Virtual Theater: BKLYN THE MUSICAL (Broadway on Demand)

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by Gregory Bernard on May 16, 2021

in Theater-New York,Virtual

BKLYN The Musical tells a tapestry of stories as rich and inspiring as the borough that inspired it. There is a girl named Brooklyn, searching for the father she never knew. There is a troupe of street performers, struggling to be heard as artists… and seen as human beings. And there is an epic battle between two divas, each striving to become The Queen Of The City. Full of unforgettable songs and fizzing with the energy of the streets, BKLYN is a musical waiting for its moment… and that moment is now.

For three performances only this June 4 at 8pm ET, June 5 at 8pm ET, and June 6 at 5pm ET on BroadwayOnDemand.com, you can catch the new musical, directed by Meg Fofonoff, the cast includes Diana DeGarmo (Hair, BKLYN national tour) as Brooklyn; Miguel Cervantes (Hamilton national tour, American Idiot) as Taylor; Taylor Iman Jones (Head Over HeelsThe Devil Wears Prada) as Faith; Quentin Earl Darrington as StreetsignerFelicia Boswell (MemphisShuffle Along…) as Paradice; and Thom Sesma (Sweeney Todd at Barrow Street Theatre), Nick Cearley (“The Skivvies,” All Shook Up) and Lauren Molina (“The Skivvies,” Rock of Ages) as the City Weeds.

Over the past year, producer Art Lab has become a leader in the virtual theater space with projects including the terrific virtual revival of Amour.

With book, music, and lyrics by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson, the project’s creative team includes Jennifer Tremblay (costume designer), Sean Mayes (music director), Meg Toohey (music/audio producer and mixer), and Howie Michael Smith (director of photography). Casting by Alexandre Bleau.

BIOGRAPHIES

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DIANA DeGARMO (Brooklyn). A singer and songwriter, from stage to screen, Diana DeGarmo has conquered it all and then some. Her powerhouse vocals shot her to fame on “American Idol” and opened doors to numerous Broadway shows, national and international tours, a recurring role on “The Young & The Restless,” and much more. Listen to her newest musical creation GEMINI on all digital platforms and vinyl LP from www.dianadegarmo.com.

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MIGUEL CERVANTES (Taylor) is best-known for his role as Alexander Hamilton in Hamilton on Broadway and at the Chicago PrivateBank Theater. He has acted on Broadway in If/ThenAmerican Idiot, and 25th Annual…Spelling Bee. Additional theater credits include GiantTailsHenry and Mudge, and more. On the big screen, his work includes The GreatestN.B.T., and Tramps.  He has also appeared on television shows such as “Person of Interest,” “Braindead,” “Madame Secretary,” “Royal Pains,” “The Blacklist,” and “All My Children.” Cervantes graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Musical Theater and has additional training in singing, ballet, tap, and jazz.

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TAYLOR IMAN JONES (Faith) is overjoyed to be a part of BKLYN The Musical. On Broadway, she appeared in the original casts of Head Over Heels and Groundhog Day. Off-Broadway she was seen as “Pat” in Roundabout Theatre’s production of Scotland PA. She was also seen in The Who’s Tommy at the Kennedy Center and the national tour of American Idiot. Her regional theatres include The Old Globe in San Diego, and ACT in San Francisco. Find her on social media @taylorimanjones.

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QUENTIN EARL DARRINGTON (Streetsigner). Broadway: 2017 Revival of Once On This IslandCatsRagtime. Off-BroadwayThe Secret GardenA New BrainLost in the Stars. Television: “The Blacklist” (NBC), “The Good Fight” (CBS), “The Code” (CBS), “Elementary” (CBS), and “Madam Secretary” (CBS). He holds an MFA from University of Central Florida and a BFA from University of South Florida.

