The new BYU-Hawaii ensemble Broadway Revue will sing to inspire its audience members to follow their wishes come true in their production titled “Follow Your Dreams,” according to Dr. Melissa Glenn, director of the group.
“We all have dreams, but do we go for them? Do we give up? And if we do achieve them, are we glad we have them? Or when we have them, do we wish we had something else?” asked Glenn, assistant professor of Music & Theatre Arts.
The production debuted last night, Thursday, Nov. 16, to positive reactions from the crowd. “I loved that the theme was empowerment,” said Jane Tidwell, a junior in exercise sports science from Alaska. “Obviously there were some parts of the play where the music was about how lives don’t go as planned, but in spite of those disappointments we can progress and achieve great things.”
Glenn explained the complexity of achieving one’s dreams by referencing Alexander Hamilton, a man who was able to become one of America’s most influential leaders and achieve his dreams at the cost of his family – he cheated on his wife and his son was shot and killed. She said, “It’s never an easy lit path to our dreams, it’s a tough journey.”
Adam Jonsson, a freshmen in business management from Sweden and cast member, said, “I hope the production inspires people to dream, and accomplish their dreams.
“I know in my life I have accomplished things that I never thought were possible. Sometimes you might not see how you will accomplish your dreams, but through hard work and faith some day you will achieve your dreams. Don’t be afraid to dream.”
Rikki Brady, a senior in vocal performance from Oregon, explained how performing in productions like Broadway Revue is part of her dream. “I always want to be performing and have musical theater as a part of my life. … Everybody has dreams deep down, so everybody will be able to relate to our production.”
The production will portray “that no matter where we are in life, we all have a dream, and we are all striving for that dream,” said Sarah Knight, a vocal performance sophomore from California and cast member.
This production is evidence that dreams are attainable, Knight explained, because it shows that when many students came together, goals and dreams can be achieved despite differences in background and culture.
“The Broadway Revue is an exciting musical theater ensemble that will showcase some of theater’s best songs and the talent here at BYU-Hawaii,” said Dr. Glenn.
Some of the performances include Pentatonix’s rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” “I Have a Dream” from the Disney movie “Tangled,” “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child, and music from the musicals “Hamilton” and “Annie.”
Glenn, who acted as director, musical stage director, and stage manager, explained how juggling multiple roles has given the students the opportunity to rise up and play a more significant role in choreography, music selection, and directing.
“We have put in a lot of time and effort into this performance. … We had to memorize music, dance steps, and spend a lot of time [on it],” explained Knight.
“We hope audience members will leave the performance feeling happy and excited to chase after their own dreams,” said Brady.
Broadway Revue will perform tonight and tomorrow night, Nov. 17-18, at 7:30 p.m. in the McKay Auditorium.