Broadway Global shares a visit to Angelica Torres' Broadway Musical Theatre production of "Hairspray". The production was an earth shaking educational experience, not just for the audience. "You Can't Stop the Beat" of this talented Director, Choreographer, Lights, Sound, multi-talented Artistic Director in the heart of South Florida. Angelica Torres has captured the support of arts lovers for all ages. Her production of "Hairspray" is the talk of the town, with over 9,600 arts lovers on Florida Theatre Chat.
"Hairspray" with book by Mark O'Donnell, Music by Marc Shaiman, Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman is one of Broadway's biggest musicals. The South Florida local production Directed and Choreographed by Angelica Torres, with Musical Direction by Javier Castellanos, captured the heart and soul of this smash Broadway musical.
You have seen Broadway Global review endless Broadway shows, but the truth is this, not every family can afford Broadway prices. When you hear of a national community theatre company of kids, teens and adults whose production values surpass some professional theatres, we must give them credit. The South Florida community must support these amazing efforts. Without programs like Broadway Musical Theatre, Directors/Choreographers like Angelica Torres how can our society be introduced to arts? The families and children in this production of "Hairspray" will never forget this on stage theatrical experience, no matter where their future or present jobs take them. These families are the present and future for arts!
Broadway Musical Theatre was founded in 2004 by Angelica Torres on the premise that South Florida possesses an untapped resource of extremely talented individuals whose artistic aspirations were only limited by the lack of opportunities to perform on stage. Coming to Miami in 2004 from New York, it became very obvious there was a dearth of opportunities to perform on a professional quality platform for the considerable talents that existed in South Florida. Even the more well known and funded regional theaters seemed more inclined to bring in entire casts for productions from out of state for their shows. With that in mind Angelica Torres decided that there was opportunity to do both, tap into the significant talents of South Florida’s up and coming performers and to provide high quality musical theater entertainment to an under served market.
With pretty much all of the performing arts public funding on both the state and local level locked up by a few of the older and more traditional theater companies, Angelica decided, after a few attempts, to fore go becoming a non-profit. Instead she focused on putting out a product of such high quality and entertainment value it wouldn’t require annual subsidies to be a viable endeavor. All productions are financed by Angelica Torres and the audience, all permitting the organization to become a sustainable and innovative endeavor. Since their inception, Broadway Musical Theatre have reached a diverse cross-section of communities throughout South Florida as measured by some of the most highly attended stage productions. See a few of their combined produced productions pictured.
"I am extremely proud to be able to say that Broadway Musical Theatre is an independent for profit organization which receives no funding or subsidies from any state or local agencies. By focusing on seeking out and developing those talented local performers aspiring to be on a larger platform and who in turn attract the audiences to our professional level productions, Broadway Musical Theatre has for the past ten years been successful in providing local talent while highly motivating the South Florida community with that scarcest resource.. with production values spent in valued time on stage. I am proud to be bringing the artistic talents of South Florida to life, and at the same time presenting Broadway’s most famous productions, including pilots for Disney Theatricals and Florida premiers at an affordable price." Angelica Torres.
In combination with the productions, Broadway Musical Theatre runs their full year training of arts development for singing, dancing and acting. This arts programs were conceived by Angelica after years of training with many choreographers, especially Chet Walker, and after having worked with several directors and producers. The Broadway Musical Theatre programs and classes consists of a triple threat training platform where all students from the age of 4 years old to adults learn all of the areas of musical theater. Their mission and goal is to impart the tools, technique and experience to individuals who aspire to be triple threat performers. Several Broadway Musical Theatre students have been chosen in NY and LA for TV series, musical competitions and accepted to performing arts schools throughout the US.
