PHOTO CALL: Corey Cott, Jason Gotay, Emma Hunton, Taylor Louderman, Ariana DeBose and More Sing the Music of Britney Spears
By Matthew Blank
The TRL Generation: Broadway Loves Britney, a one-night-only concert celebrating the music of Grammy Award-winning pop artist Britney Spears, was offered March 3 at the Canal Room in New York City.
Broadway Loves Britney, set to begin at 9:30 PM, follows the summer 2012 installment of The TRL Generation, Broadway Sings the 90's.
Produced and musically directed by Benjamin Rauhala with direction by Kyle Fox, the concert featured Corey Cott (Newsies), Taylor Louderman (Bring It On), Jason Gotay (Bring It On), Emma Hunton (Rent, Spring Awakening), Ariana DeBose (Motown, Bring It On), Corey Mach (Hands On A Hard Body, Godspell), Zak Resnick (Mamma Mia!), Janet Krupin (Hands On A Hard Body, Bring It On), Hannah Elless (Godspell, The Other Josh Cohen), Tess Soltau (Into the Woods, The Addams Family), Eric Michael Krop (Godspell), Jesse JP Johnson (Wicked, Glory Days), Corbin Reid (Rent, Sister Act), Blake Daniel (Spring Awakening, Hello Again), Gabe Violett (Spring Awakening), Tracy McDowell (Rent, "The Next Big Thing: NY"), Sara Kapner (Bare, Hollywood Arms), Alice Lee (Bare, Spring Awakening), Ariana Groover (Bare), Lyle Colby Mackston (Paper Mill Playhouse's Spelling Bee) and Danny Quadrino (Bye, Bye Birdie).
The TRL Generation: Broadway Loves Britney, described as "a song and dance extravaganza paying tribute to our generation's princess of pop," promised a career-spanning set list featuring new arrangements and mashups of "TRL" classics such as "…Baby One More Time," "(You Drive Me) Crazy" and "Oops!...I Did It Again" as well as recent hits, including "3," "'Til The Word Ends" and "Scream and Shout."
Musical arrangements and orchestrations were by Joey Contreras, Rauhala and Charlie Rosen. David Paul Kidder and Brian Henninger provided choreography.
The band featured Rosen on bass, David Cinquegrana on guitar, Rauhala on keyboard and Lenny Reece on drums. Backup vocals are provided by Lacey Angerosa, Chris Ingrao, Tara Minogue and Jillian Soares, and backup dancers are Kidder, David O'Neill and Henninger.
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