Oklahoma City University among best-represented universities on Broadway

Oklahoma City University among best-represented universities on Broadway

August 13, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


ABIGAIL: BIG STARS ON BROADWAY,
GETTING THEIR START RIGHT HERE
IN OKLAHOMA. JESSICA: “PLAYBILL” JUST NAMED
OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY ONE OF
THE MOST REPRESENTED COLLEGES ON
BROADWAY. WE WENT TO OCU TO FIND OUT WHAT
SETS THEM APART. SINGING, ACTING, DANCING.>>ALL OF BROADWAY REQUIRES
TRIPLE THREATS, PEOPLE WHO CAN
DO ALL 3 THINGS. JESSICA: 17 OF THOSE TRIPLE
THREATS ON BROADWAY RIGHT NOW
GOT THEIR TRAINING ON THIS STAGE
AT OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY,
LIKE SASHA HUTCHINGS FROM “MY
FAIR LADY,” JACOB GUTIERREZ FROM “ALADDIN,” AND JENNIFER SANCHEZ
FROM “PRETTY WOMAN.”
>>THEY COME HERE PREPARED TO
WORK AND LEAVE HERE READY TO GET
A JOB. JESSICA: THE NATIONAL MAGAZINE
“PLAYBILL” JUST PUBLISHED THE
TOP TEN UNIVERSITIES WITH THE
MOST ALUM IN A CURRENT SEASON OF
BROADWAY. OCU MADE THE LIST.>>HONESTLY, IT DOESN’T SURPRISE
ME, THIS IS AN AMAZING PROGRAM. IT’S INCREDIBLE.>>WE SEE THEM FIRST WHEN
THEY’RE 17 AND THEY’VE JUST
ARRIVED WITH A DREAM. AND WE RAISED THEM UP TO THAT
LEVEL.>>TALENTED STUDENTS COMING BY
THE HUNDREDS FROM AROUND THE
WORLD TO BE PART OF THIS
PROGRAM.>>HERE, YOU KNOW EVERYONE TAKES
FROM EACH DIFFERENT SCHOOL, AND
IT ALL COMES TOGETHER TO MAKE A
REAL WELL ROUNDED PERFORMER. JESSICA: AND, IT’S NOT JUST
BROADWAY. THE SCHOOL HAS PRODUCED TONY,
GRAMMY, AND EMMY WINNERS.>>I THINK IT’S JUST FANTASTIC
TESTAMENT TO THE DECADES OF
INSTRUCTION AND TRAINING THAT’S
GONE ON HERE AT OCU AND ALL THE
PERFORMING ARTS. JESSICA: KRISTIN CHENOWETH IS A
NOTABLE ALUM. YOU CAN CATCH CURRENT OCU
STUDENTS PERFORMING THE BROADWAY
MUSICAL “SIDE SHOW” STARTING
NEXT WEEKE