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BWW TV: Choreographer Parker Esse on North Carolina Theatre's NEWSIES


From July 24th-29th, North Carolina Theatre will be presenting the Tony-winning Disney hit, NEWSIES, at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. I recently had the great pleasure of stopping by rehearsal to interview the choreographer of this production, Parker Esse.

After performing on Broadway, in national tours, and regionally, Parker Esse followed his passion to the other side of the creative table as director/choreographer. He is a multiple Helen Hayes and CT Critics Circle nominee, and the 2010 Helen Hayes Winner for Best Choreography for Arena Stage's OKLAHOMA!

Mr. Esse has served as director/choreographer for CRAZY FOR YOU and West Side Story at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival, and choreographer for Sondheim and Marsalis' A BED AND A CHAIR: A NEW YORK LOVE AFFAIR directed by John Doyle at New York City Center Encores! and Jazz at Lincoln Center; RAGS, A WONDERFUL LIFE, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, THE MOST HAPPY FELLA, and CAROUSEL at Goodspeed Opera House; THE PAJAMA GAME, CAROUSEL, OLIVER!, Fiddler on the Roof, SMOKEY JOE'S CAFÉ, THE MUSIC MAN, and THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA at Arena Stage; WEST SIDE STORY at Signature Theatre; LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS and BELLS ARE RINGING at Berkshire Musical Theatre Festival; ME AND MY GIRL, SWEET CHARITY and GUYS AND DOLLS at Canada's Shaw Festival.

He served as associate choreographer for Broadway's Finian's Rainbow and A Tale of Two Cities; five New York City Center Encores! productions; Off-Broadway's RATED P FOR PARENTHOOD; Pre-Broadway/National Tours of HAZEL THE MUSICAL, BULL DURHAM, FOLLIES, LUCKY GUY, DANCING IN THE DARK, 101 DALMATIANS - THE MUSICAL, and MAME.

Parker is co-founder and artistic director of The Broadway Master Class Series and a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

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