Thursday, August 6, 2020

Best of the Decade: Up and Comers, Part II

Earlier this week, we continued our Best of the Decade series with the first twelve Up and Comers of Broadway who came to our attention over the past ten seasons. Today, we give you the other thirteen of these amazing fresh talents. Among them are not only actors, but also designers, directors and writers. The first twelve can be found HERE.

Here are the rest, alphabetically:

Best of the Decade:
Up and Comers, Part II

Dave Malloy (Playwright/Composer/Lyricist)
2010s Accomplishments: Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (Tony nomination), Ghost Quartet, Beardo, Octet, Moby-Dick
Looking ahead: True, this uber-talented composer has been prolific for the past two decades, it was in the most recent that he gained national attention. For our money, he's joined that rarefied post-Sondheim group of composers that challenge and push the boundaries of musical theater.

Lindsay Mendez (Actor)
2010s Accomplishments: Carousel (Tony Award), Significant Other, Dogfight, Wicked
Looking ahead: Her range, both vocally and in acting skill, is exciting and full of promise. Here's to more joy!

AnaÏs Mitchell (
2010s Accomplishments: Hadestown (Tony Award)
Looking ahead: She says she may never write another musical. Please, please, please write another one!!

Eva Noblezada (Actor)
2010s Accomplishments: Miss Saigon (Tony nomination), Hadestown (Tony nomination); 2013 Jimmy Award finalist; 2017 Theatre World Award
Looking ahead: She's a true triple threat, the kind of actor you can't wait to see again and again.

Ashley Park (Actor)
2010s Accomplishments: Mean Girls (Tony nomination), Sunday in the Park with George, KPOP, The King and I, Mamma Mia 
Looking ahead: After being about the best thing in Mean Girls, and winning our hearts in The King and I, we are really excited to see what comes next for her on stage.

Lauren Patten (Actor)
2010s Accomplishments: Jagged Little Pill (Drama Desk winner), Fun Home
Looking ahead: This literal showstopper is a thrilling performer who demands our attention no matter what role she plays. More, please!

Isaac Powell (Actor)
2010s Accomplishments: Once on this Island, West Side Story 
Looking ahead: Magnetic. Charismatic. Huge future.

Lucas Steele (Actor)
2010s Accomplishments: Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (Tony nomination), Emojiland
Looking ahead: He is a unique talent. We hope that will serve him well as he continues to surprise us.

Sonya Tayeh (Choreographer)
2010s Accomplishments: Moulin Rouge! (Drama Desk winner), Kung Fu (Drama Desk nomination)
Looking ahead: If you saw Moulin Rouge!, you know why she's on this list. With Sing Street coming up (fingers crossed), we are already looking forward seeing what she comes up with next.

Taylor Trensch (Actor)
2010s Accomplishments: Wicked, Bare, Matilda, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Dear Evan Hansen, Hello, Dolly!, To Kill a Mockingbird
Looking ahead: He was brilliant in Curious Incident, broke our heart in Bare, and was musical comedy perfection in Dolly. Why wouldn't we be looking forward to more from this versatile young actor?

Alex Wyse (Actor/Producer)
2010s Accomplishments: Lysistrata Jones, Spring Awakening, Waitress, What the Constitution Means to Me (producer, Tony nomination)
Looking ahead: This guy is everywhere in all media. If you've seen his award-winning indie series, Indoor Boys, you know he's a talented writer as well as actor. We wish him success in every media, but really can't wait to see him up on stage again.

Paloma Young (Costume Designer)
2010s Accomplishments: Lobby Hero, Time and the Conways, Bandstand, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (Tony nomination), Peter and the Starcatcher (Tony Award)
Looking ahead: She's creative, innovative and part of the new generation of theater designers. There's no reason she won't be a part of the future.

David Zinn (Scenic and Costume Designer)
2010s Accomplishments: Good People, Bengal Tiger..., Other Desert Cities, Seminar, The Other Place, Picnic, Violet, The Realistic Joneses, The Last Ship, The Real Thing, Fun Home (Tony nomination - Scenic Design), Airline Highway (Tony nomination - Costume Design), An Act of God, The Humans (Tony Award - Scenic Design), Amelie, Present Laughter, A Doll's House, Part 2 (Tony nomination - Costume Design), SpongeBob SquarePants (Tony Award - Scenic Design, Tony nomination - Costume Design), The Boys in the Band, The Waverly Gallery, Torch Song, Choir Boy
Looking ahead: He's already got two shows installed on Broadway as we speak (Diana, The Minutes), so we can only expect a lot more! 


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