Check out this tap piece to "Bottom Of The River" choreographed by Melissa Schott and performed with her students Haley Hampton and Savannah Martin!
Channeling our inner Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth in "You'll Never Get Rich" rehearsal duet!
Enjoy this cover version of "Christmas Dreams"!
BEVERLY — The production of “42nd Street” at North Shore Music Theatre through Sunday is one of the finest two hours of entertainment I’ve seen at the venerable Beverly venue in many a moon.
The dancing is spectacular, the costumes are breathtaking and the performances are first-rate. Often when dancers are required to sing and singers are required to dance, the results are less than ideal. No such problem here.
This presentation of the classic Broadway musical, which, like “A Chorus Line” before it, is partly a glorious love letter to the “kids” who pursue their dream of performing and becoming a star. Staging this on North Shore’s theater-in-the-round must’ve created some unique challenges for the director, choreographer and dance captain. It all comes off without a hitch, remarkable considering at times some two dozen cast members are tap-dancing their hearts out on stage.
It’s hard to fathom that the cast performs this demanding show twice some days.
BEVERLY – In the opening moments of the musical “42nd Steet” at the North Shore Music Theatre, a curtain is slowly raised just enough so we can see many pairs of dancing feet, the rat-a-tat-tat of tap shoes ringing in our ears.
We hone in on those dancing feet and are frozen in a kind of theatrical trance. For the next two and a half hours, the dazzling dancing and fancy footwork rarely ever stops.
The glamour, spectacle and fashion of 1930s Broadway comes to Bill Hanney's award-winning North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) as a chorus girl from a small town aspires to find love and success on the Great White Way in the Tony Award-winning 42ND STREET, tapping across the NSMT main stage now through November 12, 2017. BroadwayWorld is excited to share exclusive highlights from the show below!
Be prepared to be swept off your feet.
North Shore Music Theatre’s joyous production of “42nd Street” follows its hit-filled overture with an explosive opening number set in a Broadway show audition in 1933. The star-is-born plot is optimistic and energetic, like the fabulous tap dancers that fill this exuberant cast. (Hey -- Bill Hanney did what? Look for this clever in-joke about the theater’s producer -- it’s projected as a newspaper headline on the opening curtain.)
Melissa will be joining the cast of North Shore Music Theatre's production of 42nd Street. The cast will be led by Jacob ben Widmar as Billy Lawlor, Tari Kelly as Dorothy Brock, Burke Moses as Julian Marsh, and Jessica Wockenfuss as Peggy Sawyer. The show also features David Coffee (Bert Barry), Erick Divine (Abner Dillon), Tina Johnson (Maggie Jones), Elise Kinnon (Annie), Dan Lusardi (Andy Lee), and Matthew Taylor (Pat Denning).
Check out this tap piece to "Can't Stop The Feeling" choreographed by Melissa Schott and performed with her students Haley Hampton, Catherine Poturalski, and Savannah Martin!
Triple threat Melissa Schott joins a star-studded group of presenters and performers including Gloria Estefan, Chita Rivera, Vanessa Williams, Denyce Graves, Storm Large, Rita Moreno and more at the Adrienne Arsht Center this spring.
Presented by the Adrienne Arsht Center, the 11th Season Gala Concert celebrates and pays tribute to women in the arts will take place March 30th. The all-female lineup will be under the musical direction of Broadway's Madeline Smith (Waitress, Frozen).
A featured singer/dancer in Cirque du Soleil's Original Company of Banana Shpeel, choreographed by Jared Grimes and directed by David Shiner, Schott performed at New York City's Beacon Theatre, Chicago's own Chicago Theatre and Toronto's Canon Theatre. She was also with the National Company of Irving Berlin's White Christmas (Judy Understudy), choreographed by four-time Tony Award nominee Randy Skinner and directed by Tony Award-winner Walter Bobbie.
Melissa most recently has traveled North America as a featured singer in Classic FM's Four Decades of Radio Hits show, performing with various symphonies, including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the Naples Philharmonic. She is a featured vocalist for MTI's Broadway Jr. recordings of Pirates of Penzance (Ruth), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Violet and Mrs. Gloop) and Into The Woods (Witch), and is the choreographer for Music K-8 Magazine tutorial videos.
Proceeds from the Gala will support the Arsht Center's Arts Education and Community Engagement programs, which enrich the lives of people of all ages in Miami-Dade County.
You can learn more about Melissa at www.melissaschott.com. For more information on the show, visit www.arshtcenter.org/Tickets/Calendar/2016-2017-Season/Gala/Gala.
Check out this tap duet to "Charlie Ain't Home" choreographed by Melissa Schott and performed with her student, Savannah Martin!
Check out this tap duet to "What Do I Know?" choreographed by Melissa Schott and performed with her student, Savannah Martin!
Watch Melissa as she taps to "Ain't That Life" by Jessica Andrews!
Check out Melissa and Broadway's Cory Lingner singing a live cover of "Only Us" from the hit musical Dear Evan Hansen!