Yesterday was nothing short of an amazing day!
Every now and then I get the opportunity to teach a dance class here in the city. Its not often that I have time to teach given this rigorous show schedule, but I’ve always enjoyed teaching when the chance comes my way. Yesterday was no exception!
The Broadway Workshop is a program that makes Broadway talent accessible to young teens with Broadway dreams. Yesterday I spent a little time with the Teen Excel ladies and we got down to a Hamilton inspired combination to CellBlock Tango! You know I love me some CHICAGO, ha! Any chance I get I’m secreting that dream of mine, and finding ways to put my own flavor on this music that I love.
To that end sharing my thoughts and feeling on dancing to this music and just my general approach to dance was incredibly gratifying and rewarding. These girls were so hungry for knowledge. It was a beautiful thing to behold. In fact the connection that sparked in that class inspired me to want to teach again! There’s something incredibly special about watching a light bulb go off in a young performer and knowing that you helped make that possible<3
So be on the look out for some news from me....:)
And then of course, as if my day could get any better Meryl Streep came to Hamilton last night:) Man. I love my job!
PS. Thank you Liam- official photographer for the Broadway Workshop- for the beautiful photos of class in this post!
I cannot believe we did it! … Ok, I take that back. I CAN! This show is such gift to all of us involved. I know I personally have learned so much from the piece already- as an artist, everyday human, and as a citizen of this country.
TRUST AND BELIEVE, the opening night celebration for this show was nothing short of fabulous! A true celebration in every sense of the word. Our party was sponsored by American Express, there was a 15 minute fireworks display and the ROOTS played a 45 minute set! I mean…. COME ON! Checkout Broadway Style Guide‘s feature on Opening Night! (i spilled some truth about the origins of my look…:))
Indeed, it was a star studded event, but none shown brighter than the cast and crew of the show. What we were able to accomplish was a huge feat. This is a bear of a show for cast and crew alike; and I tell you the glow surrounding everyone, the smiles and the sheer relief that we were a success could be seen and felt buy everyone at Pier 60 that night! Read the NY TIMES review HERE.
To celebrate the end of an incredible opening and an exciting week of shows I took a trip to Fire Island for some much needed R&R. What a beautiful place! There is no better way to reset your spirit than sitting on the beach and taking in the sound of the ocean. A good sunset accompanied by a steak dinner doesn’t hurt either! I will say i slept a fair amount and still don’t believe that I have fully recovered from last week, but none the less it is Wednesday and I am gearing up for another 2 show day at Hamilton.
Man I have a fabulous life! How lucky I am to be alive RIGHT NOW. I am overwhelmed with the indescribable feeling that comes with being apart of something that is so much bigger than yourself….. <3 the future comes one day at a time.... ~Ariana
So since our Hamilton lottery is so popular we don’t want anyone leaving empty handed. At yesterday’s lottery we did a little Bring It On mini concert:) check out the link below and share the article with your friends if you’d like! Hope to see you at Ham 4 Ham sometime soon!
It’s been ages, I know- but never fear. Ari’s here!
This summer I went to Conneticut Repertory theatre to be apart of their musical celebration of the timeless classic Les Miserable as Eponine. The production was directed and helmed by Terrnece Mann, who reprised his role from the OBC- Javert…. He’s still got it ya’ll!
This was also Aussie Star and my new friend, David Harris’ first turn as Jean Val Jean! The voice on this guy… the bod…. the eyes… lets just say he is the total package!
I also got to connect with a long time acquaintance, the incredible Liz Larsen. She’s been best friends with my mentor Char for years! I finally got the chance to get to know her better on my own. I sincerely hope I can maintain my passion for theatre the way she has all these years. What an inspiration. Her Madame T is study in true character perfection. HILARIOUS! — AND I got to work with Nancy Hess!! For me that was huge! When I was doing a chorus line I studied all the Cassie videos I could find and her’s taught me the necessity of simplicity. I’ve just thought she was stunning all this time, and you know what she is just as stunning in person. So much love for this lady!
Our ensemble was comprised of students from Western Carolina University, Texas State & Elon University just to name a few. I don’t remember being that prepared when I was doing my first gigs, but no matter. These folks are on point and literally can do everything.
Did I mention we put this thing together in 10 days?… that my friends is Les Mis on steroids.
Here’s what the Hartford Courant had to say: “Ariana DeBose as Eponine delivers a deeply moving “On My Own,” not only singing it splendidly but acting so well, too.”
