July 15, 2019


TUNE IN TO WATCH KARMA STYLZ AS 'COREY' ON POSE


Last month, we introduced you to Answers4Dancers member Karma Stylz who took a chance and wrote a letter to Ryan Murphy with all the reasons why he should be part of Pose, FX’s show centered around the New York Ballroom Vogue Scene.

It not only worked, but after he danced on Pose, he was invited to choreograph the Season 2 promo. And it didn’t stop there. Karma was offered the role of Corey, and you can watch his performance when you tune in on Tuesday, July 16.

So what’s it like to realize this incredible dream? We asked Karma about his experience.

A4D: How did it feel to get the news that you booked the role of Corey?

Karma: As I read the script, I felt like I booked The Perfect Job! It was as if they created Corey based on my life… it mirrors how I am in real life. That shocked and inspired me so much… I needed that confirmation! So in many ways, this small role has changed my life in big ways!

A4D: Did you have any speaking lines?

Karma: My character, Corey, doesn’t have any speaking lines, but similar to myself, he speaks volumes through his facial expression... Serving shade, confidence, and lots of attitude. In the episode, Corey is an up-and-coming Legend from the Ballroom Scene. He’s tall, dark, handsome, and has all the talent to go with it, (and he knows it!) During my scene, the main characters are chatting about how they think Corey is one of the Top choices for Madonna’s Blonde Ambition Tour. And Damon and Ricky were right because Corey books it! It’s so surreal, and YES, I actually do hope to tour with Madonna one day! 

A4D: What’s it like to find yourself in this incredible place?

Karma: I’ve booked some amazing jobs in my career, but this one means the most. People from all over the world will get a glimpse of my choreography and even see me perform it on the show! I’ve worked so hard trying to break into this industry as an all-around performer. It’s been a challenge doing it all on my own. I’m proud of myself for staying focused through all of the ups and downs and never allowed setbacks to discourage me!

And then Karma added: From stepping off the plane and finding myself alone and homeless when I arrived in New York City in 2015 to now… How is it even possible that since then, I’ve been booked as a Choreographer, Dancer, and Actor on Pose?

We know the answer Karma… You took a chance, believed in yourself, and when called on, you stepped up and embraced the challenge. Thanks for sharing your story!
 

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE RECAP:  FINAL WEEK OF AUDITIONS LEADING UP TO THE ACADEMY
corey-heightsAt last, the final week of auditions. First up is salsa-dancing couple Andrew Avila, 25, and Melany Mercedes, 24, both from the Bronx. They auditioned last year and took the judges’ critiques to heart. Their style has more street flair than typical Latin dancing. Next was the charming Michael Sales, 25, from Matawan, NJ. He was bullied a lot when he was growing up and no one accepted him on any sports team. So he joined a breaking club. He was ranked among the top 100 b-boys in the world and lived up to his own hype. Next we met standout contemporary dancer Mariah Russell, 19, from Nashville. She talked about her single mom working two jobs so she could dance. Laurieann became very emotional and saw herself in that performance. A sweet moment of the evening happened when we met an extra-special 19-year-old jazz dancer, Phoebe Kochis from Denver. She has Down Syndrome but never allowed her challenges to hold her back. Auditioning for the show was her dream since she was 6. In a tender moment, Nigel had to tell her she was not strong enough to compete but he invited her to be part of The Academy as his guest. We also met contemporary dancer Maia Bliudnikas, 19, from Leominster, Mass who Mary declared had one of the most perfect auditions of the season. The final dancer auditioned last season, Eddie Hoyt, 19, from Boscawen, N.H. His tap looks more like acting with his feet as he nails the emotion of the song. Yes, tears are shed, he advances, and it’s on to The Academy next week!

 
 

DANCERS FOR SPIELBERG’S WEST SIDE STORY ANNOUNCED
tony winsWe now know who'll be appearing onscreen alongside Ariana DeBose and the other leads in Steven Spielberg's remake of West Side Story, choreographed by Justin Peck. The Sharks/Jets cast list includes some of the best dancers in the industry. Maybe the most familiar name is Maddie Ziegler, who'll play a Jet, as will fellow commercial-dance world standout Myles Erlick. Mike Faist, a Broadway vet who originated roles in Newsies and Dear Evan Hansen, will become Jets leader Riff. A glittering group of ballet-world dancers, including Jeanette Delgado, Brittany Pollack, Harrison Coll, and Sara and Leigh-Ann Esty, will appear in the Jet and Shark ensembles. Two So You Think You Can Dance champions—Gaby Diaz and Ricky Ubeda—will play Sharks, plus a slew of Broadway standouts, including Ben Cook, Paloma Garcia-Lee, Eloise Kropp, Jess LeProtto, Jonalyn Saxer, Yesenia Ayala, and David and Jacob Guzman. Casting director Cindy Tolan oversaw auditions from over 30,000 performers that included open casting calls in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and San Juan. West Side Story will mark the feature film debut for over 50 cast members.

 

LIVE-ACTION LITTLE MERMAID FINDS ITS ARIEL IN SINGER HALLE BAILEY
promFollowing reports that Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy is in talks to play Ursula in the live-action The Little Mermaid, Disney announced that R&B singer and ABC’s Grown-ish star Halle Bailey will play Ariel in the upcoming film. Bailey and her sister rose to fame as the musical duo Chloe x Halle, and are known as protégés of another live-action Disney star, Beyoncé. Bailey's casting makes her the second Black Disney princess—the first being Tiana from 2009's The Princess and the Frog. The Little Mermaid animated film won Oscars for best original song, Under the Sea, and score for Alan Menken. For the new movie, Menken will team with Lin-Manuel Miranda for creating the music.

