COMING SOON - A Chorus Line

Brian Corkum will be back on the line as “Mark” in A Chorus Line at Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) in Houston, Texas. Below you will find Broadway World's full cast announcement including the creative team’s choreographer, Jessica Hartman, and director, Julie Kramer. Click “Purchase Tickets” and come see this sensational show at The Hobby Center from September 10th-22nd!

Source: https://www.broadwayworld.com/houston/arti...

West Side Story

Brian Corkum is heading back to New York City after performing in A.D. Players' West Side Story as “Big Deal.” A.D. Players has been bringing theatre to Houston, Texas for 52 years and with their brand new facility, The George Theatre, they will be creating moving art for years to come.

The month long run was referred to as “a rollercoaster ride that you can't get enough of“ by Broadway World and a “must-see show of the summer, gloriously produced and realized, with a young, talented cast that brings a crazy energy to the stage” by Culture Map Houston.

The Houston Press calls the musical number “Gee, Officer Krupke” the “showstopper of the second act” and an “outrageously funny ditty performed with considerable comedic chops.”

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For a look behind the scenes, click the link below!

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgEEpk0XLB...

WEST SIDE STORY

Brian Corkum just closed a limited run of West Side Story directed by Michael Fling (The MUNY, Goodspeed Musicals, TheatreWorks USA, Roundabout). The Abilene Opera Association gathered New York professionals for a three show run of West Side Story. These performances featured Jerome Robbin’s original choreography which was meticulously set by Beth Crandall (Associate Choreographer: The Kennedy Center, The MUNY, TUTS, Goodspeed, Broadway, and Off-Broadway).

Learning the original choreography from Beth was such an incredible experience. Beth performed as Zaza in the 2009 Revival of West Side Story and followed it to the First National Tour where she also served as the Dance Captain. She then performed in the International Tour and was the Associate Choreographer for Jerome Robbins’ Broadway at The MUNY. Brian was very proud to share the story of West Side with the Southern audiences of Abilene.

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FATE STILL RESTS

Brian Corkum recently closed “Fate Still Rests” performed at The Muse Brooklyn. This show is the brainchild of composer, Kevin Saunders Hayes.

This award-winning, immersive theatrical experience mixes classic silent film with live performance. The onstage action matches the silent film’s story and enhances it tenfold by incorporating steam punk fashion, a phenomenal rock opera score, contemporary/commercial dance, and “killer” vocals. This production has been mounted all across the world, but this is the first installment to hit New York.

“To say we were blown away would be an understatement. Mind-blowing entertainment… truly different, incredibly exciting, and definitely the ticket for one of the coolest theatrical events to be found.” ~ Broadwayworld.com

“Spectacularly unique: a blend of soul-pumping rock concert, dance, and theater intertwined with a silent film. A captivating, one-of-a-kind experience that had the audience cheering, singing and ready to dance!” ~ Buzzine

“WOW… a sound-and-light extravaganza that leaves you wishing for an extra pair of eyes and ears. Whether you’re a diehard theatergoer, movie buff or concert regular, you’ve never seen anything like it!” ~ Stage Scene LA

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Source: https://fatestillrests.com

A Chorus Line - The Lexington Theatre Company

Brian Corkum was back "on the line" this summer in A Chorus Line at the Lexington Opera House; but this time, he played the confident show-off, Mike Costa. The show was set and directed by Lyndy Franklin Smith, who made her Broadway debut in the 2006 Revival of A Chorus LineBrian got to share the stage with Broadway veterans like Anne Horak (Chicago, White Christmas) as Sheila, Denis Lambert (A Chorus Line, Doctor Zhivago) as Zach, Eloise Kropp (Cats, Dames at Sea, On The Town) as Val, and Sarah Bowden (A Chorus Line at The Hollywood Bowl) as Cassie.

Learning this Pulitzer Prize winning musical from Lyndy Franklin Smith was a dream come true. Lyndy was the female swing for Bebe, Connie, Kristine, Maggie, and Judy in the 2006 Broadway Revival and she served as the Dance Captain for Baayork Lee. She has lived and breathed this show for years and holds it close to her heart. Her favorite quote from the show is "the gift was ours to borrow," and to perform A Chorus Line for the audiences of Lexington was truly a gift. Brian was honored to have borrowed it for the summer. 

