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Alumni

WE ARE OFTEN ASKED what our Musical Theatre majors do after graduation. Many of our alumni are appearing in Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, in national touring productions, at regional theatres, in stock, on television and in almost every entertainment-related field. They also forge careers as writers, directors, musical directors, choreographers, agents and managers, producers, conductors and teachers of the craft. Pictured below is a selection of our students who represent us in the profession, both currently and recently. Casting changes happen very rapidly. The information below was correct on June 15, 2016.

IN THE NEWS

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Christy Altomare (Class of 2008) plays the title role in the new musical Anastasia by Stephen Flaherty (CCM, Class of 1986) and Lynn Ahrens. The show is currently running at the Hartford Stage, prior to a Broadway opening.

"In a breakout performance, Christy Altomare is captivating as Anya, the feisty Russian orphan with amnesia who isn’t sure if she is the youngest daughter of Czar Nicholas II." Variety

"As Anya, Christy Altomare is a star in the making. With pitch-perfect vocals but with an even more grounded and affecting acting performance, Ms. Altomare is everything you would want in this role. While she nails the iconic songs like the Act 1 finale "Journey to the Past", she's even more outstanding in the moments when she's not singing." OnStage

At North Shore Music Theatre, Shoshana Bean (Class of 1999) is playing Fanny Brice in a revival of the Jule Styne classic, Funny Girl.

"It’s not really a surprise to see how confidently Bean strides out of [Barbra] Streisand’s long shadow. Her interpretation of “People’’ proves there’s still some juice left in that hoary chestnut and she brings Act 1 to a rousing close with a defiantly assertive, raise-the-roof rendition of 'Don’t Rain on My Parade.'"  Boston Globe

CURRENTLY & RECENTLY ON BROADWAY

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On Broadway

Andrew Chappelle (Class of 2009), Hamilton, Richard Rodgers Theatre; Alysha Deslorieux (Class of 2012), Hamilton, Richard Rodgers Theatre; Justin Patterson (Class of 1999), Tuck Everlasting, Broadhurst Theatre; Kristy Cates (Class of 1999), Finding Neverland, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre; Tony Yazbeck, Finding Neverland, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

On Broadway

Max Chernin (Class of 2012), Bright Star, Cort Theatre; Sarah Jane Shanks (Class of 2003), Bright Star, Cort Theatre; Leslie Kritzer (Class of 1999), Something Rotten!, St. James Theatre; Eric Sciotto (Class of 1997), Something Rotten!, St. James Theatre; Allen Kendall (Class of 1988), Amazing Grace, Nederlander Theatre

OFF-BROADWAY

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Off-Broadway

Matt Bogart (Class of 1994), Himself and Nora, Lucille Lortel Theatre; Leslie Kritzer (Class of 1999), The Robber Bridegroom, Roundabout Theatre Company; Danette Holden (Class of 1996), Cagney, West Side Theatre; Joel Newsome (Class of 1989), Cagney, West Side Theatre; Max Chernin (Class of 2012), Brooklynite, Vineyard Theatre.

SUMMER THEATRE

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Summer Theatre

Adam Zeph (Class of 2016) and graduate Kerry Conte (Class of 2006), Brigadoon, New London Barn Playhouse, New London, New Hampshire; Brianna Barnes (Class of 2016), Mamma Mia, Theatre Aspen, Aspen, Colorado; Michelle Coben (Class of 2017), The Wizard of Oz, The Muny, St. Louis, Missouri; Madelaine Vandenberg (Class of 2019), Urinetown, Cider Mill Playhouse, Edicott, New York.

Summer Theatre

Louis Griffin (Class of 2017), Stavros Koumbaros (Class of 2018), Derek Kastner (Class of 2018) and Gabe Wrobel (Class of 2018) appear as the four Plaids in Forever Plaid, Totem Pole Playhouse, Fayetteville, Pennsylvania; Casey Wenger-Schulman, Class of 2017, Violet (Violet), Brighton Beach Memoirs (Nora), A Winter’s Tale (Paulina), Festival 56, Princeton, Illinois.

Summer Theatre

Raven Thomas (Class of 2016), Beauty and the Beast, How to Succeed, Ragtime, Wagon Wheel Theatre, Warsaw, Indiana; Frankie Thams, Joseph … Dreamcoat, Tulane Summer Lyric, New Orleans, Louisiana; Paul Schwensen (Class of 2017), Sister Act, Footloose, Porthouse Theatre, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; Jacob Rankin (Class of 2019), Gypsy, Capital City Theatre, Madison, Wisconsin; Emily Royer (Class of 2018), Cabaret, Junie B. Jones, Lake Dillon Theatre, Colorado.

For additional information about CCM actors in summer productions, click HERE.

