At Hand Theatre Company’s 2nd annual Earth Day concert, Broadway Recycled, packed the house at Joe’s Pub on April 25, 2011 as some of the most talented Broadway performers resurrected songs that were cut from Broadway musicals. Directed by Jennifer Ashley Tepper with musical direction by Julie McBride, the show featured songs from Hair, 13 The Musical, Side Show, Rent, Chicago, Spring Awakening, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Baker’s Wife, The Boy from Oz, Bloodsong of Love, Guys and Dolls, Tick Tick Boom, Subways Are For Sleeping, Betty Boop and Ragtime.
Why these songs didn’t become big Broadway hits is beyond me. The performances were so incredibly moving and the songs seemed to come to life right in front of our eyes. An exceptionally talented group of performers graced the stage, including Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown (13 The Musical), whose performance of “Being a Geek” was particularly memorable. His recount of the song’s history was so hilarious and affectionate, I fell in love with it before he sang the first note.
The list of performers included: Michael Friedman (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Bryan Knowlton (A Chorus Line), Matt Shingledecker (West Side Story), Sean Bradford (The Lion King), Katrina Rose Dideriksen (Hairspray), Jessica Lee Goldyn (A Chorus Line), Jeff Hiller (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Natalie Joy Johnson (Legally Blonde), Adam Kantor (Rent), Andy Karl (Legally Blonde), Andrew Kober (Hair), Liz Larsen (Starmites), MK Lawson (Bloodsong of Love), Tracy McDowell (Rent), Andy Mientus (Spring Awakening), Kevin Michael Murphy (Awesome 80?s Prom), Kate Pazakis (South Pacific), Kate Rockwell (Legally Blonde), Lance Rubin (Things To Ruin), A.J. Shively (La Cage Aux Folles), Taylor Trensch (Little Miss Sunshine).
At Hand Theatre Company (Daniel Horrigan, Artistic Director; Justin Scribner, Executive Director) was founded in 2007 with a mission to produce new plays in greener ways. At Hand’s theatrical productions are created using environmentally conscious means, with limited materials. Their directors, designers, and actors work collaboratively with playwrights on original texts – helping them shape the script, negotiating the language of the play, and focusing the storytelling. At Hand’s next production, Anton Dudley’s Letters to the End of the World, begins April 29 at Theatre Row Studio Theatre. For more information visit www.athandtheatre.com.