Friday, October 31, 2014

Broadway Ladies: Ms. October 2014: Charlotte d'Amboise

Ms. October 2014
Charlotte d'Amboise

WHY SHE'S MS. BROADWAY: You know I love a real Broadway baby.  Ms. October is the real thing.  She's originated roles; she's been a replacement.  She's been in the ensemble, and she's been the lead.  Flops or hits, she's done it all. She got her start as the mysterious Siamese cat, Cassandra, in Cats, and went on to show off her triple-threat skill set in such shows as Song and Dance (with her brother, Christopher) and the infamous Carrie. She earned her first Best Actress Tony Award nomination when she played, among other things, Peter Pan and Anita, in Jerome Robbins' Broadway, and her second for A Chorus Line in the iconic role of Cassie.  In between nods, she took on three revivals and a Best Musical - Damn Yankees (a very becoming Lola), Company (Kathy in 1995), Chicago (many, many, many times as Roxie Hart) and Karen Ziemba's replacement in Contact.  I have to say I really admire her for being a true pro and trouper when she took over as Charity Hope Valentine so that the revival of Sweet Charity could keep going while its star was healing a broken foot.  These days, she's still kicking high and seducing audiences with her sexy smile and sultry Fosse moves in the Tony-winning revival of Pippin.  And being married to another Broadway baby, Terrence Mann, doesn't hurt either.  No wonder Charlotte d'Amboise is Ms. Broadway!

Candids and Head Shots

The whole family!

Song and Dance

with brother Christopher

Jerome Robbins' Broadway

Damn Yankees




Her Contact co-stars and her dad, Jacques!
Sweet Charity

A Chorus Line



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Broadway Boys: Mr. October 2014: Michael Esper

Mr. October 2014
Michael Esper

WHY HE'S MR. BROADWAY: One of my favorite things about frequently attending Broadway (and off-Broadway) shows is watching performers whose work I love grow and take on more and more challenges.  Mr. October is one such guy.  Though he's only been on Broadway proper four times, his theatre resume is impressive.  It includes such off-Broadway high profile projects as Tales from Red Vienna (with Nina Arianda), Assistance, As You Like It, The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide...(by Tony Kushner), The Four of Us, and subUrbia.  He's also done his share of film and television, including A Beautiful Mind, Frances Ha, Runner Runner, Nurse Jackie, Person of Interest and the short-lived Do No Harm.    On Broadway, he started out by co-starring in the revival of A Man For All Seasons and later co-starred with Linda Lavin in The Lyons.  He's probably best known (so far) for playing Will in Green Day's American Idiot.  And now he's the lead in Sting's The Last Ship.  Isn't it refreshing that when you look an actor up on Wikipedia, he's described as being "notable for his work on the stage"?  That's Michael EsperMr. Broadway!

Head Shots and Candids

subUrbia,  Tales From Red Vienna, Assistance, The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide...

Film and Television
Frances Ha, Person of Interest, Nurse Jackie, Do No Harm

American Idiot, The Lyons, The Last Ship


"Wake Me Up When September Ends" 
from American Idiot (with John Gallagher, Jr. and Stark Sands)


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