Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Standing @ Zero: Jagged Little Pill's Kei Tsuruharatani

The ensemble of Jagged Little Pill plays an enormous part in nearly every aspect of the story and staging. As a group, they are extraordinary, but they are just as wondrous individually. One of those individuals stuck a personal chord with me during the song "Ironic." That person was Kei Tsuruharatani. His character in the scene is a classmate of Frankie's (Celia Rose Gooding), who calls her out for not actually being ironic. It hit me in a personal way because I, myself, have had that argument many times. From that point on, I kind of followed what he was doing as part of the ensemble. What a dancer! What an actor! I have a feeling he is going places.

Standing @ Zero
Jagged Little Pill's
Kei Tsuruharatani

In addition to JLP, his New York theater credits include the recent revivals of The King and I and Miss Saigon, as well as six seasons with the Metropolitan Opera. He has danced with several companies, is a freelance artist, and teaches mindfulness meditation.  Here he is in action:

In rehearsal with Kathryn Gallagher

JLP at A.R.T. (center front right)

At a JLP P.R. event (far right) 
JLP on Late Night with Seth Meyers (top left)

JLP - He's under the table!


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