Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Best of 2021: Debuts

Every New York debut is a momentous occasion for an actor, be on or off or off-off Broadway. Accomplishing this career highlight is no small task, maybe even more so in these trying times. Today, we celebrate six such actors, congratulate them, and look forward to seeing their careers take off!


Sharon D. Clarke (
Caroline, or Change
) As the title character in the revival of this Tesori-Kushner musical, Clarke's portrayal of the stoic maid brings audiences to their feet nightly. Her strength pervades the entirety of Studio 54. An established actress in Britain, we are indeed fortunate that she was able to share her performance with us here in the United States. I'm already looking forward to seeing her again, and hope it will be sooner rather than later.

Morgan Dudley (Jagged Little Pill)
Taking over an acclaimed (and Tony-nominated) performance is a daunting, Herculean task, and no 
doubt it's even more challenging when, on top of it all, you are also making your Broadway debut! Dudley certainly made their presence known with a powerful turn in the challenging role of Frankie. Here's to more of them on stage and screen!

Roe Hartrampf (Diana)
What a delicious way to make your Broadway debut! Not only on stage at the Longacre, but to have your debut captured in a pro-cut film on Netflix, too? An embarrassment of riches, to be sure. A great singer, he cuts a dashing figure and manages to make a spoiled, entitled brat of a prince captivating. Surely, it won't be long before he's back on the Rialto.
Brittney Mack (Six)
She's one of those actors that I found myself watching even when she wasn't the focus of the performance. As Anna of Cleve$, she is all kinds of sass, style and power. With a voice angels surely created, and a presence that has that "it" factor, we can't wait to see what comes next for this Queen of the Castle!

Adi Roy (Jagged Little Pill)
Though his time on Broadway was unfortunately cut short, I am certain we will see him again soon. This 19 year-old is currently studying acting at NYU, which will only make him better. He has a natural ease on stage and a remarkable chemistry with his cast mates! Best of luck to him!

Colin Trudell (Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas)
Even through a ton of makeup and a huge furry costume, we could tell that this young man is going places! He's the real deal - a triple threat - who made us believe he was a conscientious young otter. One thing I particularly appreciated about his performance was that despite this being a children's holiday show, his performance was sincere and never pandering. Can't wait to see him play a human! Soon, please, casting people! 

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