Broadway

Sing-Along by Michael Arthur

Out front of the Belasco Theater last night, after the final performance of John Cameron Mitchell’s run as Hedwig in the Broadway revival of Hedwig And The Angry Inch.

Inside the theater, an intimate party of invited guests enjoyed (more than a few) celebratory drinks together in the green room under the stage. But on the street outside, fans of Mitchell and Hedwig crowded together, singing the entire musical score (co-written by Mitchell and Stephen Trask) under the marquis. Some of them had managed to get tickets and had seen the performance, but the majority of them made the pilgrimage simply because being there and participating in a Hedwig sing-along means something important to them.

I left the party early and stood across the street, watching and listening to the crowd perform acappella the score, in order—including the fictional theme from Hurt Locker, The Musical which is an inside joke from the revival.

“What’s happening? “ a passer by asked a lady to my left who watched and sang alone from across the street. “John Cameron Mitchell is done with his run in the show,” she explained. The man nodded and replied, “so, he is leaving office?”

Soon after, the performer and writer Mike Albo (who co-wrote the fictional Hurt Locker’s program for the revival and is an old friend of Mitchell’s) walked by me on his way out of the downstairs party. I told him how the crowd had performed the entire score and he shook his head in wonder. He’s been on the Hedwig trip from the very beginning . “It’s amazing,” he said with some disbelief before heading off in to the night.

Later this week, Darren Criss begins his run in Hedwig And The Angry Inch which continues performances at the Belasco Theater.

by Michael Arthur

The remarkable Andrew Rannells in rehearsal last week as he  assumed the golden pumps of Hedwig on Broadway. I got to sit in and draw at the Belasco Theater on Tuesday and Friday as the company fine tuned the transition.

by Michael Arthur

Behind The Scenes: Broadway at work.

Here are a few drawings from over the years of Broadway rehearsal moments I’ve captured. The Tony Awards are tomorrow night.

From the top:

1) The Crew loads lights for The Roundabout Theater’s revival of Pacific Overtures.

2) Filming Passing Strange at The Belasco Theater.

3 & 4) Working choreography for Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

5) Patrick Stewart in a boat for the revival of David mamet’s A Life In The Theater.

6) Neil Patrick Harris and choreographer Spencer Liff working a moment during tech rehearsal for Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Slide Show: Drawing the 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' Revival by Michael Arthur

My drawings of tech rehearsals and first preview of Hedwig and the Angry inch have been posted by The New Yorker.

by Michael Arthur

Showbiz!

The Drama League asked me to draw the rehearsals for their gala Monday night, a celebration in honor of Neil Patrick Harris. The drawings will be offered as auction items at the Gala. Many surprises are planned (and many unplanned surprises are expected).

And so it came to pass that I spent two days this week drawing in the Ripley Grier studios with Broadway veterans putting on a show. Old friends and colleagues came together! New friendships were forged! Stories were swapped! Choreography was learned! Ad-libs were crafted! Sondheim songs were sung again and again and again and again until they sounded just right. And it all happened in the (sometimes) tiny rooms of Ripley Grier studios… .

by Michael Arthur

The Rehearsal Studio: American Idiot

The touring cast runs through the entire show in a Manhattan studio before heading to Las Vegas for tech rehearsals.

Clockwise from top:
-Jared Nepute (Johnny), Olivia Puckett (Whatsername) and Ensemble

-Jared Nepute (Johnny) & Olivia Puckett (Whatsername)

-Daniel Jackson (Saint Jimmy)

-Mariah MacFarlane (Heather) & Alex Boniello (R&R Boyfriend)

-Evan Jay Newman (Music Director)

by Michael Arthur

The Flutist  on Flickr.  Last night, as I was leaving rehearsal for Bill Condon’s revival of Sideshow at La Jolla Playhouse, composer Henry Krieger grabbed me and steered me towards a rehearsal studio where the orchestra was going over new arrangements. “Bring your drawing stuff,” he said …

The Flutist on Flickr.

Last night, as I was leaving rehearsal for Bill Condon’s revival of Sideshow at La Jolla Playhouse, composer Henry Krieger grabbed me and steered me towards a rehearsal studio where the orchestra was going over new arrangements. “Bring your drawing stuff,” he said …