Camp Broadway® will present Before Broadway, a unique amateur talent showcase featuring an ensemble of 15 aspiring performers, ages 18-22, singing the songs by the Broadway composers who have inspired their dreams of having a career on Broadway. Cast through a national online search by a team of Broadway professionals, the members of the Before Broadway ensemble will make their New York stage debut performing solos, duets, scenes, and stories that reflect their personal journey to Broadway. This 75-minute, one-night-only concert will also feature Broadway veteran Adam Kantor of The Band’s Visit to host the show. Join casting agents and talent managers, theatrical producers, family, friends and future fans to see emerging talent take their shot at Feinstein’s/54 Below because it’s the room where the next Broadway star will be discovered.
“I’m really excited to get to engage with Camp Broadway’s next generation of theatre artists, and hopefully inspire them as much as they are sure to inspire me,” says Kantor.
Adam Kantor has returned to Broadway this fall in the new musical The Band’s Visit, by Itamar Moses and David Yazbek, and directed by David Cromer. Adam recently played the role of Motel Kamzoil in the Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof, directed by Bartlett Sher. Adam made his Broadway debut playing Mark Cohen in the final cast of Rent which was preserved on DVD by Sony Pictures’ RENT Filmed Live on Broadway. He reunited with Rent director Michael Greif in Next to Normal on Broadway, in which he played Henry. Adam played Jamie Wellerstein in the NYC revival of The Last Five Years, directed by its writer Jason Robert Brown, starring opposite Betsy Wolfe at Second Stage. Also off-Broadway, he played Princeton/Rod in Avenue Q. At The Old Globe, he played Proteus in Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona directed by Mark Lamos, and Jeff in the world premiere of Nobody Loves You by Itamar Moses and Gaby Alter. Adam played Eddie in the world premiere production of Diner by Sheryl Crow and Barry Levinson, directed by Kathleen Marshall. On TV he was in “Billions” on Showtime in the role of Pununzio, and “The Good Wife” on CBS in the role of Ezra. Adam was a co-founder of the nonprofit arts organization Broadway In South Africa, which provided arts education to underprivileged youth in the townships of South Africa. He graduated from Northwestern University and also studied at the British-American Dramatic Academy. @AdamJKantor