Becoming a Broadway Star for a Night, With the Help of a Workshop
By Lily Koppel, Published in New York Times on February 28, 2009

Click here to watch the video. A director would be hard pressed to assemble a more eclectic cast of New Yorkers than those warming up their voices around the grand piano at Nola Studios on West 54th Street near Broadway. A “Chorus Line” revival? Tryouts for “American Idol”? Not quite. They have gathered together from the five boroughs and paid $485 for a workshop to become the stars they always dreamed of being and to discover the Ethel Merman within. After four nighttime rehearsals, 15 stars were born. Well, that’s a stretch, but nevertheless, some of them had never sung a note outside a shower curtain, and now they found themselves performing the other night at the Triad on West 72nd Street. They entered the stage and warmed to the spotlight, easing into their numbers with breezy … [Read more...]