Broadway at the Movies: Celebrating 80 years of Movie Musicals Starring Josh Young & Emily Padgett
Take one touch of Broadway musical magic. Add a pinch of Hollywood glamour. Take a spoonful of real onstage chemistry and clever banter. The result is Broadway at the Movies, a musical journey through 80 years of movies and musicals. The Lyric Theatre show, starring Broadway veterans Josh Young and Emily Padgett, will highlight some of the best of Broadway and Hollywood, with songs from The Wizard of Oz, West Side Story, Carousel, The Sound of Music, Les Mis, and favorite Disney musicals.
Josh Young is a frequent performer at the Stratford Festival, where he has performed in The Grapes of Wrath, Evita, as Che Guevara, and Kiss Me Kate. For his performance as Che he won the Broadway World Toronto Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He also played Marius in a tour of Les Miserables. He played the role of Judas in the 2011-2012 revival of Jesus Christ Superstar and he was nominated for a Tony. He also won a Theatre World Award for an outstanding Broadway debut. In 2015, he starred in the musical Amazing Grace as John Newton, a role he originated. He can be heard on the cast recording.
Emily Padgett is known for her work on Broadway. In 2007, she made her Broadway debut in Grease as a member of the ensemble and as a swing, understudying Sandy, Patty and Cha-Cha. In 2008, she joined the cast of Legally Blonde as Cece/District Attorney. After Legally Blonde closed, she was offered the role of Sandy in the national tour company of Grease. That led to her work as Sherrie Christian in Rock of Ages, Daisy Hilton in Side Show, and originated the role of Lucy Grant in Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s Bright Star. In 2016, she joined Sutton Foster in a limited, off-Broadway revival of Sweet Charity, and then she starred as Mrs. Bucket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Padgett grew up in North Carolina, but left the South to study at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. After graduating from the two-year program, she was quickly booked as Demeter on the non-Equity national tour of Cats. After a year, she left the tour and started attending open calls in the city while balancing odd jobs, a time-honored tradition.
You’ll have an enchanted evening.