It’s that time again, when everyone has a song on their lips, a healthy dose of anxiety and is patiently awaiting the big man (or woman) to make that famous list and check it twice.
No, silly, Christmas time is over! We’re talking about the high school spring musical season! Students around the country will soon be choosing audition songs, wildly speculating about what this year’s show might be and eagerly awaiting that special day when the cast list is posted.
So, we thought it’d be fun to ask some Broadway folk what their senior year musical was and what part they were cast as. We were able to talk to the cast of “Something Rotten!” right before closing night on Jan. 1.
Here’s what they had to say:
Rob McClure (Nick Bottom): Charley in “Where’s Charley?”
McClure would brilliantly play Charley again for “Encores!” in 2011. Speaking of senior musicals, he is also responsible for writing one graduating class’s senior show. He wrote the book, music and lyrics for “The Bagel Factory,” about his time working in a bagel store during high school.
Josh Grisetti (Nigel Bottom): Curly in “Oklahoma!”
Adam Pascal (Shakespeare): N/A
Not surprisingly, Pascal was in a band in high school and devoted his time to that.
Leslie Kritzer (Bea): Maggie in “A Chorus Line”
Brad Oscar (Nostradamus): Noah in “Two By Two”
Catherine Brunell (Portia): Peter Pan in “Peter Pan”
In another example of why you should always be nice to everyone in the business, the man who would fly her in “Peter Pan” in high school would later become the same man in charge of flying her in “Mary Poppins” on Broadway.
David Beach (Bother Jeremiah): Bobby Van Husen in “The Boy Friend”
Edward Hibbert (Lord Clapham): Fagin in “Oliver!”
“And I was brilliant!” he said.
Gerry Vichi (Shylock): N/A
However, he did do plays in high school.
André Ward (Minstrel): The Beast in “Beauty and the Beast…Really?”
“That was the name of it, I swear! It was terrible!” he said. It should be noted that Ward then proceeded to perform most of the opening number, full out, from memory.
David Hibbard (Francis Flute/Ensemble): Leading Man in “Déjà Vu”
“It was a revue of all the best numbers from the last 10 years of the high school shows,” he said.
Jenny Hill (Ensemble): Reno Sweeney in “Anything Goes”
Stacey Todd Holt (Peter Quince/Ensemble): Jamie Lockhart in “The Robber Bridegroom”
Aaron Kubrick (Robin/Ensemble): Marryin’ Sam in “Li’l Abner”
Beth Johnson Nicely (Ensemble): N/A
“I did dance and cheerleading and show choir,” she said.
Aleks Pevec (Ensemble): Lt. Cable in “South Pacific”
Angie Schworer (Ensemble): N/A
She only did her sophomore-year play and was a bird and understudied Alice in “Alice in Wonderland.” “I always believed I didn’t get Alice because I had braces,” she said.
Eric Sciotto (Ensemble): Billy Bigelow in “Carousel”
“They were supposed to do ‘42nd Street’ because there were a bunch of us who could tap. Then, they did ‘Carousel?’ I was not happy,” he said.
Brian Shepard (Yorick/Ensemble): Nathan Detroit in “Guys and Dolls”
Tracee Beazer (Ensemble): N/A
“They did ‘Oliver!’ and I was cast as Nancy, but I couldn’t commit to the schedule because of another commitment. I did choreograph the show, though!” she said.
Brendon Stimson (Ensemble): The Beast in “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”
Brian Ogilvie (Tom Snout/Ensemble): Sid Sorokin in “The Pajama Game”
Tari Kelly (Ensemble): Guenevere in “Camelot”
Leah Hofmann (Ensemble): Purity in “Anything Goes”
Max Clayton (Ensemble): N/A
“I played basketball all through high school. I didn’t get into theatre until my third year of college,” he said.
Elizabeth Earley (Swing): N/A
“I only auditioned for the senior year musical,” she said. “They were doing ‘Grease,’ and I got the part of Miss Lynch but decided not to do it. I wouldn’t be in a show until my freshman year at NYU, which was ‘Camelot’ and I was Lady Anne.”
Eric Giancola (Swing/Dance Captain): Mr. Mushnik in “Little Shop of Horrors”
Callie Carter (Swing): N/A
“I was homeschooled, but I did do community theatre. So my ‘senior year,’ I was in the ensemble of ‘A Chorus Line,’” she said.
Matt Allen (Swing): Benny Southstreet in “Guys and Dolls”
Maggie Lakis (Bea on National Tour): Kim MacAfee in “Bye Bye Birdie”
“It was double cast, so when I wasn’t Kim, I was Ursula,” she said.
Tony Manger (Company Manager): Cupid in “Story Theater”
Charlie Underhill (Production Stage Manager): Abner Yokum in “Li’l Abner”
M.K. Flynt (Stage Manager): N/A
“I didn’t act in the senior musical, but I did stage manage it! It was ‘South Pacific,’” she said.
Peyton Becker (Stage Manager): Jo in “Little Women”
Patrick Wetzel (Assistant Stage Manager): Judas in “Godspell”
Terri Purcell (Wardrobe Supervisor): Sister in “Damn Yankees”
She also did the costumes, naturally.
Lolly Totero (Principal Dresser): Miss Adelaide in “Guys and Dolls”
Jack Scott (Principal Dresser): Adam in “The Apple Tree”
He also choreographed.