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Monthly Archives: September 2012

Sep
03

BBC PROMS

I just returned from London where I directed and choreographed PROM 59:  The Broadway Sound for BBC Two.  I had a marvelous time creating a surprise finale number called “Tap Your Troubles Away” (from the musical, Mack and Mabel). It was a great, big, fun, old-fashioned tap extravaganza and I was fortunate enough to work with 14 fantastic young tappers who knocked it out of the park in only 3 rehearsals!  Leading them was the phenomenally talented Anna-Jane Casey.  She was a total star and a gift to me from the Musical Theater gods.   It was a televised event at The Royal Albert Hall – a gorgeous, 5,000 seat stadium.  Sadly, we in America can’t tune in to BBC Two due to BBC regulations.  But here is a short clip from YouTube that they have posted:

“Tap Your Troubles Away” – BBC Prom 59: The Broadway Sound

It was an absolute blast reuniting with a good friend and an incredible conductor, John Wilson.  He’s a majorly gifted talent and a lover of classic musicals.  A true genius.  Also… I got the chance to work with one of my all time favorite entertainers – the creator of “Family Guy”, Seth McFarlaine.  What a joy it was getting to work with him.  Hope to be able to do it again someday!