Columbians on Broadway

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Columbians on Broadway

The Low Down: A podcast from the Columbia Alumni Association

Throughout the year, CAA Arts Access brings exclusive opportunities to see Broadway shows produced and directed by Columbia alumni such as The King and I, Fiddler on the Roof, The Color Purple, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, and many more. 

This month, The Low Down features a podcast on Columbians on Broadway. When it comes to Broadway musicals, Columbia alumni have contributed a startling amount to the canon of musical theater. Rodgers and Hammerstein '16CC set the musical standard during the golden age of Broadway in the 40s and 50s; the music of John Kander '54GSAS probed the darker recesses of humanity, giving legendary choreographer, Bob Fosse, innovation-inspiring scores. More recently, Tom Kitt '96CC and Brian Yorkey '93CC were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for their musical, Next to Normal, in 2008, and Jeanine Tesori '83BC made history in 2015 with Fun Home, when she was part of the first all-female writing team to win the Tony Award.

This podcast episode turns our attention to Columbia alumni who work in a different capacity on Broadway. Today, we’re talking about directors - Diane Paulus '97SOA (Director, Waitress) and Tyne Rafaeli '14SOA (Associate Director, Fiddler on the Roof).

Listen to the podcast here.

Here's a listing of current Columbians on Broadway:

Reed Birney, Columbia University School of the Arts Faculty, Starring as Erik Blake in The Humans (Closing December 31, 2016)

Brandon Victor Dixon '07CC, Starring as Eubie Blake in Shuffle Along (Closing July 24, 2016)

Diane Paulus '97SOA, Director for Finding Neverland (Closing August 21, 2016)

Diane Paulus '97SOA, Director for Waitress

Tyne Rafaeli '14SOA, Associate Director for Fiddler on the Roof (Closing December 31, 2016)

Seth Sklar-Heyn, Columbia University School of the Arts Faculty, Executive Producer for Les Misérables (Closing September 4, 2016)

Sarah Steele '11CC, Starring as Brigid Blake in The Humans (Closing December 31, 2016)

Jeanine Tesori '83BC, Composer/Score for Fun Home (Closing September 10, 2016)

Barbara Whitman '05SOA, Producer for Fully Committed (Closing July 31, 2016)

Barbara Whitman '05SOA, Producer for Fun Home (Closing September 10, 2016)

Upcoming on Broadway:

Brandon Victor Dixon '07CC, Starring as Aaron Burr in Hamilton (August 2016)

Tom Kitt '96CC, Music Supervisor for The SpongeBob Musical (2016-2017 Broadway Season)

Terrence McNally '60CC, Book for Anastasia (April 2017)

Ben Platt, Student at School of General Studies, Starring as Evan Hansen in Dear Evan Hansen (November 2016)

Darko Tresnjak '98SOA, Director for Anastasia (April 2017)

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