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Sep 12

Ariana Grande and Other Broadway Stars Branching Out!

In my opinion, there is nothing better than seeing my favorite Broadway stars perform on stage. The energy is unbeatable and the experience is second to none. Unfortunately, Broadway tickets can get expensive, not to mention the fact that many of us, myself included, don’t live in New York. But thankfully, several of my favorite Broadway performers have started branching out into other mediums: television, film, and music. Here is some of my favorite work by these “double-agents”.

Television

Bunheads
Sutton Foster (Anything Goes, Thoroughly Modern Millie) stars as a personable yet slightly crazy showgirl-turned-dance-teacher in this ABC Family original series. As a dancer myself, I love watching the incredible ballet choreography featured in the show. In addition to fantastic dancing, Bunheads is well-written with spunky characters and wonderful wit. Foster’s character, Michelle Sims, is the kind of person I would love to be best friends with in real life. And as an added bonus, we get to see her sing AND dance throughout the series.

The Newsroom
If I had to describe Aaron Sorkin’s newest television endeavor, The Newsroom, in one word, it would be “fierce.” The Newsroom chronicles the happenings of a fictional television news station, following real-life current events. Sorkin writes an intelligent, witty script, as well as stunning characters. Among the actors playing these characters are not one, not two, but three different Broadway alums: John Gallagher, Jr. (Spring Awakening, American Idiot), Thomas Sadoski (Other Desert Cities) and Jeff Daniels (God of Carnage). All three flaunt their acting skills as they brilliantly portray complex, dynamic characters.

Film

Pitch Perfect
This crazy, lovable movie became an instant favorite amongst the teenage girl crowd. It follows the competition between two college a cappella groups trying for a national title. The male lead, quirky and lovable student Jesse, is played by Skylar Astin (Spring Awakening). One of my favorite things about Pitch Perfect is that we get to hear Astin’s wonderful voice. The soundtrack from the movie is a ton of fun, and the energy is through the roof. Pitch Perfect is a must-see for fans of funny yet smart coming-of-age movies like Mean Girls. It will instantly become your next sleepover go-to flick.

Music

Matt Doyle
With his two EP’s, Constant and Daylight, Matt Doyle (The Book of Mormon, Spring Awakening) has earned a permanent spot on my iPod. Each album features beautiful ballads and upbeat jams alike, each one perfectly showcasing his fantastic voice. Though all of the songs are amazing, a few in particular stand out to me. The lyrical, romantic ballad What You Stole never fails to give me butterflies. A more upbeat tune, Don’t Wait, makes me want to get up and dance. And sing. And hug Matt Doyle, and personally thank him for this contribution to the music world.

Ariana Grande
Pop’s latest sweetheart may look familiar from her stint on Nickelodeon shows like iCarly, Victorious and Sam and Cat, but Broadway-lovers remember her as an original cast member in Jason Robert Brown’s 13. As she takes over the world with her new album Yours Truly featuring songs like “The Way” and “Baby I,” we can’t help but feel a sense of pride knowing that this amazing voice got started on the Great White Way! Plus, we love that “Popular Song” features the famous “Popular” riff from Wicked.

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