BRYANT PARK ANNOUNCES BROADWAY BOUND INITIATIVE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
BROADWAY- BOUND INITIATIVE
ORGANIZATION PARTNERS WITH AMAZON
AND MUSICAL THEATRE TRAINING PROGRAM
FACULTY TO INCLUDE JESSIE MUELLER, ANDREW RANNELLS,
KELLI O’HARA, DENÉE BENTON, GEORGE SALAZAR AND BETSY WOLFE
New York, NY (July 14, 2021) – Bryant Park Corporation announced a new park program today, Broadway-Bound, that is being produced with support from Amazon. As the organization champions the performing arts with the return of live Picnic Performances this summer, they are proud to support the rising stars of BroadwayEvolved on the very same stage. The newly established partnership with the musical theatre training program, Bryant Park Corporation and BroadwayEvolved, will give students the opportunity to train and rehearse on the iconic stage that has hosted Broadway performances, dancers, musicians, movies and the very faculty that will be training them.
This year, students will train with Tony Award Winner Jessie Mueller (Waitress), Tony Award Nominee Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon), Tony Award Winner Kelli O’Hara (Bridges of Madison County), Tony Award Nominee Denée Benton (Natasha Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), Drama Desk Award Nominee George Salazar (Be More Chill), and more. BroadwayEvolved is co-founded by Broadway star Betsy Wolfe.
“New York City’s arts and culture is the heartbeat of our city, and ensuring kids across all boroughs have access to fun, safe opportunities is a priority for us,” said Carley Graham Garcia, Amazon’s New York City Head of External Affairs. “We’re glad to support Bryant Park as it continues to produce world-class culture and arts programming for the community.”
“I’m so excited about this new exciting collaboration between Bryant Park, Amazon, and BroadwayEvolved,” said BroadwayEvolved co-founder and Broadway favorite Betsy Wolfe. “The idea that BroadwayEvolved students from around the world will get to learn and perform on the Bryant Park stage with the very Broadway and TV and Film stars that inspire them is just so mind blowing. It’s been such a tough year for students looking at a career in the arts and quite frankly for many professional artists too. To get to come together and share this time and space will be so impactful and I hope even healing.”
The program will run on Monday, August 2 and Tuesday, August 3 and 10.
Current and past BroadwayEvolved faculty include Ashley Park, Darren Criss, James Monroe Iglehart, Jeremy Jordan, Jessica Vosk, Laura Benanti, Mandy Gonzalez, Megan Hilty, Rob McClure, Santino Fontana, and Sara Bareilles.
About Bryant Park
Bryant Park Corporation (BPC) is a not-for-profit, private management company founded in 1980 to renovate and operate Bryant Park in New York City. It was established by Daniel A. Biederman and Andrew Heiskell, with support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. BPC was formed to restore historic Bryant Park, which had suffered a severe decline in conditions in the 1970s. A 15-year agreement was signed in 1988, entrusting management and improvements to BPC. The park reopened in 1992 after four years of renovation with a budget six times the level under prior city management. It is the largest effort in the nation to apply private management backed by private funding to a public park, and it has been a success with public, press, and nearby institutions. BPC shares its management team with the 34th Street Partnership. The two companies share a management philosophy.
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