Not to shabby:) thanks Frank Rizzo!
All in all I had an incredible time during my three weeks there! They do great work at CRT. Vince Cardinal, the artistic director, is possibly one of the smartest men I have ever been in a room with and yet he still makes you feel like YOU’RE the genius. What a gem. And that goes for all the wonderful ppl on staff there. Storrs may be my new fav summer artists haven:)
That was earlier in the summer… now HAMILTON is most definitely on BROADWAY and from what I read, doing very good business;) more on that later….
keep it real,
Its been all the rage for decades but I am finally catching on;) I AM GOING NATURAL!
My home town gal pal, Mrs. Sandra Jones, reached out to me recently. She said I have something I want to introduce you to- boy did she ever!
Since I’m now in Pippin on broadway and wear some very dramatic make up she thought I’d be interested in this line of skin care products called BEAUTYCOUNTER.
Their mission: To get safe products in the hands of everyone!”
Did you know that the FDA does not regulate the use of extremely harmful chemicals in skin care and beauty products? Only 10% of the 10,000 chemicals found in personal care have safety data. As working professional in the entertainment industry, my skin is my calling card. When I thought about all the products I put on my face and my body these facts began to bother me. So I combed the BEAUTYCOUNTER website and read up on their rigid ingredient selection process, their products, and how a portion of their proceeds goes to one of their non profit partners (EWG, the Breast Cancer Fund & Healthy Child Healthy World)!
I am now completely obsessed with the skin care starter kit I purchased! My skin feels amazing and I can walk around knowing that the products I’m using are safe and healthy for my body as well as the environment!
I encourage all of you- artists and civilians alike:) to go check out their website! www.beautycounter.com It’s quite an education even if you don’t purchase anything today- check out their story and the statistics presented. #stunning #googleIt
Personally I am LIVING for the Rose Water Uplifting Spray! Walking round this grimy city can get me feeling gross, but a spritz or two of this product and my face is feels good as new! I’m also partial to the Lip Sheer in ROSE. Nice, light and perfectly pink:)
ON June 16th 2014 I had the pleasure of being apart of The Ensemblist 1 year anniversary show. The podcast, hosted by NIkka Lazarone and Mo Brady, is dedicated to the unsung heroes of broadway and their experiences. It was such a fun evening of songs and theatrical stories that you will only hear via this podcast:)
Click this link to listen and download Episode 26 for a lil’ tune and a cute interview with yours truly as well as my dear friend, Daniel Watts & the incredibly talented Alysha Umphress!!!
Follow the ensemblist blog here: http://theensemblist.com
If you’re in the ATLANTA area do not miss the Alliance’s production of Steel Magnolias! Annie Potts- who some may know as Mary Jo from Designing Women, but to me she will alway be Grandma Berthe!- is playing M’Lynn (the role made famous by Sally Fields in the original film). The show goes up in October so try and catch it if you can. She is a wonder to behold, trust me. I am so lucky to have had even the smallest amount of time with her in Pippin. To watch her and feel her energy every night is nothing short of extraordinary. All my southern pals and gals- DO NOT MISS HER IN THIS PLAY! It’s worth the trip:)
PS- the Alliance is where my journey with SYTYCD and Bring It On started:) #SpecialPlaceInMyHeart
I am so thrilled to have been asked back to 54Below! I made my cabaret debut at the club back in January and could not be more thrilled to bring it back August 15th! If you missed out the first time get your tickets now and come hang with me and my band as we talk the business of show in TYPED OUT 2.0! It’s an 11pm set so NOTHING is off limits including SYTYCD (as broadwayworld.com so kindly pointed out- I was eliminated first —read more here). You don’t want to miss this:)
The show is billed as:
“After a triumphant 54 Below debut in January, Ariana DeBose returns. In an intimate cabaret setting, Ariana (Bring It On, Motown, Pippin) defies limitations of gender, age & race in TYPED OUT. In collaboration with Ben Rauhala (music direction), Kurt Crowley (arrangements), & two-time Tony nominee Terrence Mann (creative consultant), Ariana investigates what it is to be ethnically ambiguous in a world that thrives on labels. Audiences can expect a variety of mash-ups, medleys and more!”
Click on this link to buy tics http://54below.com/artist/ariana-debose/
Check out the VIDEO section of my site to see tunes from the show in January!
PS- I will be coming from having just finished a show that night (Pippin) so at least come watch me take my circus makeup off:) XOXO