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BEST OF BROADWAY: Brian d’Arcy James

Since taking over as the Scotland Editor at The Public Reviews, time to update the blog has been rare. Looking after a large team of writers and theatres covering the whole of Scotland is hugely rewarding, sometimes frustrating, utterly time-consuming but down right fabulous all the same.

Hopefully as theatres head towards pantomime season things will slow down a little and normal service here at my theatre home, can resume.

Previous series such as Musical Theatre Madness have had many thousand hits, as have the interviews and features on classic musicals and theatre DVDs, so, with the intention of getting back to what the blog was intended to be: a celebration of theatre, today is the first in a series of posts featuring the very best (and my personal favourite) performers.

First up is the truly brilliant Brian d’Arcy James, with a Broadway resume that would make most performers green. A gifted actor with a voice that manages to marry astonishing power, pure emotion and the most beautiful tone, here are a few treats for your ears. (And also to make up for the fact that one of Broadway’s most celebrated stars doesn’t get a chance to sing in the TV show about Broadway he appears in!)

The original HD version of this song and the sublime Marvin Hamlisch Live at the Lincoln Centre tribute concert, featuring the very best of Broadway: Raúl Esparza, Audra MacDonald, Kelly O’Hara and Josh Groban, can be found here: http://video.pbs.org/video/2322359038/

Original YouTube clip here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4th-n2gd7Ps

Original YouTube clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqgRNr6Z_08

Original YouTube clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbVIDRKIkA0

Broadway

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Off-Broadway

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Discography

  • Shrek the Musical [Original Broadway Cast]
  • White Christmas [Original Broadway Cast]
  • The Man Who Would Be King
  • From Christmas Eve to Christmas Morn [Solo CD]
  • Michigan Christmas [Solo CD Single]
  • Sweet Smell of Success [Original Broadway Cast]
  • The Wild Party [Original Off-Broadway Cast]
  • Titanic [Original Broadway Cast]
  • Dream True World Premiere Recording
  • Brownstone [Studio Cast]
  • The Maury Yeston Compilation
  • Jonathan Franzen’s How to Be Alone
  • Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens New York
  • The Stephen Schwartz Album [Studio Cast]
  • Myths and Hymns [Off-Broadway Original Cast]
  • Violet [Off-Broadway Original Cast]
  • Far From the Madding Crowd [Studio Cast]
  • The Civil War [Studio Concept Cast]
  • The Stephen Sondheim Album [Studio Cast]
  • Floyd Collins [Original Cast]
  • Carousel [Revival Cast]

He will star in the Lincoln Center Theater production of Macbeth, which will begin previews in October 2013 and officially open at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre in November 2013

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Details here: http://www.lct.org/showMain.htm?id=223

BEST OF BROADWAY: Raúl Esparza

Since coming to prominence on Broadway in Cabaret and The Rocky Horror Show (for which he won a Theatre World Award), Esparza has won plaudits for his roles in: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Normal Heart, Dessa Rose, Comedians, The Green Violin (Barrymore Award win) Merrily We Roll Along and Sunday in the Park With George (Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration, Helen Hayes nomination), tick, tick…BOOM! (Obie Award, Drama Desk nomination) The Good Person of New Haven; Evita (Jefferson nomination) and has received Tony nominations in all four acting categories, for which an actor is eligible: Taboo, The Boy George musical as Philip Salon (for which he won the Drama Desk Award), as Bobby in Stephen Sondheim’s Company, for  David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow and for Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming. Recent Broadway credits include Arcadia and the razzle dazzle con-man in the 2012 musical Leap of Faith. He is widely and highly regarded for his versatility on stage.