A link to a video clip of "A Chorus Line" is included in the Broadway World article below. CLINK THE LINK BELOW!

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Source: https://www.broadwayworld.com/louisville/a...

The Music Man - The Lexington Theatre Company

Brian Corkum had the pleasure of spending part of his 2018 summer in Lexington, Kentucky, performing in the ensemble of The Music ManThe Music Man, performed at the Lexington Opera House, was directed by Mark Madama (University of Michigan, Music Theatre Wichita) and choreographed by Mara Newbery Greer (Paper Mill Playhouse, Pittsburgh CLO, Music Theatre Wichita). The production was led by seasoned professionals like Mara Davi (Dames at Sea, A Chorus Line) as Marian Paroo, Edward Watts (Finian's Rainbow, Scandalous) as Harold Hill, Aaron Gaines (Irish Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre DC) as Charlie Cowell, and Justin Robertson aka "Squigs" as Marcellus Washburn.

Lyndy Franklin Smith, artistic director of The Lexington Theatre Company, made sure Meredith Willson's beautiful score of The Music Man was highlighted with a 27 piece orchestra. The cast consisted of Broadway veterans, young professionals from around the country, local professionals, and local pre-professional students. The cast worked tirelessly for two weeks to create a production that the audiences of Lexington would never forget.

To watch some promotional clips of the performance, CLICK THE VIMEO LINK BELOW THE PHOTO!

Edward Watts (Harold Hill) and Mara Davi (Marian Paroo)

Edward Watts (Harold Hill) and Mara Davi (Marian Paroo)

Source: https://vimeo.com/279648778

Ragtime - Texas state university

Brian Corkum and the talented performers at Texas State University had the pleasure of bringing the powerful story of Ragtime to the Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre. Brian was among the stellar ensemble and was featured in the roles of Stanford White and Charles S Whitman. He also had the opportunity to understudy Father and JP Morgan. 

Broadway World states: "Kiira Schmidt-Carper's choreography is intricately detailed, endlessly inventive and sharply executed with style by the entire company; however, keep an eye on Brian Corkum, a young performer whose execution of her work has a truly impressive snap and flair."

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Source: https://www.broadwayworld.com/austin/artic...

A Chorus Line - Texas state university

Brian Corkum was put "on the line" this past weekend as "Bobby Mills" in A Chorus Line (performed at the Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre at Texas State University).

Broadway World states, "[TXST]'s production weaves its spell so well, I was in tears by the end of the show."

Austin 360 states, "[The] talented cast of younger performers, whose athletic dancing skills, powerful vocals and heartbreaking performances fill up the bare stage more than any complex set ever could... The true stars of this production are the student actors making up the line of auditioning dancers... “A Chorus Line” is a true ensemble piece." It goes on to say, "Not only does this production reassert the power of the show, but it also puts a huge spotlight on the immense amount of talent that the Department of Theatre and Dance is turning out."

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A Shoe Story - The Long Center

Brian Corkum had the chance to originate the role of "Ben" in A Shoe Story. A Shoe Story is a pop/rock musical for all ages about the power of unity in times of need. Brian Corkum was recently nominated by the B. Iden Payne Awards Council for "Outstanding Actor in a Youth Production" for his role as "Ben." 

Allen Robertson, best known as "Buford Biscuit" on the two-time Emmy Award winning PBS show The Biscuit Brothers, wrote, composed, and directed A Shoe Story. Allen's passion for A Shoe Story was deeply rooted in the material. Allen created a rehearsal space which included wonderful collaboration between the creators, designers, and actors. Brian really enjoyed bringing Allen's vision to life. 

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Annie Get Your Gun - The Long Center

Brian Corkum had the pleasure to play the fancy-footed, hopeless romantic "Tommy Keeler" this summer in Annie Get Your Gun. Austin 360 stated, "Brian Corkum and Kate Brimmer as the young lovers Tommy Keeler and Winnie Tate, shine with innocence, charm and great chemistry as both scene and dance partners." Brian enjoyed inhabiting a classical Broadway musical, while also bringing a fresh energy to the role. 

Kate Brimmer (left) and Brian Corkum (right) performing "Who Do You Love, I Hope" in  Annie Get Your Gun.

Kate Brimmer (left) and Brian Corkum (right) performing "Who Do You Love, I Hope" in Annie Get Your Gun.