‘The Bench’ musical reading will star Broadway’s Tituss Burgess

The Idaho debut of the “The Bench-Journey Into Love” is getting some national attention in Broadway World, an online publication for New York’s theater community and beyond. The Idaho-based production company Titus Theatricals, headed by Boise’s Eric McCree, secured singer Tituss Burgess, a dynamite Broadway performer, as one of the show’s leads.

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Burgess made his name in the Broadway casts of “Jersey Boys,” “The Little Mermaid,” and the 2009 revival of “Guys and Dolls.” He’s also known for his reoccurring role on “30 Rock” as D’Fawn. Read the story.

The two “Bench” shows on July 13 at the Nampa Civic Center also include the talents of artists from the Boise Dance Cooperative and jazz musicians from the Treasure valley, including pianist Chuck Smith who will lead the musicians in the pit.

“The Bench” is billed as a musical reading. It’s a hybrid production that incorporates concert dance, song and spoken word, all set to an original jazz score. It’s the creative vision of choreographer Kiesha Lalama, who collaborated with her cousin, jazz musician David Lalama to originate the piece in 2010. This performance at the Nampa Civic Center on July 13 is the first step in this show’s journey to Broadway, hopes McCree.

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