I volunteered this past Thursday with Covenant House Michigan and unexpectedly got to see some of our students from past Detroit Arts Immersion workshops singing onstage with renowned Broadway stars.
Broadway came to Detroit for one special night at A Night of Broadway Stars, a benefit for Covenant House Michigan. The show, produced and led by renowned composer and lyricist Neil Berg whose credits include Grumpy Old Men and The Prince and the Pauper, featured solo and group performances by Broadway’s biggest stars re-creating their roles and music from Phantom, Les Mis, Miss Saigon, Dreamgirls and more.
Yes, these stars were amazing, but what wowed me even more was the poise and personality that shown through when our students were on stage. Two of them shared their personal stories and thanked Covenant House Michigan for the support that they've provided. They also talked about how passionate they are about creating a music career for themselves, one as a rapper and music producer and one as a singer. Hearing them share their passion for music made me even more excited that Detroit Arts Immersion is returning to Covenant House Michigan this week.
-- Annick Odom, music teaching artist
Here are some terrible quality pictures to prove I was there and share some of my excitement with you :)
For those of you who want to know which Broadway artists were present:
Richard Todd Adams, Neil Berg, Jason E. Bernard, Roger Cohen, Rob Evan, Rita Harvey, Capathia Jenkins, Natalie Toro, Brian Walters, and Abe Saenz.