ON THE ROAD

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AROUND THE COUNTRY

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INTERNATIONAL

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BROADWAY, LONDON & NATIONAL TOURS: THE BOOK OF MORMON

The Book of Mormon
The Book of Mormon
The Book of Mormon
The Book of Mormon

Several Musical Theatre alumni have appeared in the Broadway production, the London production and the national tours of The Book of Mormon by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Justin Bohon and Brian Sears appear on the original Broadway cast recording. Pictured above: Original Broadway Company: Brian Sears (Class of 2005), Justin Bohon (Class of 2000); Current Broadway Company: Nikki Renee Daniels (Class of 2001), Ryan Breslin (Class of 2011); London West End Company: Billy Tighe (Class of 2007); National Tours: Michael Schwitter (Class of 2012), Josh Breckenridge (Class of 2007), Nick Laughlin (Class of 2012), Pierce Cassedy (Class of 2012), Eric Huffman (Class of 2012), Josh Daniel (Class of 2013.

THE FRED & ADELE ASTAIRE AWARDS

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Astaire Awards
Astaire Awards

Established in 1982, the Fred & Adele Astaire Awards recognize outstanding achievement in dance on Broadway each season. The award was established to honor Fred Astaire and his sister Adele, who starred in ten Broadway musicals between 1917 and 1931.  CCM alumni have been both nominees and winners of this prestigious award. In 2002, Justin Bohon (Class of 2000) won the award as Outstanding Male Dancer for his performance as Will Parker in Oklahoma! In 2008, Karen Olivo received the award for In the Heights followed by a nomination for her performance as Anita in West Side Story in 2009. In the same year, Kearran Giovanni (Class of 2003) received a nomination for her performance in the revival of Guys and Dolls. In 2010, Savannah Wise (Class of 2006) received a nomination for her work in Ragtime and in 2012 Ryan Breslin (Class of 2011) was nominated as Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show for his work in Newsies.

TONY AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

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Tony Awards
Tony Awards

Lee Roy Reams was nominated for both the Tony and Drama Desk Awards as Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance in the original production of 42nd Street in 1980. | Marcia Lewis appeared in the 1994 revival of Grease as Miss Lynch and was nominated for the Tony Award, Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She appeared as Matron in the 1996 revival of Chicago, receiving a Tony Award nomination, Best Featured Actress in a Musical and a Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical. In addition, she was a Drama Desk Award nominee as Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for Rags in 1986. | Pamela Myers made her Broadway debut as Marta in Stephen Sondheim's musical Company, introducing the show-stopping number "Another Hundred People." She was nominated at the 1971 Tony awards for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical. | Composer Stephen Flaherty won the 1998 Tony Award for Best Musical for Ragtime and the 1995 Olivier Award for Best Musical for Once on This Island. His works have received many nominations for the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Joseph Jefferson Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and the Lucille Lortel Award. In addition, he was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Anastasia in 1998. | Tom Viola was the recipient of a Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre in 2011 presented to individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary achievement in theatre, but are not eligible to compete in any of the established Tony Award categories. He was honored as the executive director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. | Faith Prince established herself as a Broadway star with her portrayal of Miss Adelaide in the much-acclaimed 1992 revival of Guys and Dolls, for which she won both the Tony and Drama Desk Awards as Best Actress in a Musical. In 2001, she was once again nominated for Tony and Drama Desk Awards for her portrayal of Ella Peterson in the 2001 revival of Bells Are Ringing. She was also featured in the 2008 Broadway musical A Catered Affair, for which she received Tony and Drama Desk nominations. | Michele Pawk made her mark with her performance in the Gershwin-inspired production Crazy for You, for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award as Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical. In 2002, she earned critical raves for her performance in Hollywood Arms, the play adapted from Carol Burnett's memoir, One More Time. Her portrayal of an alcoholic who dreams of success as a movie magazine writer won her the Tony Award as Best Featured Actress in a Play. She also received the 1998 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for Cabaret and the 2006 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for The Paris Letter. | Kevin McCollum is one of the leading producers on Broadway. In 1996, he produced the musical Rent which won the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It also took the Best Musical honors at the Drama Desk Awards. In 2004 his company, The Producing Office, mounted the musical Avenue Q, which won three Tony Awards including Best Musical. In 2006 he produced The Drowsy Chaperone, which received five Tony Awards and seven Drama Desk awards, including Best Musical and in 2007 In the Heights which won the Tony Award for Outstanding Musical. | In 2009, Karen Olivo received her first Tony Award for her performance as Anita in the Broadway revival of West Side Story. She was also nominated for a Drama Desk and an Outer Critic's Circle Award for her critically acclaimed performance. She earned her second Astaire Award nomination for Outstanding Female Dancer for her performance in West Side Story, after previously winning the same award in 2008 for her performance in In the Heights.

"CCM's program consistently produces some of the most talented and well-trained collegians in the nation."

Scott Cain, Talkin' Broadway
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Banner Top: Michael Lowe, Ben Magnuson and company in The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

 

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