Shuffle Along star Joshua Henry took some time before rehearsals to go back to the place where it all began.
The University of Miami graduate got a little nostalgic with his social media followers as he took a literal walk down memory lane through the campus. Boasting his Miami green “U” tank top and sandals (clearly enjoying the antithesis of New York winter weather), Henry stood proudly in front of the Jerry Herman Ring Theater, the student performance space that cultivated his budding creativity as well as that of several other notable students.
Never forget where you came from. Before I was ready for Broadway, I honed my performing chops here at the University of Miami’s #JerryHermanRingTheater. This is where the fire was fanned. Just visited today and felt all the feelings again! #AllAboutTheU #humblebeginnings
Inside the theater, it was almost as if Henry had stepped back in time and could see and feel all of the experiences he’d had in the space. He vividly narrated the memory of his first acting class:
This is the black box theater at the University of Miami. Bruce Miller was the first person to give me an acting class in college. Freshman year we all sat in a circle here and we said something about where we’re from and what we wanna accomplish in the next four years and there was just so much love here, but it just brings back the craziest memories. Wow.
After graduating from the Coral Gables campus in 2006, Henry instantly landed a role in Godspell at Papermill Playhouse. By 2007, the crooner was on Broadway with In the Heights. Henry played “Tin Man” in The Wiz at City Center and a very sexy “Favorite Son” in American Idiot before earning a 2011 Tony Award nomination for his powerful depiction of Haywood Patterson in Scottsboro Boys.
— Joshua Henry (@joshuahenry20) January 5, 2016
VIDEO: Where did I learn how to act? University of Miami theater department! #DaU #HumbleBeginnings Jerry Herman Ring Theatre
Posted by Joshua Henry on Tuesday, January 5, 2016
I’m counting the days until we get to see many of our favorite Broadway Black stars in Shuffle Along, namely, my boo, Mr. Henry. I’m also hoping that somewhere in Hamilton’s eternal run (because it’s obviously not going anywhere anytime soon) I will get to see a Joshua Henry portrayal of Aaron Burr. #FangirlFantasy. Lin Manuel, are you listening??
EXCLUSIVE: The Musical Brandy Would Love To Star In & Its NOT The Wiz
We recently chatted it up with Grammy award winning Brandy Norwood and, just in case you’ve been living under a rock, she is currently starring on Broadway as Roxie Hart in Chicago The Musical. She made her Broadway debut back in April and will continue in the show until Aug 2nd. (So make sure you have your tickets!) However, it seems as though Brandy has gotten the theatre bug and is not letting go.
She was recently seen on the subway singing the classic song “Home” From The Wiz. BUT she’s got her eye on an even bigger fish. Brandy told us in our Broadway Black Box interview that she wants to come back to Broadway as Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun. A show that originally starred Ethel Merman in 1946 and had a really popular revival in 1999 with Bernadette Peters, who played the wicked stepmother to Brandy’s Cinderella in the popular television remake. (Reba McEntire did a limited engagement in Annie Get Your Gun back then, much like Brandy is doing in Chicago now) We never seen or heard of a black Annie Oakley buy we’re definitely not opposed.
It was such a surprise to us, so excuse the squeals of excitement as Brandy gives us an exclusive snippet into what she’d sound like as Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun. We would actually be thrilled to see this and who knows? Maybe this could be Brandy’s Tony winning role or nomination at the very least.
We are so proud to know that she is a Broadway lover and that she’ll be coming back to us soon in one show or another. A revival of Annie Get Your Gun doesn’t sound to shabby now does it?
Watch the video & sound off in the comments of what show you’d want Brandy to return to Broadway with?
Watch our entire interview with the superstar by clicking the link below
Broadway Black Box: Brandy Norwood
Having the privilege to just meet the multiplatinum, Grammy award winning artist, Brandy Norwood, is a dream within itself. However, we got the chance to talk with the singer who made her Broadway debut in Chicago the musical this season. If you haven’t seen the show, you need to! Norwood ends her run on August the 2nd. Run to the box office or you’re going to kick yourself later.
In our interview with the current murderess of Chicago Musical, we talk about her journey to Broadway, what she’s doing to keep up with the demand of 8 shows a week, and what her plans are after Broadway. We also touched on her singing in the subway and what show she’d love to star in on Broadway after Chicago. It’s not all what you’d think. Watch as our host, Andrew Shade, takes you into the Broadway Black Box with Brandy Norwood.