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FELICIA BOSWELL (Paradice). Emmy winner and Grammy nominee (NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar LIVE), two-time Helen Hayes Award winner (Outstanding Lead Actress), Jeff Award (Best Supporting nom). BroadwayShuffle Along (Josephine Baker); Motown The Musical (Diana Ross); Memphis (Felicia Farrell). National Tour: Memphis (Felicia); Dreamgirls (Deena). Off-BroadwayEmojiland (Police Officer). Regional: The Color Purple (Celie); Jelly’s Last Jam (Anita); Piano Lesson (Berniece); Man of La Mancha (Aldonza); Rent (Mimi); Too Heavy For Your Pocket (Evelyn); Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary Magdalene); AIDA (Aida); Little Rock (Minniejean); Raisin In the Sun (Ruth). TV: “Power” (Melissa); “The Good Fight” (Lace); “Macy’s Day” (Diana Ross); “Motown.” IG: @FeliciaBoswell. Twitter: @Felicia_Boswell. “Mama Knows Best” available all digital platforms. www.FeliciaBoswell.com

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THOM SESMA (Boss / Policeman) has numerous Broadway, Off-BroadwayTV and film appearances to his credit. His most recent live theatre performance was in Michael Friedman and Daniel Goldstein’s Unknown Soldier which had just opened on March 9, 2020 at Playwrights Horizons. Three days later live theatre was suspended in the fight against COVID-19. Since then, he’s accumulated many remote livestream digital credits in plays, musicals, concerts and works in development as well as teaching a popular course in “Acting on Zoom.” For more details and credits please visit thomsesma.com and on Instagram @thsesma.

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NICK CEARLEY (City Weed 2) is the co-creator and one half of the critically acclaimed Undie-Rock duo The Skivvies (www.theskivviesnyc.com). Broadway 1st National Tour: All Shook Up. Off-BroadwayPageant (Original Cast Album Jay Records/ Drama Desk Nominee Best Revival), Sex Tips…, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s DreamCupid & Pscyhe. Also, Cearley has done eight (!) regional premieres of Jonathan Tolins’ Buyer & Cellar across the country, Little Shop of Horrors (Portland Center Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), The Rocky Horror Show (Bucks County Playhouse) and co-conceived the world premiere of the actor-musician revival of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and appeared as Linus opposite his Skivvies co-star Lauren Molina as Lucy. Nick was also featured on the Out100 as one of the most intriguing and compelling LGBTQ+ actors of the year. Instagram/ Twitter @clearlycearley. www.nickcearley.com

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LAUREN MOLINA (City Week 3). Broadway: Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Regina in Rock of Ages. Off-Broadway: Bella Rose in Desperate Measures (Lucille Lortel Award, Outer Critics Circle nominations), Her in Marry Me A Little, Megan in Nobody Loves You (Second Stage). Co-creator of the acclaimed comedy-pop band The Skivvies. Regional: Co-conceiver, Lucy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Cincinnati Playhouse), Cunegunde in Candide (Helen Hayes Award – Huntington, Goodman, Shakespeare Theatre), Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (Cleveland Playhouse), Squeaky Fromme in Assassins (Yale Rep), Countess in A Little Night Music (Huntington), Janet in The Rocky Horror Show (Bucks County Playhouse), Eileen in Wonderful Town (Goodman).

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MEG FOFONOFF (Director + Executive Producer, Art Lab) founded and served as Artistic Producer of Fiddlehead Theatre Company (FTC), a professional, award-winning entity that produced plays and musicals in Boston and beyond, from 1993–2016. Fofonoff has moved on to a new chapter establishing Art Lab LLC, a producer of commercial theater on Broadway as well as innovative art/theater/science events in New York, Massachusetts and beyond. Art Lab has been a producer on the Tony Award-winning The Cher ShowHead Over Heels; Come From Away (London); It Happened in Key West (London); and the Broadway-bound Marie (directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman with music and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty). Art Lab’s newest project is the development of shAme, directed by Kathleen Marshall, a musical based on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, where Fofonoff serves as lead producer. In the new virtual arena for theater, Art Lab produces virtual musicals such as Disenchanted (December 2020) and two theatre based online series, “The Show Must Go On Show” and “Art Lab Presents.” Art Lab is a member of the Broadway League, The Drama League, and The National Alliance of Musical Theatre. Fofonoff is a member of The League of Professional Theatre Women; an Advisory Committee Member of The American Theatre Wing; and on The Board of Trustees of The College Light Opera Company and The Marine Biological Laboratories.

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