Keitel), Lincoln Center (Camelot, starring Gabriel Byrne - PBS), The Kennedy Center (Spring Gala, hosted by Liza Minelli; Latino Inaugural Celebration in 2013 with Chita Rivera and Rita Moreno), Town Hall (All Singing All Dancing, co-director), The Brooklyn Academy Of Music (The Bridge Project 2009/10, directed by Sam Mendes), and The New Group (The Kid; Bunty Berman Presents, directed by Scott Elliott). In London, he has worked at The Old Vic (The Bridge Project), The Royal Festival Hall (Singin' In The Rain) and The Royal Albert Hall (My Fair Lady, Chor.; BBC Prom 59 starring Family Guy creator, Seth MacFarlane. Dir./chor.). Josh recently had the pleasure of working with award winning director, James Lapine, and composer William Finn on the revival of A New Brain for City Center Encores! Off-Center.
Josh is currently the choreographer for the hit Broadway show, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, which was nominated for a Tony in 2014 and an Olivier Award after it opened in the London's West End in Feburary 2015 at the Aldwych Theatre. For his work on Beautiful, Josh was nominated for the Fred and Adele Astaire Award and the Olivier Award. Beautiful launched its US National Tour tour in September of 2015. In 2017, he will direct the new musical, Fabulous Fitches, for Kansas City Rep and will mount a fourth company of Beautiful in Australia later that year.