Maverick Debuts Solo Show Of Song And Dance
For 22-year-old Nicky Wood, there is no better way to spend a weekend off than onstage at the Barn Theatre. Wood is back in his old stomping grounds (Stuart, FL) for one day only to raise a glass to a century of Broadway's brightest stars, shows, songs and stories.
"We are excited to have Nicky grace our stage again. He is a charismatic entertainer our audiences often request and love to see," said Barn Theatre Marketing Director, Chris Mazzella.
Working as a Production Show Stager at Norwegian Creative Studios, Wood spends his travel time listening to one-person concerts such as Elaine Stritch AT LIBERTY, Susan Egan THE BELLE OF BROADWAY and Bette Midler LIVE AT LAST. "For years I've been afraid to mount a solo show because I don't have an armory of stories about my days on Broadway, simply because they haven't happened yet," Wood said chuckling. "After stumbling upon boxes of my college research papers I thought, 'You know, I can't tell my Broadway stories (yet), but I can tell the stories of the people who inspire me and my craft!'"
Wood's world premiere concert with a twist, YES SIR, THAT'S MY BROADWAY, runs June 16th at 2 and 8 PM. He uses this intimate cabaret to intertwine his favorite showtunes of today, yesterday and tomorrow, while stringing it together with 114 years of Broadway anecdotes.
"I've been lucky to have inspirational and passionate theatre history teachers in my life...Dale Reith at IRSC; Jim Brown, Trevin Cooper and Aaron C. Thomas at UCF; Annie Morrison and Mana Allen at Broadway Theatre Project. Broadway's history is like a patchwork quilt," said Wood. He is excited to merge his passions for performance and history as his new concert explores the interesting and diverse story of American musicals.
"From what could easily become a mind-numbing history class, Nicky has crafted an entertaining, engaging, and enlightening evening of music, overflowing with humor, innovation and the bravura of the greatest song and dance men," said Dr. Francesca Pratten, a theatre historian and published author of TWO LIVES, MANY DANCES.
YES SIR, THAT'S MY BROADWAY features timeless showtunes, including Fascinatin' Rhythm, Something's Comin', A Lot of Livin', Corner of the Sky and many more. When asked about his varied song choices, Wood said, "It has something for everyone, from the Gene Kelley golden age of my grandfather's demographic, to the HAIR revolution of my parent's time, and to my generation's NEWSIES."
The production's press release invites audiences to come on along and listen to the lullabies that made The Great White Way what it is today. From Porter to PIPPIN, Cohan to COMPANY and Sondheim to SOUND OF MUSIC, Wood's invention promises a nonstop song and dance hit parade.
"This is very different than anything I've ever done before. With immersive multimedia, artful pantomime and intimate barebones storytelling, it's exciting to share this experience with my family by my side," said Wood. "They make me the luckiest guy on earth."
For tickets, call (772) 287-4884 or visit Barn-Theatre.com. Tickets $20.