Broadway Features and Reviews
NEXT BROADWAY STAR
ABOUT THE COMPETITION
Next Broadway Star kickoff was held on Monday, August 29, 2011 at the McDonald's store on 220 West 42nd Street, New York. Broadway.tv is joined forces with McDonald's 42nd Street store, in hosting the biggest talent competition Broadway has ever seen.
The celebritystudded event was attended by actors, supermodels, and stars of four hit Broadway shows including "Book of Mormon", "Jersey Boys", "La Cage Aux Folles", and "Hair".
VIP's that attended the event are listed below:
Russell Fischer Star of The Broadway Production of Jersey Boys
Marshal Kennedy Carolan The Broadway Production of Hair
Kevin Duda, The Broadway Production of The Book of Mormon and Dangerous Liaisons
Jason Snow, The Broadway Production of The Book of Mormon
Matt Anctil, Star of The Broadway Production of La Cage Aux Folles
Lauren LoGiudice, Star of the film When Harry Tries to Marry
Aryn Cole, All My Children, Ugly Betty and star of the upcoming film Lorenzo & Monica
Guto Bittencourt, Stage & Television star of The Love Affair & two international hit series Esmeralda & Malhacao
Max Rhyser, star of the series In Between Men and the upcoming film The Lair
Mike Woods, Meteorologist/Reporter, Good Day New York
Annmaria Mazzini, Star of The Paul Taylor Dance Company
Brandon Pope, Musician/Composer/Model
Patrick Hazlewood, Supermodel/Entrepreneur
Fiona Kuchina Supermodel/Actress/Entrepreneur, No Love In The City
Luis PerrusquiaDos Supermodel/Actor
The competition was hosted by Television/Stage star Jonathan D. Lovitz, the popular Host of the hit television series Set up Squad.
Judges for Next Broadway Star were:
Arne Gundersen, President of Actor's Equity Foundation;
Duncan Stewart, top Broadway Casting Director of Chicago The Musical, La Cage Aux Folles, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and the new musical YANK!;
Gunnar Larson, President & CEO of NetworkGlobal Companies.
The contestants were judged primarily on their vocal ability, energy, and stage persona. The viewers can vote for their favorite contestants online via Facebook, YouTube, and Broadway.tv.
This competition aims to provide a break for talented young singers and actors, who dream of making it big on the great white way. The ultimate winner will receive a cash prize of $5,000 dollars, and the chance to audition with the most prestigious casting directors and producers on Broadway.
HOW TO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE CONTESTANT Voting for your favorite contestant is fairly simple. You can click on the photo of your favorite contestant below, and click on the Facebook Like button displayed above the video. All you need is a Facebook account to vote. Each Facebook and Like counts as one vote. Hurry up and cast your vote before the cut-off date on October 3rd at 12am EST."**
Please find the complete list of quarterfinalist with the links to their videos below:
1. Josephine Bauza "Take Me or Leave Me" Rent
2. Ned Donovan "Lost in the Wilderness" by Children of Eden
3. Sherly Saint Cloud "The Greatest Love of All" by Whitney Houston
4. Clare Solly"Ain't There Anyone Here to Love"
5. Mario Bueno "One Song Glory" from Rent
6. David Michaels "You Raise Me Up"
7. Collette McLafferty"Don't Stop Believing"
8. Mariana Leon "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus
9. Whitney Winfield "Gimme Gimme" by Modern Millie
10. Bianca Espinal "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele
Lyle Colby Mackston
Sherly Saint Cloud