Mia Montero from Berkeley Heights and freshman at Governor Livingston High School, was among the 90 students selected to perform in a very special - and surprise - production of the Broadway Musical CHICAGO at The Ambassador Theatre on Tuesday March 21, 2017.
Mia is a member of Pixie Dust Players, a youth theatre company, and was invited to join the students of NYC’s iTheatrics' High School All Stars to help celebrate the 90th birthday of the beloved musical composer John Kander and to announce the creation of CHICAGO (High School Edition). Mia made her ‘Broadway debut’ in the company of the great legends, Chita Rivera, Joel Grey, James Naughton, Bebe Neuwirth and many more, who all made surprise appearances.
Just before the final number, Bebe Neuwirth, a Tony winner for her performance as the original Velma Kelly in the revival, introduced the 90 students who performed “All That Jazz” with the Broadway cast. With only two rehearsals, these talented teens were able to learn the original Fosse choreography and worked with the Broadway Dance Captain and Music Director. The students flooded the aisles and the stage to dance with the cast members.
In order to keep the announcement of the release of CHICAGO (High School Edition) and its special Birthday guests a surprise, parents and the teens were not allowed to talk about the event -- much to the disappointment of family and friends. The secrecy added to the excitement surrounding this momentous occasion.
Lindsay Maron said, “It’s not every day you get to make 23 dreams come true! When I received the email from iTheatrics, I knew this was not an opportunity that comes around often. I’m so glad we were able to make it work and keep the secret! Getting to watch the cast and guest performers rehearse for the big performance was an extra special treat.”
This spring Mia performed in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at GLHS, and performed with Pixie Dust Players this past fall in the Summit Playhouse’s pilot production of OLIVER JR. As a member of the Paper Mill Playhouse All Stars, Mia has appeared in A CHRISTMAS CAROL, SEUSSICAL JR., and ONCE ON THIS ISLAND in the lead role Ti Moune, performing throughout the community at senior residences and centers for children with disabilities.
Mia also performs at various local venues as a featured vocalist with Elefante Music’s New Jersey Jazz Academy. As a student of the New Jersey School of Ballet, Mia has performed with the New Jersey Ballet Company in their annual production of THE NUTCRACKER at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown and will be seen again at the MPAC in this year’s spring musical, WEST SIDE STORY.
Mia will also be performing this summer at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida with the Company of Pure Movement Dance Center of Berkeley Heights.
Pixie Dust Players’ founder, Lindsay Maron, was asked by iTheatrics to bring her youth group to New York City for this special night. iTheatrics adapts Broadway musicals into junior versions for performances by elementary, middle and high school aged children. Lindsay and Pixie Dust have piloted multiple MTI Broadway Junior and KIDs titles for iTheatrics and worked with Stephen Schwartz to create the adaptation CHILDREN OF EDEN, JR. She also worked closely with iTheatrics on the adaptation of OLIVER! JR and presented the world premieres of both of these productions at The Summit Playhouse.
This coming summer, Lindsay will be producing and directing a new youth adaptation of R&H’s CINDERELLA for iTheatrics. The mission of Pixie Dust Players is to share the magic of theatre with performers and audiences alike. They strive to produce high quality productions performed solely by children and teenagers for audiences of all ages.
Pixie Dust had 23 performers at CHICAGO: Sophia Blanchard, Sydney Brenton, Karenna Breslow, Ben Errig, John Ertman, Katherine Ertman, Maya Fortgang, Dexter Kennedy, Jacob Lesser, Charlotte MacMurray, Cameron Matheson, Mia Montero, Jack Nissen, Will Nissen, Natalie Pereira, Alex Pereira, Grace Petersen, Nina Randazzo, Darby Ryden, Ally Salort, Wasif Sami, Maya Slaughter, and Charlotte Wesson.
CHICAGO, playing at the Ambassador Theatre, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary on Broadway and is the longest-running American musical in Broadway history. The show is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Recording. With a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, CHICAGO is directed by Tony winner Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Tony winner Ann Reinking in the style of Bob Fosse.