Broadway Sings Alanis Morissette at the Highline Ballroom
BY JACKSON CLINE
There are few things as exciting as seeing ensemblists in the spotlight outside of a traditional theatre setting. While it’s thrilling to see Gaelen Gilliland command the stage as the Mayor of Bikini Bottom or Nikhil Saboo compete in a mathematics contest as Marwan Jitla, it's always a treat to see ensemblists perform as soloists in concerts. Last week at the Highline Ballroom, ensemblists took center stage to perform tunes by one of the top singer-songwriters of the 90s in Broadway Sings Alanis Morissette.
Full disclosure: This was my first time experiencing the catalogue of Morissette, and I cannot think of a better group to make me fall in love with her music. Not only was the audience treated to the vocal stylings of three major American Idol contestants, but they were also given the opportunity to see some of our community’s fabulous ensemblists bring Morissette's music to life with the perfect balance of theatricality and pop style.
From Ben Thompson’s hilarious and heartbreaking rendition of “Your House” to Corey Mach’s chilling performance of “Uninvited,” each singer's number showcased their strengths and uniqueness, celebrating both the singer and Morissette. Joey Taranto’s vocal prowess was on full display as he flawlessly navigated “Mary Jane," and Krystina Alabado displayed great range during "Perfect."
Perhaps the highlight of the evening was Pretty Woman ensemblist Jillian Mueller’s “Thank U.” From the moment she stepped onstage in her overalls and bright red heels, I expected brilliance. And she delivered. Jillian commanded and demanded the stage like no one else did that evening — she transformed into a total rockstar. I cannot wait to see her perform again.
Founded by Kinky Boots’ Corey Mach, Broadway Sings “takes a pop icon and flips their music to create brand new, unique arrangements.” Not only did I fall in love with the arrangements, I fell in love with the artists performing them. This concert allowed me to get to know some incredible Broadway ensemblists in a totally fresh way.