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Which Colleges Did Current Broadway Performers Attend?

actor193actor193 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
edited May 2012 in Musical Theater Major
Just out of boredom, I made a list of the current Broadway performers in leading/featured roles, along with their college degree. Please feel free to correct any information!
* indicates s/he did not graduate

American Idiot
Van Hughes – Fordham
David Larsen – Carnegie Mellon
Rebecca Naomi Jones – North Carolina School of the Arts
Libby Winters – Whitman College

Anything Goes
Sutton Foster – Carnegie Mellon*
Laura Osnes – University of Wisconsin*
Colin Donnell – Indiana University

Billy Elliot
Emily Skinner – Carnegie Mellon
Greg Jbara – Juilliard
Will Chase – Oberlin Conservatory of Music

Catch Me If You Can
Norbert Leo Butz – Webster (BFA), Alabama (MFA)
Aaron Tveit – Ithaca*
Kerry Butler – Ithaca

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Mary Faber – Brandeis
Ellen Harvey – Boston University

Jersey Boys
Matt Bogart – Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music
Ryan Jesse – University of Northern Colorado
Dominic Nolfi – Boston Conservatory
Jarrod Spector – Princeton, Atlantic Theatre Company

La Cage Aux Folles
Christopher Sieber – AMDA

Mamma Mia
Lisa Brescia – AADA
Judy McLane – Ithaca

Mary Poppins
Ashley Brown – Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music

Chad Kimball – Boston Conservatory
Montego Glover – Florida State University

Million Dollar Quartet
Victoria Matlock – University of Northern Colorado
James Moye – James Madison University

Priscilla: Queen of the Desert
Will Swenson – Brigham Young University
Nick Adams – Boston Conservatory

Sister Act
Patina Miller – Carnegie Mellon
Victoria Clark – Yale (BA), NYU (MFA)

The Addams Family
Bebe Neuwirth – Juilliard*

The Book of Mormon
Josh Gad – Carnegie Mellon

The Lion King
Gareth Saxe – NYU (MFA)
Dashaun Young – California State University, Fullerton
Chauntee Shuler – University of Richmond*

Theh Phantom of the Opera
Hugh Panaro – Temple University
Sara Jean Ford – Carnegie Mellon

Laura Woyasz - Shenandoah University
Teal Wicks – University of California, Irvine
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Replies to: Which Colleges Did Current Broadway Performers Attend?

  • MTKidsBiggestFanMTKidsBiggestFan Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    I love that you did this and shared it with everyone- thanks
  • snapdragonflysnapdragonfly Registered User Posts: 646 Member
    Except for a couple of west coasters and Floridians, everyone looks well to the east of the Mississippi. :(
    Texas needs to work harder.
  • tikimomtikimom Registered User Posts: 91 Junior Member
    While in NYC last month on a choir trip, D and I saw Anything Goes and Memphis. Among the more centrally located schools represented in the cast bios were:

    Oklahoma City University
    Alabama State

    Those who listed schools in their bios tended to be in the ensemble, not the leads, but still, it looks as if the eastern schools don't have a lock on this. :)
    (And I should maybe mention--there was one cast member who listed a BA in Biology!)
  • abparentabparent Registered User Posts: 320 Member
    How to Succeed In Business...
    Rose Hemingway - Catholic University of America
  • alwaysamomalwaysamom Registered User Posts: 11,522 Senior Member
    While it's fun to read the bios in Broadway playbills, don't let it be discouraging because of what schools are not represented. The reality is that very few of the thousands of kids who study theatre will EVER make it onto a Broadway stage. Inquire at the schools on your list as to where their grads are working and what type of work they're doing. It's important information to have but you can't use Broadway as your sole metric or you will almost always be sorely disappointed.
  • ttmomttmom Registered User Posts: 313 Member
    Amen alwaysamom!
  • AlexaMTAlexaMT Registered User Posts: 600 Member
    Agreed! Regional theatre and national tours produce a much more varied example of what schools have students working. :)
  • austinmtmomaustinmtmom Registered User Posts: 2,356 Senior Member
    I did a quick survey of a couple of national tours and found grads/current students of the following:AMDA, Ball State, Belmont, BOCO, UC Irvine, Carnegie Mellon, Catholic University, University of Central Oklahoma, Circle in the Square, Coastal Carolina, Columbia (Art History/French major), Elon, Florida State, U Florida, Hartt School, Ithaca, Louisiana Lafayette, U Maine, NYU, UNC - Chapel Hill, Notre Dame de Namur, Pace, Penn State, Point Park, RSAMD, Shenandoah Conservatory, SUNY Cortland, Syracuse, UArts, Wichita State, Wright State.

