James Monroe Iglehart is theatre magic. He’s the type of performer that reminds us all why it’s easy to love live theatre.
While Iglehart won a Tony Award for Aladdin, the magic carpet ride wasn’t as magical as the man himself. And now, through the Seth Concert Series, we get to enjoy him for ourselves on Sunday, Dec. 13 with an encore on Monday, Dec. 14. Iglehart, who never forgets he’s from Hayward, CA, will likely cover a spectrum of great shows that he’s been in – from Memphis to Aladdin to Hamilton. These concerts with Seth Rudetsky have a successful formula and it makes for a very interesting evening. Rudetsky asks questions of his guest performer and then they break out into song from the resume of the performer’s history.
I would love for Iglehart to talk about how his part in Memphis started out as a few lines when it premiered at TheatreWorks and then the role got bigger when it played at the La Jolla Playhouse and then even bigger when it got to Broadway, where, by this time, he had a few songs of his own including “Big Love.” Also, we might find out how hard it was for Iglehart to stay in a frozen position during his nightly 15-minute standing ovation from his showstopping number in Aladdin. Or maybe Rudetsky will take us back to Iglehart’s Bay Area roots where he performed as Teen Angel in Grease.
This will be an evening to remember. I am so happy that Mark Cortale Presents and Broadway World keep giving us these wonderful evenings at home as we certainly have all missed seeing the arts in person.
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