“4 YEARS!”

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After a four year hiatus, I am so very pleased to be returning on staff for Youth Sing Praise.  As a participant, this program was one of the most formative experiences of my young life, and serving on staff in many roles over the years has always been a highlight of my summers.  This year, I’ll be choreographing the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic and YSP standard, Joseph…

Pack a picnic.  Pack the family.  Pack the amphitheatre.

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WT’s Theatre Program Receives National and Regional Awards

CANYON, Texas—One of six invited collegiate productions in a competitive regional field of sixty-eight from Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico and Arkansas, WT Theatre’s production of Musical of Musicals: The Musical performed for a regional audience and national critics at the Abilene Civic Center, February 25-28, during the Region VI Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). In addition, WT theatre students competed in individual events for national and regional awards and commendations.

National Awards:

Outstanding Musical Theatre Performer and Kennedy Center National Musical Theatre Fellow – Zachary Perrin
Distinguished Musical Theatre Performance- Macy Watts
Distinguished Musical Theatre Performance- Caleb Aguilar
Distinguished Performance and Production – The Ensemble of Musical of Musicals
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National Commendations:

Christine Lisa Basse- Musical Theatre Performance
Micaela Grenier- Musical Theatre Performance
Royal R. Brantley- Direction of Musical of Musicals
Crystal Bertrand- Choreography for Musical of Musicals
Bradley J. Behrmann – Musical Direction of Musical of Musicals
Christine Lisa Basse Micaela Grenier

This is the third year in a row that WT theatre has advanced a production to the regional competition. A rare achievement, the “three peat” appearance by WT Theatre is their seventh overall regional performance since starting competition in the KCACTF in 1994: The Homage That Follows (1997), The Old Boy (2005), Rabbit Hole (2009), Iphigenia 2.0 (2013), Brooklyn (2017), Luna Gale (2018) and Musical of Musicals (2019).

Originally published on WTAMU News on April 12, 2019: https://www.wtamu.edu/news/wt-s-theatre-program-receives-national-and-regional-awards.aspx 

Retreat to Broadway Resource Guide frames conversation for RENT LIVE

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On January 27, 2019, RENT arrives to the small screen with the latest version of the live musical television events that have come to be an annual occurrence across the major networks.  Rent Live will air on FOX; check local listings for times.  In conjunction, the very cool non-profit Retreat to Broadway–whose Speakers Bureau includes Anthony Rapp himself–has produced its second Arts Education Resource Guide.

I was delighted to serve as Coordinator for the 2019 edition of the Arts Education Resource Guide and to collaborate with Retreat to Broadway Director and Founder Brian F.B. Reavey.  The 70-page resource is intended to be used by schools, families, theatre groups, book clubs, community groups, watch parties, church groups, etc. as a companion piece to the upcoming RENT Live broadcast.  The Guide contains distinct sections pertaining to specific themes such as “Identity,” “Social Issues,” and “Art & Expression,” but each section contains activities that encourage viewers to explore, create, and reflect.

To support Retreat to Broadway through the #ArtsEducation Initiative and receive a copy of the Resource Guide, make a contribution for as little as $10 by clicking here.

Read more about the Arts Education Initiative on broadwayworld.com.

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West Texas A&M Appointment

Bradley J. has been appointed as Visiting Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre at West Texas A&M University for the 2018-19 Academic Year.  Teaching duties include Acting I & II, Musical Theatre Rep I & II, Playscript Analysis, and Musical Theatre Direction.  He will also music direct Musical of Musicals:  The Musical and Spring Awakening.  

While the appointment prompts a short-term move to Amarillo, TX, he will continue to maintain active voice studios in NYC and San Diego as well as via Skype.  This appointment heralds the dawn of a new era of Texas BBQ.west+texas+am+web

 

Summer 2018 at La Jolla Playhouse

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For a third summer, Bradley J. will return to teach musical theatre at La Jolla Playhouse as part of the Young Performers Workshop and Young Performers Academy programs.  To learn more about how to register your student for these exceptional training programs at one of the nation’s top regional theatres, click here.

