This Sunday September 9th, 2012 is an exciting day for theatre lovers. Not only is Broadway on Broadway taking place in Times Square, PBS will premiere Broadway or Bust the first of a three part documentary series following the high school performers that participated in this year’s National High School Musical Theatre Awards (also known as the Jimmy Awards named after Mr. James Nederlander.) The NHSMTA took place in NYC this past June and followed 60 high school students who were nominated for leading roles in their high school musicals and were chosen to travel to NYC to participate in a week of workshops, master classes, and also a some theatre fun. This all culminated in an awards show held at the Minksoff theatre, home of The Lion King on Broadway. Camp Broadway worked as the general manager for the event.
This was my second year working as the lead talent wrangler on the show. My job consisted ofmaking sure the host/presenters and our judges had whatever they needed while backstage and escorting them around the theatre. I had a team of five assistant wranglers helping me out. Standing behind the scenes and watching the kids rehearse was especially fun, and seeing how thrilled stars of the upcoming Broadway musical Jekyll and Hyde starring Deborah Cox and Constantine Maroulis were watching as they watched performers was also a treat. Many people involved, myself included, remember what it was like to perform in high school and can understand what an unbelievably amazing experience these teenagers had. Being able to come to New York City and work with real Broadway professionals was seriously a dream come true for these young performers, as they will attest to on Sunday evening.
The documentary will also feature interviews with Constantine and Deborah that took place before the awards began. Another part of my job was helping PBS to find good spots at the Minksoff for these interviews.
In this photo taken by Constantine’s personal wrangler for the day, Justin Huebener, he is on the third floor balcony. The kids were having a preshow pep talk in the lobby below and kept cheering throughout so it will be fun to see if any of that made it into the interview.
Broadway or Bust will air on PBS for three consecutive weeks, Sundays at 9pm. Will you be watching? Be sure to tweet @CampBroadway to tell us as well as leave us your comments on our Facebook http://www.facebook.com/campbroadway
See you at the theatre!