When I started this company almost five years ago I always envisioned having a full staff of tour guides who were members of the theatre business like myself, either onstage or backstage. Each year we slowly acquired a few more guides bringing us to our current number of eleven wonderful theatre professionals.
There are other companies who have always claimed to be providing "working actors from Broadway". When you book a tour with Broadway Up Close you are guaranteed to have a working theatre professional who is ACTUALLY still pursuing a successful career in commercial and artistic productions in NYC and beyond. I sought out the most passionate, knowledgable, fun, and (maybe most importantly) talented performers and stage managers to bring the current theatre landscape in NYC to life before your eyes on each and every tour. I am so proud of all of them and their accomplishments.
Recently our staff has been very busy! When they aren't on the sidewalks with our tour-goers they are gracing stages and theaters around the country. Below are some highlights of our staff's theatrical activities from the past couple of months. Have you seen any of them in a show near you? Let us know in your comments below!
See you on the sidewalks!
John Scacchetti recently concluded a run of A Chorus Line at The Weston Playhouse in Vermont. He showed he "could do that" nightly as Mike and tapped up a storm.
Ben Holtman opens this evening in a new production of Mary Poppins at The Palace Theater in Wisconsin. He plays a slew of different roles in the ensemble and understudies the butler Robertson Ay. Happy opening Ben!
BUC Owner Tim Dolan recently completed a run of The Wizard of Oz starring as Scarecrow at Westchester Broadway Theatre. He managed to lose 10 pounds while flipping, somersaulting and falling nightly in front of sold-out audiences.
Amanda Savan recently performed alongside a slew of celebrated performers in the "Broadway's Future" concert at Lincoln Center.
Joe Spieldenner just concluded a run of Les Miserables at North Shore Music Theater in Massachusetts playing the role of the always inebriated Grantaire.
Theresa Flanagan just began a run of the new play Pitbulls with Rattlestick Theatre Company off-Broadway. She is the production stage manager.
Bret Shuford just finished the out-of-town tryout of the Broadway bound musical Amazing Grace! He was a swing and understudied the lead role. To hear about his last minute first performance visit his personal blog here.
Katie Johannigman donned her choreographer's hat on a recent production of Mame at Human Race Theatre Company in Ohio.
Photo Credits: Pitbulls photo - Emon Hassan, Mame photo - Scott J. Kimmins, Les Miserables photo - Paul Lyden