Private studio time will also be available for lessons or coachings in musical theatre or classical voice for singers of all ages.  Click here for more information about taking lessons in San Diego this summer.

Cyrano marks Off-Broadway debut

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I’m thrilled to be making my Off-Broadway debut this month as Le Bret in Cyrano de Bergerac.  

This well-known French classic will be performed in English, featuring Sephardi and Jazz standards for a world premiere adaptation.

The cast includes: David Serero (Cyrano), Mary Albert (Roxane), Andrew Edward Erwin (Christian), Cesar Munoz (De Guiche), Gordon Gray (Ragueneau), Bradley J. Behrmann (Le Bret), Isaac Cruz (Ligniere), Lauren Berkman (Duenna), Cameron Addicott (Valvert), Elena Du Pisanie, Benjamin Culpepper, and Shawn Chang.

Performances:
April 12th at 3pm
April 15th at 7pm (opening night- Followed by a cocktail party accessible with VIP tickets)
April 17th at 8pm
April 19th at 8pm
April 22nd at 7pm (closing night- Followed by a cocktail party accessible with VIP tickets)

Tickets are $26 and $36 (VIP tickets including access to the VIP party).

Performances will take place at:
Center for Jewish History
15 w 16th St
New York NY 10011

Plot: Hercule Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac, a cadet (nobleman serving as a soldier) in the French Army, is a brash, strong-willed man of many talents. In addition to being a remarkable duelist, he is a gifted, joyful poet and musician. However, he has an extremely large nose, which causes him to doubt himself. This doubt prevents him from expressing his love for his distant cousin, the beautiful and intellectual Roxane, as he believes that his ugliness would prevent him the “dream of being loved by even an ugly woman.”

http://www.theatermania.com/off-broadway/shows/cyrano-de-bergerac_323727/cast/

NEW VIDEO: “You Are Enough”

Guys, I’m thrilled to share this year’s composition for Wellness Through the Arts as part of the Ben Vereen Awards.  Sending so much love and respect to the five winning essayists who had the courage to share their story and inspire this song.  And kudos to the J*Company Youth Theatre who sang the socks off my piece.

If I am able to find a higher quality recording, I will share it.  In the meantime, thanks to Randall for recording it in my absence!

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Find out more about the Ben Vereen Awards and Wellness Through the Arts here.

Ben Vereen Awards commissions second piece, honors students

The Ben Vereen Awards has commissioned Bradley J. Behrmann as composer for the 2017 Wellness Through the Arts (WTA) program.  This is the third year of the program and the second commission for Behrmann.  In conjunction with the esteemed musical theatre competition, the WTA (a pet project of Mr. Vereen himself) solicits essays from San Diego area high school students who have faced issues with bullying and obesity.  Five winning essays became the raw material for a new piece of musical theatre.  Members of the J*Company Youth Theatre rehearsed the piece and performed it at the Ben Vereen Awards on May 28, 2017 at the Balboa Theatre in San Diego.

“This year, the five essay winners told us stories of their struggles, and the issues they’re wrestling with challenged their very identity,” said Behrmann.  “Each of them, however, found a home in the arts, and through that, they realized they didn’t need to be defined by outside forces.  The theatre helped them find the strength inside.  As I read their essays, the phrase that kept repeating in my head was ‘You are enough.’ That became the main hook of the song.”

Read about the 2016 Ben Vereen Awards here.

Summer 2017 brings return to San Diego

New York City is great, but what can compete with a summer in Southern California?  Bradley J. will be returning to San Diego to teach for La Jolla Playhouse as part of the Young Performers Workshop and Young Performers Academy programs as well as for San Diego Junior Theatre June-August 2017.  Private studio time will also be available for lessons or coachings in musical theatre or classical voice for singers of all ages.

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