    I am sure a search of other tours would add even more. And once you add in the great regional theatres...
  • MomCaresMomCares Registered User Posts: 3,140 Senior Member
    It's also good to remember that many people who work on Broadway do so for a relatively short time. D has friends who have recently done Broadway stints that lasted for as little as 6 months! Broadway is a great line item on your resume, but that alone rarely makes a career.

    If you scan Playbills a year from now, a different set of schools may be represented.
  • MomCaresMomCares Registered User Posts: 3,140 Senior Member
    I'm guessing that most Universities/Conservatories post a list of alum who are currently/recently on Broadway.

    Here's what I notice about current NY/Broadway happenings from Northwestern, including Stephen Colbert in.... Company! And did August Osage County close?

    A list of your fellow Wildcats represented on Broadway and beyond this season
    last updated 2.13.11

    Anything Goes | Stephen Sondheim Theatre
    Raymond Lee (C04) as John

    Mamma Mia | Winter Garden Theatre
    Rachel Frankenthal (C07) as Swing

    Mary Poppins | New Amsterdam Theatre
    Brad Haak, Music Director/Conductor
    Mark Ledbetter (C00) as Ensemble
    Amber Owens (C02) as Ensemble
    Dale Reiling, Associate Conductor

    The Motherf**ker with the Hat | Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
    Todd Rosenthal (Professor), Scenic Design
    Anna Shapiro (Professor), Director

    Wonderland: A New Alice | Marquis Theatre
    Kate Shindle (C99) as Mad Hatter

    Black Tie | Primary Stages
    Gregg Edelman (C80) as Curtis

    Company | Avery Fisher Hall
    Stephen Colbert (C87) as Harry

    Elling | Barrymore Theatre
    Denis O'Hare (C84) as Elling

    The Merchant of Venice | Broadhurst Theatre
    Lily Rabe (C04) as Portia

    Time Stands Still | Cort Theatre
    Brian D'Arcy James (C90) as James Dodd
    Laura Linney as Sarah Goodwin

    It might be fun to add current info from other schools!
  • abparentabparent Registered User Posts: 320 Member
    for tours we can add Otterbein, UMich, USC, Marymount Manhattan, and U of Arizona (definitely west of the Mississippi.)
  • theatrenerd10theatrenerd10 Registered User Posts: 124 Junior Member
    Austinmtmom is wise to point out the students from schools working in Regional theatres and national tours. It seems like some students look for schools based on which schools have students on Broadway, even when "making it" really only involves having a job! Great list austinmtmom! It's so exciting that all those schools have grads working :)
  • austinmtmomaustinmtmom Registered User Posts: 2,356 Senior Member
    I almost forgot that my D has a friend who graduated from Texas State who is currently on tour. She is a wonderful performer!
  • beenthereMTdadbeenthereMTdad Registered User Posts: 496 Member
    I can't find last year list and when I get this year's I will repost but the following is just 2008-2009:

    From: Fran Charnas, Theatre Division

    Boston Conservatory Annual Alumni Report

    A small sampling of 2008-09 professional activities and accomplishments by our theatre alumni in NYC, LA and
    First Class National Tours

    Josh Grisetti BROADWAY BOUND – Eugene – Broadway – Fall of 2009
    ENTER LAUGHING – David Kolowitz – York Theatre, NYC – Off-Broadway
    (Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel
    nominations. Theatre World Award winner)
    THE KNIGHTS OF PROSPERITY – Series Regular (Louis Mintz) -
    ABC-TV/Touchstone/Worldwide Pants – Comedy Series
    SPAMALOT – Sir Robin – Las Vegas

    Chad Kimball MEMPHIS – Huey (Lead) – Broadway – Fall of 2009

    Dan’yelle Williamson MEMPHIS – Broadway Debut – Fall of 2009
    THE LION KING – Nala – 1st Class National Tour
    WICKED – Elphaba cover/ensemble – Chicago

    Stephanie Umoh RAGTIME – Sarah – Broadway Debut – Fall of 2009

    Erin Davie A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC – Charlotte – Broadway – Fall of 2009
    CURTAINS – Niki Harris – Broadway
    GREY GARDENS – Young Edie – Broadway and Film Documentary
    THE GLORIOUS ONES – Lead – Lincoln Center, NYC
    CAMELOT – Guinevere - Goodspeed

    Chelsea Stock THE LITTLE MERMAID – Ariel – Broadway

    Constantine Maroulis ROCK OF AGES – Drew - Broadway – TONY NOMINEE
    Broadway Beacon Award for support of Arts and Education
    Constantine Parros - Recurring Role
    CONSTANTINE – CD - Single “Everybody Loves” - Singer/Composer

    Adam Dannheisser ROCK OF AGES – Dennis - Broadway
    Karl Marx – Lincoln Center – Broadway
    CYMBELINE – Lincoln Center

