Perrysburg performer presents New York concertWritten by Brigitta Burks | News Editor | BBurks@toledofreepress.com
Next Stage Studios is bringing a New York City Christmas to the Toledo area this holiday season with a performance by The Broadway Boys on Dec. 9.
Michael Kadin Craig, managing director at Next Stage Studios in Perrysburg, decided he wanted to give his hometown a chance to see “The Broadway Boys: A Holiday Concert.”
“You have to spend so much money to fly out to New York, and if you have these connections, why not bring them back to this area?” Craig said.
The Broadway Boys is a group of six men who have all played leads on Broadway. Jesse Nager, who has performed in “Mary Poppins” and “Mamma Mia!”, founded the group in June 2005. Although there are six core members, other male leads are often invited to perform with the group. Up to 20 at a time have performed, Craig said.
Craig will perform with the group Dec. 9 and has sung with the ensemble about 10 times before. The Perrysburg native attended New York University and went on to perform in several Broadway musicals. He helped turn “High School Musical” and its sequel into onstage shows and also played the part of Troy. He later played lead Matthew in the award-winning “Altar Boyz” and Link in “Hairspray.”
Despite his success, Craig recently decided he was ready for a break. “New York in general for me, you’re always going, you never get to relax,” he said. Craig took a month off of auditioning and found he had a new calling: teaching.
“A month went by and I kinda fell in love with the idea of sharing what I’d learned,” he said. “And I thought no better place than where I grew up.” Craig came back to Perrysburg and now teaches at Next Stage Studios, which opened in March and has 130 full-time students.
The Broadway Boys came to the area last year and performed in front of about 800 people. This year is the first time the group will sing holiday music though, Craig said. The two-act show consists of about 15 rearrangements of holiday songs, including Craig’s personal favorite “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”
The show’s variety is sure to please the audience, Craig said. “Some [songs] are rock, some are more theater-sounding songs, some are traditional songs, but it’s all definitely very high energy,” he said. Traditional Broadway songs like “Seasons of Love” from “Rent” will also be performed.
The Broadway Boys plan to release a holiday album by Christmas 2012, but Toledoans have a chance to hear the tracks first, Craig said. In addition, The Broadway Boys will present guest workshops at Next Stage Studios from Dec. 5-8.
The Dec. 9 show starts at 7:30 p.m. at Perrysburg High School Auditorium. Presale tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for students and seniors. Day of tickets are $22 for adults and $20 for students and seniors. VIP tickets are also available for $50 and include upfront seating and admission to a meet and mingle at Next Stage Studios with the group.
Buy tickets at www.nextstagestudios.com or call (419) 873-5838.