Monday, January 11, 2010
Posted: 03:01 PM - by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
On Sunday, January 10 at the China Club Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Robert
Schenkkan, and composer/lyricist Neil Berg presented an industry showcase of their new
musical THE 12. Produced by Adam Friedson and Left Feild Productions, this musical showcase
is a preview to its premiere production at the Broward Center this upcoming spring.
The showcase, part of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters conference, was
directed by Richard Seyd.
The 12 takes one of the most well known stories in history and explores the least
known and most intriguing aspects of it: how twelve ordinary individuals torn apart
by the unthinkable death of their leader came together to create one of the most powerful
movements ever known to mankind.
A thrilling rock and roll concert set in the context of an underground rock band
performing what might be their last concert together, the 12 features twelve Broadway
and Rock stars...including: Ron Bohmer (Phantom, Les Mis, Sunset Blvd, Ragtime) as "Peter,"
Jeremy Kushnier (Rent, Footloose) as "Thomas", Patti Russo (featured singer from Meatloaf)
as "The Roadie" "Mother Mary" and "The Devil" , Michael Lanning (The Civil War, toured
with Larry Gatlin, and George Harrison) as "Simon", Sophia Ramos (Trans Siberian Orchestra)
as "Mary Magdelene", Gerard Canonico (star of Spring Awakening, upcoming American Idiot)
as "Jimmy" and special guest star Dan Spitz (original lead guitarist from Anthrax) on
guitar. Musical direction is by Wendy Bobbit Cavett (current conductor of Mamma Mia).
These greats performed original rock and roll songs in the classic rock and roll
styles of U2, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Janis Joplin, Eric Clapton,
The Who, Led Zepplin, Anthrax, Aretha Franklin, and Nirvana, among others.
BroadwayWorld was on hand to capture the excitement.