    Noah Racey VAUDEVILLE – Cirque du Soleil– Lead – Directed by David Shiner - Broadway 2010
    TURN OF THE CENTURY – Choreographer – Thommie Tune, Dir. – Goodman Theatre
    CURTAINS – Bobby Pepper – Broadway & LA – Dir. Scott Ellis
    BUSKER ALLEY –benefit for The New Theatre – Dir. Tony Walton
    With Glen Close and Jim Dale
    Dominic Nolfi JERSEY BOYS – Tommy DeVito – Broadway

    Drew Sarich LES MISERABLES – Jean Valjean – Broadway (also Javert, Enjolras)
    FRANKENSTEIN (Premiere)– Lead – Papermill Playhouse, Milburn, NJ
    INTERNATIONAL VICTIM – Lead Singer/song writer – Indie, Alt. Punk

    Katherine McPhee THE LAST CALLER – Film – Lead
    I KNOW WHERE THE BOYS ARE – Film – Role-Harmony
    With Emily Stone, Beverly D’Angelo, Lauren Hill
    CSI: NY – Guest Star - 2009
    A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS – TV – Rod Stewart, Host –
    Musical Performance
    Kiss Concert – Musical Performance with Hillary Duff, Fergie, Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna

    Mark Lawson ONE LIFE TO LIVE – Brody Quinn - Soap Opera – ABC Network

    Jack Noseworthy THE SURROGATES – Film with Bruce Willis
    PRETTY UGLY PEOPLE –Film –TREVOR –with Allison Janney
    PHAT GIRLS – Film – Richard “Dick” Eckhard
    Episode: I Like to Watch

    Keesha Fleth GIRLFRIENDS – TV – Monica – Recurring Role
    Nominee as Best Supporting Actress – 39th Annual NAACP Image Awards
    WHY DID I GET MARRIED – Film – Pam –w/ Tyler Perry
    Sharon Leal, Janet Jackson

    Jason Jurman COUGER CLUB – Spense (Lead) - Film with Joe Montegna,
    Faye Dunaway and Carrie Fisher (Spring 2008)

    Laura Duncan SOUTH PACIFIC - Nellie cover – Lincoln Center
    DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS – Christine Colgate – 1st Class Tour

    Jason Snow SOUTH PACIFIC – Broadway Debut

    Natalie Toro A TALE OF TWO CITIES – Madam Defarge – Broadway
    IN THE HEIGHTS – First Class National Tour

    Nick Adams GUYS AND DOLLS – Liver Lips Louie - Broadway
    CHORUS LINE – Larry – Broadway
    Solo Cabaret Debut - Birdland

    Eddie Korbich THE LITTLE MERMAID – Scuttle -Broadway
    FACE THE MUSIC – Joe Malarkey –Encores! Prod. John Rando/Dir.
    Randy Skinner/Choreo. - NYC

    Janet Saia PHANTOM OF THE OPERA – Broadway

    Elisa Van Duyne FINIAN’S RAINBOW – Broadway – Fall of 2009
    110 IN THE SHADE – Broadway w/ Audra McDonald
    ADRIFT IN MACAO – Off-Broadway
    Gerard Alessandrini FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: RUDE AWAKENING – Author –
    John Freedson Producer - Latest Version – 26th year – Off-Broadway
    UTOPIA – Off-Broadway - HONORARY TONY 2008

    Ben Gettinger MAMMA MIA – Pepper – Broadway

    Alysha Umphress AMERICAN IDIOT (Green Day) – Berkeley Rep – Fall of 2009
    MAKE ME A SONG – The Music of William Finn–Cover–Off B’way

    Nicole Ruth Snelson LEGALLY BLONDE – Brooke Wyndam/ Shandi - Broadway
    CHORUS LINE – Cassie – 1st Class National Tour

    Ann L. Nathan SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE –multiple roles – Broadway
    BABY MAMA – Film - Starring Tina Fey
    DIRT – FX-TV
    AN AMERICAN IN PARIS – The Alley Theatre – Houston

    Andrew Durand SPRING AWAKENING – Gaylord/ Moritz cover – Broadway

    Jesse Swenson SPRING AWAKENING – Broadway

    David Benoit AVENUE Q – Nicky/Trekkie Monster/Bear – Broadway
    ALL SHOOK UP – 1ST Class National Tour

    Katie Adams WICKED - Glinda Cover – Broadway
    LUCKY GUY – Chicky - Goodspeed

    Kasey Marino HAIRSPRAY – Brad/Corny Collins cover – Broadway
    CATCH ME IF YOU CAN – Readings – NYC
  • srwsrw Registered User Posts: 1,480 Senior Member
    I hope this doesn't violate CC TOS. But here is a website that may be of interest,
    OCUNY. OCU has a very large and active alumni group in NY they have a program every spring break where they invite up current MT students, let them stay with them, have classes, workshops, show them the ropes of Broadway, etc. On this website, there is a little video explaining the program and shows many OCU alum and what shows they are in.
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