Last night, viewers stepped behind the footlights of the Broadway stage to see the process, passion and perseverance behind the nationwide National High School Musical Theater Awards on the premiere episode of Broadway or Bust. Among the 60 young performers vying for honors after a grueling performance bootcamp and trying coaching sessions were two representatives from Wisconsin. Sheridan Hearn from Edgewood High School and Sam Burns from Beloit Turner High School were both award-winners at this year’s Tommy Awards in Madison and gained the chance to head off to the Great White Way, where PBS film crews were ready to document the entire process. Click here to read a Wisconsin State Journal feature on the two aspiring actors.
If you weren’t watching on Wisconsin Public Television, you can catch the entire first episode online now. Watch it below and then tune in next Sunday night at 7 for the second episode, “Casting Call.” The finale airs in two weeks.
And, attend a special free screening of Broadway or Bust Sunday, Sept. 23 at Overture Center in Madison. Click here for more information and to RSVP.
Go behind the scenes at the Kohl Center with us to meet Tom Wopat – Lodi native, UW alumnus, Broadway actor, recording artist and star of The Dukes of Hazzard. Wopat was back in Wisconsin as a guest artist for the UW Varsity Band Spring Concert.
In this interview, he talks about his long career in show business, his love for the UW Band and his new work with Dukes co-star John Schneider.
Don’t miss Wopat’s performance with the UW Varsity Band during the premiere of the 2012 Spring Concert, “Oh What a Night!” at 7 p.m. Monday, May 7 on WPT!
Watch Great Performances: Harry Connick Jr. on Broadway at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 14 on Wisconsin Public Television.
Harry Connick Jr. has had a tremendous career. With super-smooth vocals and a swinging style, he’s probably become best associated with his home state of Louisiana. But, he still has an affinity for the Great White Way. More than 20 years ago, Connick’s first solo performance on Broadway was a launching point for his musical career. Now, Wisconsin Public Television puts you in the front row for his first visit back.
Enjoy an evening of bombastic New Orleans favorites in the heart of New York City.