ANDREW, BRIANNA WIN 'MY BROADWAY DEBUT'
They say there's a broken heart for every light on Broadway. But there's a lot to be said for getting a shot at stardom. The Early Show, in conjunction with The League of American Theatres and Producers, and Actors Equity, provided that chance for ten young drama students. Each day during the week of May 29, two aspiring stars auditioned live on the program, singing an excerpt from a Broadway musical number. Each of the Broadway shows represented had been helping students select their songs and rehearse.
Stars from each show offered items from the productions for auction each day, to benefit Broadway Cares. Bidding continues through Monday, June 12 at noon, EDT. TO PLACE A BID, and for details on the items being auctioned, and on this series, click here.
On Friday, viewers were asked to vote online for their favorite male and female student performers from the series. The winners were revealed Monday on The Early Show.
Andrew Arrington of the University of Michigan and Brianna Horne of Wagner College took the honors.
They did a duet of a song from "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," with two of the show's stars watching on the set. Jonathan Pryce and Lucie Arnaz raved about the performance.
Andrew and Brianna had walk-on roles in "Scoundrels" Tuesday night. Afterwards, there was a special champagne toast to them backstage with Pryce, Arnaz and Liza Minnelli. Their Broadway debuts were covered by The Early Show, which will air a report sometime before the Tony Awards show, which is set for Sunday, June 11.
See below for much more on Andrew, Brianna, all the other talented finalists, and the shows from which they did numers during the series.