‘That was so not my world, and I was like, ‘What am I doing here? This is so weird,” Mearns said. But their performance shifted her perception of what hip-hop dance can be. ‘It’s a contemporary version of hip-hop. It wasn’t just like fast movements. It was — there was artistic expression behind it, so that immediately brought me in,’ Mearns said.”
“Premiering July 5, the drama is set in 1983 against the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and its ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it.
The story follows numerous characters on a violent collision course, including: Franklin Saint (Damson Idris), a young street entrepreneur on a quest for power; Gustavo Zapata (Peris Mencheta), a Mexican wrestler caught up in a power struggle within a crime family; Teddy McDonald (Carter Hudson), a CIA operative running from a dark past who begins an off-book operation to fund the Nicaraguan Contras; and Luica Villanueva (Emily Rios), the self-possessed daughter of a Mexican crime lord.”
“Sara Mearns, 31, and Jared Angle, 36, of New York City Ballet, have been dancing together for about 10 years, tho’ugh they can’t remember exactly when they were first paired up by their boss, Peter Martins…
Ms. Mearns is a passionate, intense performer; Mr. Angle is more elegant and understated, one of the most coveted partners in the company, someone who can unobtrusively fix any problem — a balance gone awry, a wonky turn. It’s one of the things Ms. Mearns loves about dancing with him.”
“As far back as last fall, there were those in the New York theater industry whispering that the new musical “Come From Away” might turn into the 2016-17 season’s sleeper success story. But it sure didn’t seem likely: Here was a modestly-scaled musical from a pair of unknown writers with no stars in its small ensemble cast, tackling the serious, sensitive subject of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and their aftermath.
But despite long odds, ‘Come From Away’ snuck onto the scene to become a burgeoning hit, both with New York critics and with Broadway audiences, who are fueling million-dollar-plus weeks at the Schoenfeld Theater. The show made news in March when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ivanka Trump took in a performance together, and then again in May when ‘Come From Away’ scored seven Tony nominations including one for the top award for new musical.”
Tyler Jensen will be performing in Broadway’s Rising Stars at the Town Hall on July 10th at 8pm. Broadway Rising Stars is a national showcase that introduces New York audiences to the next generation of up-and-coming talent as chosen by a panel of discerning judges from among the most outstanding new graduates.
“The new musical Come From Away took home the top prize of Best Musical. The show also earned Jenn Colella the award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical and Irene Sankoff and David Hein the award for Outstanding Book.”
On the May 22 episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers, the cast of Come From Away—including Tony nominee Jenn Colella—performed the opening number from the Tony-nominated Best Musical.
Nearly 16 years after its silver screen release, Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding had its world premiere as a stage musical at Berkeley Repertory Theatre on Friday night. The musical is headed to Broadway after its run in San Francisco’s Bay Area, long considered the ideal testing ground for cinema-inspired plays.