These Pixie Dust Performers made their ‘Broadway debut’ in the company of the great legends, Chita Rivera, Joel Grey, James Naughton, Bebe Neuwirth and many more, who all made surprise appearances. Just before the final number, Bebe Neuwirth, a Tony winner for her performance as the original Velma Kelly in the revival, introduced the 90 students who performed “All That Jazz” with the Broadway cast.
With only two rehearsals, these talented teens were able to learn the original Fosse choreography and worked with the Broadway Dance Captain and Music Director. The students flooded the aisles and the stage to dance with the cast members.
In order to keep the announcement of the release of CHICAGO (High School Edition) and its special Birthday guests a surprise, parents and the teens were not allowed to talk about the event -- much to the disappointment of family and friends. The secrecy added to the excitement surrounding this momentous occasion.
Pixie Dust Players’ founder, Lindsay Maron, was asked by iTheatrics to bring her youth group to New York City for this special night. iTheatrics adapts Broadway musicals into junior versions for performances by elementary, middle and high school aged children. Lindsay and Pixie Dust have piloted multiple MTI Broadway Junior and KIDs titles for iTheatrics and worked with Stephen Schwartz to create the adaptation CHILDREN OF EDEN, JR. She also worked closely with iTheatrics on the adaptation of OLIVER! JR and presented the world premieres of both of these productions at The Summit Playhouse. This coming summer, Lindsay will be producing and directing a new youth adaptation of R&H’s CINDERELLA for iTheatrics.
Lindsay Maron said, “It’s not every day you get to make 23 dreams come true! When I received the email from iTheatrics, I knew this was not an opportunity that comes around often. I’m so glad we were able to make it work and keep the secret! Getting to watch the cast and guest performers rehearse for the big performance was an extra special treat.”
Pixie Dust had 23 performers at CHICAGO: Sophia Blanchard, Sydney Brenton, Karenna Breslow, Ben Errig, John Ertman, Katherine Ertman, Maya Fortgang, Dexter Kennedy, Jacob Lesser, Charlotte MacMurray, Cameron Matheson, Mia Montero, Jack Nissen, Will Nissen, Natalie Pereira, Alex Pereira, Grace Petersen, Nina Randazzo, Darby Ryden, Ally Salort, Wasif Sami, Maya Slaughter, and Charlotte Wesson.
CHICAGO, playing at the Ambassador Theatre, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary on Broadway and is the longest-running American musical in Broadway history. The show is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Recording. With a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, CHICAGO is directed by Tony winner Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Tony winner Ann Reinking in the style of Bob Fosse.