BFSF Master Classes

Baayork Lee

Baayork

Gerard Alessandrini

Gerard Alessandrini

Broadway Dance Master Class
with Baayork Lee


Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 9:00 AM
$20 - Class
$5 - Observer


Director/Choreographer Baayork Lee leads a 3-hour Broadway Dance Master Class.  Starting with her renowned one-hour warmup, she will lead you through the rigorous paces of a true Broadway dance class, giving participants valuable feedback to improve technique and performance.

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Audition Song Master Class with
Gerard Alessandrini


Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 12:00 PM
$20

Special Tony Honoree Writer/Director Gerard Alessandrini (Forbidden Broadway, Spamilton) leads this Master Class on choosing and performing a Broadway Song for audition.  Participants will have the opportunity to present their audition repertoire for feedback from Gerard, feedback that will assist them in finding a song and style that best suits their voice.  Gerard is a master of the form with an encyclopedic knowledge of Broadway music and a gift for directing actors in the nuances that make for a better performance.  Comedic songs are especially encouraged.

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About Baayork Lee
Baayork Lee is the 2017 Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award Winner.  She first appeared on Broadway as a child in the original production of The King and I.  After further study in ballet, modern, and Afro-Cuban dance, she was in George Balanchine’s original production of The Nutcracker.  While attending the High School for the Performing Arts in NY, she met fellow student Michael Bennett, and after appearing in several Broadway shows, including Flower Drum Song, Mr. President, Golden Boy, A Joyful Noise, Promises, Promises, and Seesaw (opposite Tommy Tune), she was invited by Bennett to participate in the workshops from which the seminal musical, A Chorus Line, was developed.  Lee played the role of Connie Wong in the original company, a role that was based in large part upon Lee’s life.  

Lee also assisted Bennett with the choreography of A Chorus Line, as his second assistant behind Bob Avian.  Lee has gone on to direct and/or choreograph many productions of A Chorus Line around the world, including re-staging Bennett’s choreography for the most recent Broadway and West End (London) productions.  In addition to her work with A Chorus Line, Lee has directed and/or choreographed national and international tours of The King and I, Bombay Dreams, Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Barnum, Porgy and Bess, Jesus Christ Superstar and Carmen Jones.  She has choreographed several productions for the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center.  She is currently preparing for a non-Equity tour of A Chorus Line.  

Lee was awarded the Paul Robeson Citation Award form Actors’ Equity in 2014.  She is the Founder of National Asian Artists Project (NAAP), a not-for-profit committed to showcasing the work of Asian-American theatre artists through performance, outreach, and educational programming.
About Gerard Alessandrini
Gerard is best known for writing and directing all the editions of Forbidden Broadway and Forbidden Hollywood in New York, Los Angeles, London and around the world. He was a member of the original cast of Forbidden Broadway. Gerard is from Needham, Massachusetts and is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music. In 1982, he created Forbidden Broadway, which has spawned 18 editions, 8 cast albums and a record-breaking 30-year run in New York. Television credits include writing comedy specials for Bob Hope and Angela Lansbury on NBC, Carol Burnett on CBS and “Masterpiece Tonight,” a satirical revue saluting “Masterpiece Theatre” on PBS. He can be heard on four of the eight Forbidden Broadway cast albums and on the soundtracks of Disney’s Aladdin and Pocahontas. Directing credits include many corporate industrials and regional musicals, including a production of Maury Yeston’s musical In the Beginning. Gerard also co-directed a revival of Irving Berlin’s final musical Mr. President, which he updated & “politically corrected.” Gerard is the recipient of an Obie Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, two Lucille Lortel Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Drama League and three Drama Desk Awards for Best Lyrics for Forbidden Broadway. He received the 2006 Tony® Honor for Excellence in the Theatre, and was awarded a Legend of Off Broadway Award from The Off Broadway Alliance. His Madame X: The Musical won acclaim and multiple awards at the NYMF Festival; his holiday extravaganza The Nutcracker and I, written with Peter Brash was a smash at the George Street Theatre. In 2016, Alessandrini wrote and directed the revue Spamilton, a parody of Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. Spamilton currently plays  in New York,and Chicago, earning rave reviews in both cities and the attention of Lin-Manuel Miranda who tweeted, “I laughed my brains out!” 
This program is supported in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs 
and Florida Council on Arts and Culture.  Funding for this event is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. 

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