Marjorie Halbert, director of musical theatre in the School of Music, recently returned from New York City with 13 musical theatre seniors who presented a Senior Showcase for approximately 50 industry specialists in musical theatre in New York City. Norm Lewis, star of Broadway’s current production of Porgy and Bess, was in attendance, along with other prominent Broadway actors, choreographers, directors, music directors, casting agents and representatives from talent agencies.
There were three performances, with the last being specifically targeted to attract Belmont alumni and former students who reside in New York City. A strong, enthusiastic group of alumni was present to watch the current Belmont students perform along with several students’ families and friends, who traveled to New York for the showcase performance. The musical theatre students were accompanied by Cynthia Curtis, dean of the College of Visual & Performing Arts, as well as musical theatre faculty members Marjorie Halbert, David Shamburger and Jo Lynn Burks. This was the fourth New York City Senior Showcase. The event was held in the Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Café on Theatre Row, 42nd Street.