Photo Flash: Inside The World Premiere Of THE EARLY NIGHT SHOW LIVE! Starring Joshua Turchin And Mckayla Twiggs
The West End Lounge and producer Ian Connor played host on Sunday, August 19, 2018 to the world premiere cabaret of The Early Night Show LIVE! created, written, directed and performed by Joshua Turchin and Mckayla Twiggs. The young comedy duo drew lots of laughs and applause throughout their cabaret featuring music, sketch comedy, improv, and special guests.
As part of the 70 minute cabaret, highlights included Mckayla Twiggs' brilliant acoustic version of the hit Ariana Grande song, "No Tears Left To Cry", accompanied by Joshua Turchin. Joshua Turchin's vocal and piano performance of "Michael In The Bathroom" from the hit off Broadway musical Be More Chill had the audience roaring with applause. The duo harmonized beautifully on several songs including "Falling Slowly" from Once the Musical, the show which marked Mckayla's Broadway debut years ago.
Special guest and Broadway veteran Rachel Resheff wowed the audience with her rendition of "Reflection" from Mulan, with Joshua Turchin accompanying her. The audience received another special surprise when Broadway's Michael Thatcher joined Joshua Turchin and Mckayla Twiggs during their performance of "Alone In The Universe" from Seussical the Musical.
The show included additional songs, including Turchin's original score of "The Princess Song", as well as skits, tap dance break and more fun involving audience participation.
More shows will be announced soon. Get social with The Early Night Show LIVE on Instagram @theearlynightshow!
Joshua Turchin is the founder and music director of Broadway Kids Jam(@broadwaykidsjam) and is an actor, singer, dancer, musician, composer and lyricist. Select professional credits: A Christmas Story the Musical (Nat'l Broadway Tour); TrevorLive LA; The Pill (Off Broadway- La MaMa); Caroline, or Change; Becca's Bunch (Nick Jr. Commercials); iHeartRadio (Recurring); Developmental Lab: Andrew Lloyd Webber's Unmasked; Developmental Staged Readings: Bla Bla Land (Forbidden Broadway); XY the Musical; Dust and Shadow; Wendy Unwritten; Christmas in Hell; A Christmas Carol (Century Club); Kris Kringle; Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet; solo artist, composer and lyricist of the song "What's a Jew to Do on Christmas" on all digital media outlets. Instagram: @joshuaturchin visit Joshua Turchin's Website for more at http://www.joshuaturchin.com!
Mckayla Twiggs' Broadway credits include the original productions of ONCE Musical, LES MISERABLES Revival, and ANASTASIA. She has made guest appearances on NETFLIX'S ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK and BLACK MIRROR. She can be seen in feature films WINTER'S TALE, and "37" the Kitty Genoese murder. Developmental and staged reading include: IOWA, ANASTASIA, TABLE World Preview and Amanda Peet's OUR VERY OWN CARLIN MCCULLOUGH. Instagram: @mckaylatwiggs
Special guest Rachel Resheff (stage, film, and television actress) recently originated the role of Jessica Drexel in Larry David's hit play Fish in the Dark, her fifth Broadway show. Other notable Broadway credits include: The People in the Picture, Mary Poppins, Billy Elliot, and Shrek the Musical. Rachel has been on the big screen in Annabelle Hooper and The Ghosts of Nantucket, The Boat Builder co-starring Christopher Lloyd, The New Weapon, and The Escort alongside Lindsay Fonseca. She also had starring film roles in Eric Mendelsohn's 3 Backyards, and Tick Tock Time Emporium. Orange is the New Black viewers may recognize her as young Alex Vause (Laura Prepon) in Netflix's critically acclaimed series. She also has recurring roles in Netflix's Friends from College and Seven Seconds. Rachel originated numerous roles in comedic Off-Broadway plays including The Big Meal, directed by Tony winner Sam Gold, and Everything is Ours, written by Nikole Beckwith. A recent graduate of the prestigious LaGuardia Arts High School, Rachel will be attending Harvard University in the fall of 2019. Rachel catalogued her journey as a young performer entering teen-hood in "The Edge of Seventeen", an encore of her two previous one-woman shows at the iconic 54 Below.
Surprise Guest Michael Thatcher recently made his Broadway debut in The Play that Goes Wrong. Select Credits: Off-Broadway: Julius Caesar (NYSF), The Time Machine (NYMF); National Tours: Guys & Dolls, A Christmas Story; Other NYC: TITAN Theatre Company, Pocket Universe, Hamlet Isn't Dead; Regional: Utah Shakespeare Festival, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Sacramento Music Circus, Seven Angels Theatre; TV: "Quantico" (ABC). MFA, University of Houston.
Photo Credit: Michael Kushner