About Angelica Torres: Angelica is a Broadway Global favorite Director/Producer/Choreographer and Founder of the Broadway Musical Theatre arts program located in the Village of Key Biscayne area. Angelica has extensive experience in musical theater production that includes having worked alongside Manolo Fabregas and Otto Sirgo as Assistant Director and Producer for the Mexican production “Como Ama la Otra Mitad” starring Julio Aleman. Her experience includes over fifteen years of directing and choreographing such musicals as “Cats”, “Crazy for You”, “Phantom of the Opera”, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Grease”, “Song and Dance”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Annie” at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, “High School Musical, “Seussical”, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and "13", Disney's "Aladdin", "Camp Rock", "101 Dalmatians", "Jungle Book", "Annie", "Alice in Wonderland", Disney's "Little Mermaid" and "Hairspray" . Originally from Mexico, where she was a three time national jazz competition winner, her passion for theatre and dance brought her to New York City where she studied under Chet Walker. The depth and breath of her experience both on and behind the stage is significant, encompassing the technical aspects of tap, ballet, jazz, musical theater, and acting as well as costume/ set design, directing and producing musicals and tv shows. Her work has won various awards which have included best public access television series (Westchester, NY) as well as numerous commendations for her significant contributions to the performing arts in the community.
"I am in charge of every single detail of my productions, from costumes, lighting, set, choreography, direction, etc. I run mics (usually 26 mics), so I'm sure that each scene and every line is on time and perfect the first day of the show. We don't have time for mistakes! I like to set the bar very high and I expect all the cast and crew to have the same goal, we work as a team and we enjoy every second of our productions. We share the love and passion to the theater and we are a big family. I really hope that all theater lovers know our work, and are as proud as I am of all of the young as well as, older local talents that we have in South Florida. We have proven that we can bring live Broadway musicals at a professional level, without hundreds of thousands in grants. If we continue to find the support of the South Florida audiences, we can keep bringing more opportunities to your community to enjoy and take part in the magic of live theater." Angelica Torres.
Broadway Global and Theatre Chat spotlight Angelica Torres, Broadway Musical Theatre and the entire cast of "Hairspray"; Tony Hernandez (Edna Turnbald), Paige Badue (Tracy Turnblad), Maria Lowe (Velma Von Tussle), Joanna Rivero (Amber Von Tussle), Candice Dawson (Motormouth Maybelle), Lauren Cote (Penny Pingleton), Mark Mayrsohn (Wilbur Turnblad), Andrew Rodriguez-Triana (Corny Collins/Mr. Pinky), William Valdes (Link Larkin), Michael Wordly (Seaweed J. Stubbs), Leia Ambrister (Little Inez), Javier Castellanos (Mr. Spritzer).
Cast continued; Council Members: Daisy Fernandez (Brenda), Noah Meltzer (Brad), Giselle Torres (Lou Ann), Isabella Gonzalez (Tammy), Alejandro Quintero (Fender), Olivia Pena (Shelly), Carlos Fernandez (IQ). Cast continued; The Dynamites; Juliana Carrasco (Judine), Isabella Pena (Kamilah), Dominique Nino/Alessi Martin (Shayna). Darius McGahee (Duane), Queen Thompson (Cindy Watkins), Justise Hayward (Glibert), Imranda Ward (Lorraine), Lis Arizmendy (Prudy Pingleton), Stephanie Fritz (Gym Teacher/Matron), Sofia Ortega (Beatnick Chick).
The Ensemble; Annabel Hosking, Dania Lechter, Isabella de Miguel, Eric Verbeeck, Mae Shindell, Alina Hernandez, Viviana Vela, Mica Einhorn, Ana Luna Alvarez, Alessandra Pena, Alessia Garcia, Alba Uriarte and Amaya Uriarte. Production credits; John Ruiz, Santiago Vidal, Gonzalo, Liza Mack (Backstage Crew), Eric Nelson (Technical Director), Martha Gonzalez, Andrew Rodriguez-Triana, Angelica Torres (Make Up), Angelica Torres, Frank Rudisell (Light Design), Angelica Torres, Broadway Costumes - Chicago IL (Costumes), Michael Wordly, Sofia Ortega (Assist. Choreography), and Angelica Torres (Direction/Choreography). For more information on Angelica Torres and Broadway Musical Theatre visit www.broadwaymusicaltheatre.com.