 

FROZEN’S ROBERT CREIGHTON TO STAR IN CAGNEY’S PRE-BROADWAY RUN
promCasting is set for Peter Colley's Broadway-aimed musical Cagney, based on the life of Yankee Doodle Dandy star and Academy Award winner James Cagney. Originally seen off-Broadway in 2015, the musical will play at Pioneer Theatre Company from September 20 through October 5 with current Frozen star Robert Creighton reprising his turn as James Cagney. Darrin Baker will co-star (Tarzan) as Jack Warner, Cagney's chief adversary and CEO of Warner Brothers. The cast also includes Clara Cox (42nd Street), Matt Crowle (Spamalot), Darren Crago (Holiday Inn), Jeffry Denman (White Christmas), Robert Anthony Jones (Finding Neverland), Daniel Plimpton (The Book of Mormon), Hayley Podschun (Wicked), Melissa Schott (White Christmas), and Edward Tolve (Funny Face). With music and lyrics by Creighton and Christopher McGovern, Cagney will be directed by Bill Castellino and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse.

MY FAIR LADY TOUR FINDS STARS SHEREEN AHMED & LAIRD MACKINTOSH
Shereen Ahmed and Laird Mackintosh have been cast as Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins in the upcoming road production of Lincoln Center Theater's Tony-nominated My Fair Lady revival. The tour will launch at Syracuse's Landmark Theatre on December 10 and open at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on December 19. Ahmed made her Broadway debut in My Fair Lady on Broadway, appearing as Ms. Clara Eynsford-Hill and understudying the role of Eliza. Mackintosh has been on Broadway in The Phantom of the Opera and Jekyll & Hyde plus the national tour of Mary Poppins and the Encores! staging of 1776. The Lincoln Center Theater's production is directed by Bartlett Sher and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli.

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Frankie and Johnny, starring Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon will end its Broadway run a month earlier than originally planned on July 28… Rip Torn, one of the leading stage actors of his generation and an Emmy winner for his portrayal of the devious producer Artie on HBO's The Larry Sanders Show, died on July 9. He was 88... 

JELANI REMY TAKES OVER AS EDDIE KENDRICKS IN AIN’T TOO PROUD
visit repriseThe Temptations musical Ain't Too Proud welcomed Jelani Remy in the role of Eddie Kendricks on July 9. Tony-nominated original cast member Jeremy Pope played his final performance at the Imperial Theatre on July 7. Previously a swing in Ain't Too Proud, Remy made his Broadway debut as Simba in Broadway’s The Lion King. He also appeared in Disney’s High School Musical on tour and Smokey Joe’s Cafe off-Broadway. Featuring a Tony-nominated book by Dominique Morisseau, direction by two-time Tony winner Des McAnuff, and Tony-winning choreography by Sergio Trujillo, the musical features The Temptations' legendary songs including My Girl, Just My Imagination, and Papa Was a Rolling Stone.

 

RYOKO YONEKURA MAKES RETURN TO CHICAGO ON BROADWAY
Ryoko Yonekura, the multi-talented original star of the Japanese-language production of Chicago, returned to the Broadway revival as Roxie Hart on July 1. Yonekura will play a limited 16-performance run at the Ambassador Theatre through July 14. Following her celebrated 2008 and 2010 engagements as Roxie in Japan, Yonekura learned the role in English and made her Broadway debut in 2012, returning to the company and joining the U.S. touring cast in Japan in 2017. This marks Yonekura's third stint in the Chicago Broadway company. It features direction by Walter Bobbie, musical direction by Rob Fisher, and choreography by Ann Reinking in the style of Fosse and is the longest-running American musical.

GABRIELLE CARRUBBA TO TAKE OVER AS ZOE MURPHY IN DEAR EVAN HANSEN ON BROADWAY
Gabrielle Carrubba, a current understudy in the Tony-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen, will begin the role of Zoe Murphy on July 30. Carrubba will succeed current cast member Mallory Bechtel, who will play her final performance on July 28 after a year in the role. A graduate of The Boston Conservatory, Carrubba made her Broadway debut in Dear Evan Hansen. Her regional credits include Burn All Night and Sweetwater. The winner of six 2017 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Dear Evan Hansen features a Tony-winning book by Steven Levenson, a Tony-winning score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and direction by four-time Tony nominee Michael Greif.

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Tickets are on sale for the Broadway run of Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, and Anthony Veneziale’s Freestyle Love Supreme, a show that blends hip-hop, impro theater, music, and vocals backed by live music from keyboards and beats… Producer Cameron Mackintosh has announced that in honor of Stephen Sondheim's 90th birthday next March, London's Queen's Theatre will be renamed the Sondheim Theatre, making Sondheim the only living artist to have a theater named in his honor both in the West End and on Broadway…

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NEW YORK CITY OPEN CALL - MONDAY, JULY 22, 2019
Busch Gardens Williamsburg Halloween and Holiday Seasons

Seeking Dancers, Singer/Actors, Singer/Dancers, Singers Who Move Well

Pearl Studios “500”, 500 8th Avenue, 3rd Floor, NYC

Male and Female Singers 10am, July 22
Female Dancers 2pm • Male Dancers 4pm, July 22

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