Even Broadway musicals have bloopers.
Actor Daniel C. Levine, who once made his Broadway debut as Marius in the world-famous “Les Miserables,” and a cast of five other renowned Broadway vets will belt out hits from the popular musicals they once starred in and give the audience an inside scoop at life on the Great White Way through personal tidbits and stories about their big breaks and big gaffes.
“I had the idea of what if the audience could actually see what happens backstage in a Broadway show, what happens when things go wrong, what happens in auditions, what happens when you forget your line on stage in front of 3,000 people, what happens if you forget to put the microphone on — all of these different things that when people pay to go to see a Broadway show they don’t think about,” said Levine, who created “Broadway Backstage.”
The upcoming performance of “Broadway Backstage” on March 23 will feature, along with Levine, Matt Farnsworth who shined in “Cats,” Michael Seelbach who starred in “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Cheryl Stern who took the lead in “The Laughing Room Only,” Jenn Colella who performed in “Chaplin,” and Trisha Rapier who gleamed in “Sister Act.”
Levine promises that the audience will really get to know the actors and actresses who will be dressed in their “street clothes” throughout the two-hour performance that strings together video segments of interviews and actual footage from shows.
Along with true stories, the night will feature live performances — in the 699-seat world-class theater house at Kingsborough Community College’s performing arts center — of 35 Broadway hits from musicals including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Chicago,” and “Les Miserables,” with the accompaniment of a four-piece band headed by Bryan Perri, who is the conductor for “Wicked.”
“Broadway Backstage” presented by On Stage at Kingsborough [2001 Oriental Blvd. near Oxford Street in Manhattan Beach, (718) 368–5596, www.onstag