Past HyRev youth troupe members talk about the impact Arizona Broadway Theatre has had on their personal and professional growth.
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There is a long list of Arizona Broadway Theatre alumni who have gone on to have successful careers in the entertainment industry. Here are a few of their stories…
Over 35 million people on our blue planet have experienced the exciting and spectacular show that is BLUE MAN GROUP. And now, the Blue Men return with a new touring show — BLUE MAN GROUP SPEECHLESS TOUR. SPEECHLESS will feature new and original compositions, acts, and instruments alongside iconic Blue Man Group moments based in joy, art, music, comedy, social commentary, and profound absurdity.
Adam Zuick, one of the Blue Men, went to high school and college in Arizona as well as the Arizona Conservatory for Arts and Academics and Paradise Valley Community College, and his first professional job was in GREASE at Arizona Broadway Theatre. He has been living the dream of being a Blue Man since 2013!
We were able to talk to Adam during his very busy schedule.
Arizona Broadway Theatre: What’s your fondest memory of performing at Arizona Broadway Theatre?
Adam Zuick: It’s hard for me to pick a fondest one because of the five years of memories I have at ABT. The show I think about the most that I performed in was Forever Plaid. Since the show was only four guys, we grew very close. I remember singing with those guys and creating the harmonies of the music was such a treat. You could see the audience light up as they recognized the song we were about to sing. It was priceless. I am just thankful to have met so many great people at ABT. I have so many close friends that I met 10+ years ago at ABT. I am forever grateful!
ABT: How has Arizona and your time in local theatre here shaped your career?
AZ: The knowledge that I gained at ABT is the foundation of my career as a professional actor. I learned so much from working there, not only as an actor, but also working backstage, building sets, and playing in the orchestra. I was able to see every aspect of the theatre first-hand to help really understand how the whole thing works. By watching others perform I could improve my own performance. By being involved in every aspect of the theatre, I became a more well-rounded actor. If I didn’t have that variety of experience at ABT, I know I would not be where I am today.
ABT: How did you land The Blue Man Group gig?
AZ: Blue Man Group was auditioning in New York very shortly after I had moved there. Luckily, I fit the requirements that were stated on their website for people to audition. I had a music background (piano) from my high school (ACAA) that also continued to ABT where I played second keyboard in the orchestra for three main stage productions. They were also looking for people who could express emotion with no words, only your face/eyes. The variety of character acting work that I did at ABT helped a lot in this. The audition was an invited call. We were not only in front of the Blue Man directors, but we were also in front of the other people auditioning during that time slot. I went through 4 days of callbacks. The final day we got to get into costume (bald and blue is what they call it) and perform a number from the show. Afterwards, they called me into their office and said they would like me to join their training class to become a Blue Man. After 9 weeks of training in NYC and Chicago, I got signed off as a Blue Man and I have been doing it since then.
ABT: If you could share any words of wisdom to aspiring actors, what would they be?
AZ: Test your boundaries. Audition for and do things that stretch your comfort zone. Get involved in the different elements of theatre — seeing it from different perspectives is eye-opening. Most importantly, BE YOURSELF!
You may remember Adam from his appearances in the following ABT shows:
The Music Man, Olin Britt
A Christmas Carol, Old Joe
Forever Plaid, Smudge
My Fair Lady, Servant
Miracle on 34th Street, Mr Sawyer/Whitey
Sunset Boulevard, Ensemble
You mean there is more holiday entertainment to be had at Arizona Broadway Theatre than just Elf the Musical?! Why yes, there is! A Broadway Christmas Carol, part of our Off-Broadway at the Encore series will premiere December 16 and run through December 24, 2019. A Broadway Christmas Carol is a delicious cross between the classic Dickens’ tale and uproarious song parodies of 33 of your favorite Broadway show tunes by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Sondheim and many more! Great music, great fun, and a great redemptive message to share with family and friends this holiday season!
And, the all-star cast is made up of four very talented ABT alumni:
Jamie Parnell is currently part of The Company in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and has also appeared as Mr. Banks in Mary Poppins, Gaylord Ravenal in Show Boat and Nicky Arnstein in Funny Girl on the ABT stage.
Stephen Hohendorf, also on the stage of Sweeney Todd has also been in other ABT shows such as Fiddler on the Roof, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Mary Poppins and Camelot. Stephen was on the national tours of The Full Monty, Sesame Street Live!, and Pinkalicious.
Liz Fallon most recently starred as Clio/Kira in ABT’s production of Xanadu. She’s had several other starring roles in ABT shows such as, Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, Princess Fiona in Shrek the Musical, and Charity Hope Valentine in Sweet Charity.
Kurtis Overby, Associate Artistic Director at ABT, will no doubt bring a winning performance to A Broadway Christmas Carol. He has an extensive list of choreography credits, having won ariZoni Awards for his work on Anything Goes and 42nd Street. His performance list is also strong, including ABT’s Singing in the Rain, The Drowsy Chaperone, Cabaret and received an ariZoni nomination for his role as Bud Frump in How to Succeed…
The talented quartet will, no doubt, have you in stitches throughout the performance.