EXCLUSIVE: Kristin Chenoweth (Schmigadoon!), Kenny Ortega (Julie and the Phantoms) and producers Alan Powell, Steve Barnett and Vicky Patel of Monarch Media are teaming for the docuseries 1300 Miles to Broadway. Inspired by Chenoweth’s Broadway Bootcamp, the collection introduces eighth to twelfth graders to the world of performing arts by means of grasp courses in appearing, singing and dancing, and goes on the emotional journey with them as they put together for a future as performers.
Chenoweth launched Broadway Bootcamp on the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center in her Oklahoma hometown of Broken Arrow in 2015, to offer proficient native youngsters a style of actual Broadway expertise, working with them one-on-one. She introduced Broadway director, actor and producer Richard Jay-Alexander into the fold 4 years in the past to strengthen this system. All editions of the camp have taken place in-person aside from 2021’s, which was held nearly amidst the pandemic, with youngsters from 33 states and eight international locations taking part.
This 12 months, Chenoweth hosts two teams of scholars from world wide for her one-of-a-kind camps, which occur within the Performing Arts Center’s Kristin Chenoweth Theatre, having secured the participation of world class performing artists and academics from Broadway, tv and movie together with this 12 months’s Camp Director Ortega, in addition to Musical Director and Broadway Conductor Mary Mitchell Campbell, actor-musician Jordan Fisher, Kevin Chamberlin, Faith Prince, Owen Patrick Joyner, Booboo Stewart, Madison Reyes and Academy, Grammy and Tony Award-winning lyricist Stephen Schwartz.
Within the course of 1 week at camp, the collection paperwork the life-changing breakthroughs and friendships made. Camp highlights embody college students taking part in grasp courses with Chenoweth and different high-level professionals together with Schwartz and Chenoweth’s vocal coach, Celeste Simone. The one-week camps for 13- to 15-year-olds and 16- to 18-year-olds culminate in an emotional and entertaining student-faculty dwell efficiency.
Michael Orland, Nate Patten and Cynthia Kortman Westphal function the camp’s musical administrators and vocal coaches, with Tyler Hanes, Kelly Devine, Paul Becker, Deidre Goodwin, Kaitlyn Frank and Alif Sankey as its choreographers. Simone leads voice teaching, with Faith Prince, Lara Teeter, Zak Barnett and Kevin Chamberlin as appearing academics.
Ortega is directing the collection and exec producing alongside Chenoweth, Powell, Barnett and Patel, with Paul Becker, Scott Lochmus, Louanne Madorma and Kim Vento producing. Monarch will take the mission to market.
Chenoweth says that with Broadway Bootcamp, she needed “to encourage youth from everywhere in the world,” having achieved that aim over the course of the final seven years. “It goes to point out you irrespective of the place you’re from, in the event you do the work, you are able to do it,” she advised Deadline. “My foremost aim at camp is to encourage, which is simple once you’re working with of us like Kenny Ortega, Paul Becker, Louanne Madorma, and Kim Vento. With assist from Alan Powell, Steve Barnett and Vicky Patel of Monarch Media, audiences will now be capable to see what makes the KCBBC expertise so magical.”
“The pleasure I’ve felt working alongside Kristin and our Broadway Boot Camp crew has stuffed my coronary heart with an unforgettable life and inventive expertise. The love, creativeness, and aspirational vitality the youngsters and college dropped at the camp every day appear to carry us off the bottom. The music, laughter, breakthroughs, and private transformations have been life-changing,” stated Ortega. “I’m so grateful to Kristin for inviting me to be this 12 months’s camp and documentary director and to our Monarch companions produceorial and funding assist. It has put me in that artistic area that I dwell for.
“We share the enjoyment of working with younger folks, offering them with a non-judgmental environment to develop as artists offering them with schooling, expertise and the instruments to personal the self-confidence wanted to pursue a profession within the performing arts. We stay up for sharing this particular and distinctive camp expertise with the world and particularly with all of the Dreamers on the market,” continued the collection’ director-EP. “My favourite issues is “discovery” and this documentary and camp are loaded with it! Careers shall be born from this camp!”
“We’ll be rooting for these youngsters as we see them day one coming into the theater, observing them in dance, appearing, improv and music workshops, courses, and rehearsals,” added Monarch Media’s Powell. “The households be a part of the youngsters for the bootcamp live performance grand finale and it’s an extremely particular second.”
Chenoweth is an Emmy- and Tony Award-winning actor and singer who co-stars on Apple TV+’s Emmy-winning musical comedy collection Schmigadoon!, which has been renewed for a second season. She just lately starred alongside Stephan James and J.Okay. Simmons within the STXfilms sports activities drama National Champions, additionally starring within the Netflix movie Holidate. Other notable credit embody Pushing Daisies, The West Wing, Glee, Disney’s Descendants and stage performances together with Kristin Chenoweth: For the Girls, On the Twentieth Century and Wicked. Other latest releases from the multi-hyphenate embody her first image e-book What Will I Do with My Love Today and the vacation album HAPPINESS is…Christmas!.
Ortega is an Emmy- and DGA Award-winning director, producer and choreographer whose credit embody the Netflix collection Julie and the Phantoms, Disney’s High School Musical franchise, Hocus Pocus, Newsies, the Michael Jackson documentary This is It, and plenty of world occasions, live shows and theatrical productions.
Monnarch’s Barnett, Powell and Patel are presently in post-production on Something Here, a musical beforehand generally known as the Untitled Florida Georgia Line Project, and are prepping to shoot Road to Bethlehem, which shall be directed by The Prom‘s producer and government music producer, Adam Anders. They are presently growing an English-language remake of the Spanish-language movie La Lista, from director Alvaro Diaz Lorenzo. Previous credit embody the Netflix function A Week Away.
Chenoweth is repped by CAA, 3 Arts Entertainment and Schreck Rose Dapello; Ortega by McDonald Selznick Associates and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller