Jerry Mitchell Directs Lauper and Fierstein Musical Kinky Boots
Conservatory alum Jerry Mitchell helms the new Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein musical Kinky Boots. The story centers on the unlikely relationship between Charlie Price, who has suddenly inherited his father’s shoe factory, and Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. Jerry Mitchell is a multiple award winning director and choreographer including Legally Blonde (Olivier Award for Best Musical, Tony nomination and Drama Desk nomination for choreography, Drama Desk nomination for direction.) Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics' Circle Awards for choreographing the 2005 revival of La Cage aux Folles, as well as a Tony nomination as choreographer of The Full Monty, Hairspray, Never Gonna Dance and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
LA Weekly Theatre Awards
The Conservatory was well represented at the 2013 LA Weekly Theatre Awards ceremony. Vanessa Stewart's play Stoneface won Best Production, Ensemble, Direction, Production Design, and Video Production. A play about Buster Keaton, Stoneface starred Vanessa's husband French Stewart. Also bringing home honors was the LA production of Silence! The Musical with book by Hunter Bell. The show won for Best Musical Ensemble.
Webster alum Tre Davis appears in The Movement Theatre Company's production of Look Upon Our Lowliness: A Spoken Word Elegy for a Chorus of Male Voices. "When a young gay man is found dead in his New York apartment, his best friends are left wondering why."
Graham in Hit the Wall
Alum Nathan Lee Graham appears in the new off-Broadway drama Hit the Wall. Playbill refers to it as a "rock propelled gay rights drama" about the Stonewall Inn and the riots that changed gay rights in this country. Originally staged as part of Steppenwolf's Garage Theatre, the show is now running at the Barrow Street Theatre, just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn.
Alumna Katy Sullivan appeared in an episode of Tim Allen's sitcom Last Man Standing. The episode was entitled Mike's Pole, in which Katy played a double amputee war veteran who puts a human face on the seriousness of combat.
(re)discover's As You Like It
Webster grads have produced their third show as (re)discover theatre in Chicago. With an adaptation by Jess Shoemaker, directed by Matt Wills, the company presented As You Like It. Jess Shoemaker played Orlando, Miriam Reuter played Celia and Janet Howe did costumes.
Alumna Coaches for Idol
Alumna Adriana McPhee is in her second season as a vocal coach on American Idol. Adriana's sister Catherine was a finalist on the show and now appears in Smash.