Broadway Today brings music to Center for the Arts stage

Megan McQueen. Courtesy photo
Megan McQueen. Courtesy photo
New Mexico State University Theatre Arts Professor Megan McQueen continues her annual revue featuring the hottest shows on the Broadway stage with “Broadway Today 2016,” beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 12, at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts, 1000 E. University Ave., on the New Mexico State University campus.

“In the past year, Broadway has celebrated diversity by becoming a rich tapestry of all kinds of voices,” McQueen said. “From children’s voices in Matilda and Fun Home, to Black voices in The Color Purple, to deaf voices in Spring Awakening, to Asian voices in The King and I, to Hispanic voices in On Your Feet, there has been much more attention placed on authentically representing our society,” she said.

These are just a few of the many perspectives that will be showcased by more than 50 NMSU theatre and music students and community members in an evening that will also include bite-sized appetizers and desserts by Roanna St. Clair and Alma d’arte Charter High School culinary students.

Reserved tickets are $15 to $20 and are available at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts box office from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday — call 646-4515 — or at the Pan American ticket office or on the Ticketmaster website. Student rush tickets will be $5.

Broadway Today 2016 sponsorships will also be available at $100 for each. Sponsors can choose from the 18 musicals that will be presented, and will have their names listed in the program by association with that musical. They will also be acknowledged from the stage during the performance and will be invited to an onstage reception during intermission.

To sponsor a musical, contact Megan McQueen at 646-5952 or memcqu@nmsu.edu.

Here are some of the performances that will highlight the evening:

• NMSU senior Joey Rodriguez will do a duet with Doris Velez, and NMSU musical theatre students Caitlin Artrip, Daniela Castorena, Max Contreras, Parigrynne Cox, Daniel de la Rosa, Laura Mae Dille, Nicholas Holguin, Nichole Holguin, Cameron Lang, Mason Monk, Joseph Rodriguez and Palma Tavenner will perform My Junk from Spring Awakening.

Also from Spring Awakening, recent NMSU graduate Monique Harrison will work with Brianna Chacon, Nichole Holguin, Torrie Hughes, Miranda Lukens and Palma Tavenner on singing and signing (American Sign Language for the Deaf ) Mama Who Bore Me; and NMSU student and ASL expert Karina Mitchell will interpret the role of Wendla.

• Andrea Kiesling, Monique Harrison and Asiah Thomas-Mandlman will perform I’m Here and Our Prayer from The Color Purple;

• NMSU music student Ejerson Balbas will present Something Wonderful from The King and I;

• Ten men, Calvin Chervinko, Stephen Caroe, Matt Esqueda, Mason Monk, Cameron Lang, Tim Wilbur, Max Contreras, Jacob Darmata, Anton Ragas and Matt Rosales, will perform Hello from The Book of Mormon;

• Amanda Bradford will be joined by Mario Ragazzone to perform Leonard Berstein’s Carried Away, from On the Town;

• NMSU student Nichole Holguin will join community performers Janet Beatty-Payne, Amy Gaume Whipple and Megan Higgins in a raucous medley from Mamma Mia;

• A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder will feature Las Cruces actor/singer Brandon Brown performing two songs from the show with NMSU musical theatre students;

• Three current and former Alma d’arte Charter High School students, Alex Wheeler, Heather Hosford and Xodia Choate, will perform Matchmaker from The King and I;

• Ten-year-old Jennifer Brouhard will perform Ring of Keys from Fun Home;

• NMSU theatre senior Cameron Lang will perform King George’s humorous You’ll Be Back from Hamilton;

• Las Cruces piano phenomenon David Cunniff will perform his own arrangement from American in Paris;

• NMSU music graduate Bobby Harrison (1997) and Jamie Smith (2015) will join voices for a song from the movie-turnedmusical Finding Neverland;

• Theatre arts senior Austin Parrish will perform Sugar Daddy! from Hedwig and the Angry Inch;

• High school students Tim Wilbur, Savannah Jimenez, Abri Morales, Mott Rosales and Xodia Choate will be joined by middle school student Heidi Brown and elementary school students Annabel Simpson and Grace Mynatt in When I Grow Up, from Matilda. NMSU sophomore Caitlin Atrip is choreographing this number and also performs in it;

• NMSU senior Veronica Bissell and freshman Calvin Chervinko will join forces for I Love the Way from Something Rotten;

• Marybeth Torres will perform Natural Woman from Beautiful, the Carole King Musical;

• NMSU sophomore Parigrynne Cox will perform the title song from Amazing Grace;

• NMSU music graduate Valerie Mirelez will do vocals and NMSU students will perform on percussion (the percussion arrangement is by El Paso actor/singer/director Justin Lucero) in a selection from On Your Feet.

For more information, including video links to samples from performers, visit nmsutheatre.com/BroadwayToday.php. See the event’s Facebook page at facebook.com/events/1547413248905514/