Assorted Theater Videos
(Bobby) The winner of six Tony Awards, the show revolves around Bobby (a single man unable to commit fully to a steady relationship, let alone marriage), the five married couples who are his best friends, and his three girlfriends. Unlike most musicals, which follow a clearly delineated plot, Company is a concept composed of short vignettes, presented in no chronological order, linked by a celebration for Bobby's 35th birthday.
"At the center of all this was Connor Bogart as an immediately endearing, absolutely adorable Bobby..."
(Abraham) A musical comedy centering on a fictitious Christian boy band, the show satirizes, among other things, the phenomenon of boy bands and the popularity of Christian-themed music in contemporary American culture. The show is presented in real time as the final concert of the national "Raise the Praise" tour staged by the five member group. It is currently the ninth longest-running Off-Broadway musical of all time.
"Slick, slick, slick, the 'Boyz' look and sound like a million bucks..."
(Harold Bride) Set on the world famous ocean liner RMS Titanic which sank on its maiden voyage on April 15, 1912, Titanic the musical examines the causes, the conditions and the characters involved in this ever-fascinating disaster. It tells the factual story of her officers, crew and passengers, and was the winner of five Tony Awards, including the award for Best Musical. This was a 100th anniversary, full symphony performance.
"Favorite moment: The brilliant duet by Jude McCormick (Frederick Barrett) and Connor Bogart (Harold Bride)."
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
(Joseph) One of the most popular musicals of our time, this Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical tells the Biblical story of a young man whose brothers are jealous of their father's favoritism toward him and the beautiful coat he receives as a gift. They sell him into slavery in Egypt, telling their father he has been murdered, but he ultimately becomes important to the Pharaoh through his ability to interpret dreams.
"The title role of Joseph is played by Connor Bogart, a gifted force to be reckoned with. His powerful vocals matched with his likeable portrayal of Joseph makes him a wonderful choice as the center of this classic story."
The Last Five Years
(Jamie) Exploring a five-year relationship between Jamie Wellerstein, a rising novelist, and Cathy Hyatt, a struggling actress. The show is told in reverse chronological order (Kathy beginning the show at the end of the marriage), and Jamie's is told in chronological order (starting just after the couple have first met). The characters do not directly interact except for a wedding song in the middle as their timelines intersect.
"The talent in this production causes the theater to bulge at the seams"
(Chris) Written by the composers of the smash musical "Les Miserables", Miss Saigon is based on Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly, and similarly tells the tragic tale of a doomed romance. The setting of the plot is relocated to 1970s Saigon during the Vietnam War, and Madame Butterfly's story of marriage between an American lieutenant and Japanese girl is replaced by a romance between an American GI and a Vietnamese bar girl during the final days of the American occupation, and their tragic reunion years later.
"As the young man who unwittingly falls in love with Kim, Bogart reveals an astonishing voice that begins deep in his chest and yields immense richness, clarity, and expressive quality."
(Jinx) A musical revue of the close-harmony, all-male singing groups that reached the height of their popularity during the 1950s. This quartet of clean-cut, high-school chums dreams of recording an album ended in death in a collision with a bus filled with schoolgirls on their way to see the Beatles' American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. The play begins with the Plaids returning from the afterlife for one final chance at musical glory.
"This quartet of young men does an outstanding job of harmonizing while trying to remember their "Plaid" choreography that they haven't rehearsed since that fateful night"
(Anthony) Tony award winner for Best Musical, and now a major motion picture; the show tells the story of Benjamin Barker, aka Sweeney Todd, who returns to London after 15 years' transportation on trumped-up charges. When he finds out that his wife poisoned herself after being raped by the judge who transported him, he vows revenge on the judge and, later, the whole world. He teams up with a baker, Mrs. Lovett, and opens a barbershop in which he slits the throats of customers and has them baked into pies.
"One doesn't expect to find a cast of such stellar abilities, even the demanding Sondheim likely would find this ensemble up to musical snuff."