Sunday, August 16, 2009

Review: Broadway Underground

Broadway Underground
A Raw, Spontaneous Celebration of the Arts
Hip hop, rap, jazz, ballads, tap and a lot of talented performers enjoying themselves converged recently on stage at BB King’s in New York to present Broadway Underground, a presentation starring Jared Grimes and DeWitt Fleming.

Produced by Grimes and Cheryl Cutlip, founder of the Times Square based dance ministry Project Dance, the evening is billed as a “blast from the past phenomenon” restoring the spirit of entertainment.

The recent show, inspired by performers who spontaneously entertain in Broadway’s underground, the subway, also featured BU Band, Tadah Dance Company and vocalist Annaleigh Ashford. After a two hour program, featuring several numbers choreographed by Grimes, audience members were invited to join the performers on stage for an open session.

Two video screens on either side of the stage provided views of the action, including the fancy footwork not readily visible to those seated at tables further from the stage. Audience members ranging from the young to the not-so-young enjoyed the burst of raw energy and joy on the stage.

The show is presented periodically. Check back here and we’ll list details of the next show.

--Lauren Yarger
Christians might also like to know:
• Part of the room in which the show is presented at BB King’s contains a bar where folks gather behind the cabaret tables. Though there are ties to Christians and Christian organizations, the evening does not include an overt “Christian message.” The content is appropriate for all ages.

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Jocelyn said...

Hello thank you so much for starting this blog. As Christian artist, we need all the inspiration that we can get. Thank you for your labor of love.

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Lauren Yarger, Bio

Lauren Yarger has written, directed and produced numerous shows and special events for both secular and Christian audiences. She co-wrote a Christian musical version of “A Christmas Carol” which played to sold-out audiences of over 3,000 in Vermont and was awarded the 2000 Vermont Bessie (theater and film awards) for “People’s Choice for Theatre.” She also has written two other dinner theaters, sketches for church services and devotions for Christian artists.

Yarger trained for three years in the Broadway League’s Producer Development Program, completed the Commercial Theater Institute's Producing Three-Day Training and produced a one-woman musical about Mary Magdalene that toured nationally and closed with an off-Broadway run.

In 2008 she was a Fellow at the National Critics Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. She writes reviews of Broadway and off-Broadway theater with a Christian perspective for Reflections in the Light ( and is editor of The Connecticut Arts Connection. She also is a contributing editor for

She also reviews books for Publisher's Weekly and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. She formerly was Connecticut theater editor for CurtainUp, a national theater web site bsed in New York and a reviewer for American Theater Web.

She also served as Executive Director of Masterwork Productions, Inc. and worked in arts management for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

She is a freelance writer and member of the Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle, The American Theater Critics Association, The League of Professional Theatre Women and The CT Critics Circle.

A former newspaper editor and graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Yarger lives with her husband in West Granby, CT and has two adult children.

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