Monday, September 18, 2017

Eric's Debut in Toyko, SONG AND DANCE OF BROADWAY, October 7-9, 2017

Eric is about to make his concert debut in Tokyo, Japan! He will be taking a one week hiatus from THE LITTLE MERMAID to join other Broadway stars, October 7th, 8th and 9th.  





http://www.playbill.com/…/willemijn-verkaik-earl-carpenter-…

BROADWAY AT GOOD THEATER, Portland, Maine - November 28-December 3


(From Maggi) 
I have already made arrangements to attend the Thursday through Saturday performances. I'd love to do a fanclub lunch or dinner near the theater on Friday, December 1st or Saturday, December 2nd. If you would like to attend the fanclub dinner, please contact me via Facebook or maggiwun@yahoo.com so I can make reservations for the group.

A friend of Anita Riggio (Brindlebeast), Brian Allen, Executive and Artistic Director of the Good Theater in fabulous Portland, Maine, is producing "Broadway at Good Theater", their annual gala fundraiser, starring Eric and Kathy Voytko! Because of their connection, Brian is giving Brindlebeast supporters and Eric's fans dibs on the remaining tickets to this concert, a revue of musical theater and holiday songs from 1950's that will include Eric singing "Maria" from West Side Story in six performances, November 28-December 3, 2017!
The venue, St. Lawrence Arts Center is a tiny acoustic gem on Munjoy Hill, a repurposed church that seats 110. Some performances are more than halfway sold out because the theater has a subscription base of 1400+..
Eric's and Kathy's names will be added to the cast roster on the Good Theater site in the next few days, and Brian plans a big announcement of Eric and Kathy's participation to Good Theater's subscribers in early October. Last year, the Good Theater gala sold out two weeks before Brian's announcement of the gala's guest stars, so this two week window is truly a coupe for fans to get tickets to this intimate holiday performance!
*IMPORTANT* Since this is a special arrangement, Brian asks fans to mention the code FAN CLUB when ordering tickets by phone (Box Office (207) 835-0895); when ordering online, please type FAN CLUB in the second Name box in Billing Information.

https://goodtheater.ticketspice.com/bw

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

THE LITTLE MERMAID at Civic Theater in San Diego, September 19-24



"Kunze is a masterful singer and vocal interpreter and he builds a ... likable, accessible character with his two songs and sensitive acting....
The San Diego Union Tribune, Pam Kragen, Contact Reporter

Read more here.

The show is nearly sold out, but some tickets may still be available here.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Little Mermaid Tour

Cities and dates of Eric's upcoming appearances as Prince Eric in the national tour of Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID.  Below are the links to tickets for all the venues.  Please keep in mind that some toward the end of the run may not be available yet.






Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, MO - June 6-11

Benedum Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA - June 14-25

The Filene Center at Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA - July 2nd

Straz Center, Morsani Hall, Tampa, FL - July 11-16


North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center - July 18-23

Orpheum Theater, Memphis, TN - July 25-30

Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Nashville, TN - August 1-6

Benjamin and Marian Schuster Center, Dayton, OH - August 8-13

Shea's Performing Art Center, Buffalo, NY - August 15-20

Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Tulsa, OK - August 29-Sept3

OKC Broadway, Oklahoma City, OK - September 5-10

Centennial Hall, Tucson, AZ - September 13-17

Civic Theater, San Diego, CA - September 19-24

San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, San Jose, CA - September 26-October 1

Durham Center for the Performing Arts, Durham, NC - October 17-22

Auditorium Theater, Rochester, NY - October 24-29

Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, Appleton, WI - October 31 - November 5

Creighton Orpheum Theater, Omaha, NE - November 7-12

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Eric Repeats His Acclaimed Performance as Bruce Bechdel in Fun Home - Manila 2017

"Eric Kunze, a veteran Broadway actor like Salonga, is, easily, the real star of the musical. He plays the role by the book--one that any cult follower of the graphic novel would readily and happily approve. Kunze switches gears without any hitch: one time caring, controlling and temperamental the next, pathetic and piteous in the end."







Read more here.



Sunday, November 20, 2016

Fun Home in Manila



Only seven performances remain in the Manila run of "Fun Home" starring Lea Salonga and Eric Kunze.  

"Broadway veteran Eric Kunze nails the difficult role of Bruce with charm, ambiguity and just the right amount of menace and pomposity as he grapples with his obsession with outward order and his own secret longings."  Read more here. 








Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Off to Manila!




Hunchback has wrapped in La Mirada and Eric is in Manila, Philippines for his next project:
Fun Home, the Tony award winning show in which he will co-star with his Broadway Les Miserables partner, Lea Salonga.  The show will run from November 10-27, 2016 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium.

FUN HOME is the most awarded and acclaimed musical of 2015, winning 5 Tony Awards including Best Musical.   When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires. FUN HOME is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes. Based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir, FUN HOME features music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Lisa Kron. The New York Times calls it, “THE BEST NEW MUSICAL TO OPEN ON BROADWAY.”  Both, Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron are scheduled to grace Opening Night of what will be the first international production of FUN HOME in Manila this November for a limited run of 18 performances only, starring Tony-Award winner, Lea Salonga opposite Broadway actor Eric Kunze.


Cast: Lea Salonga & Eric Kunze

Directed by: Bobby Garcia

Tickets available here.




Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Maggi's Review of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, California Musical Theatre, Sacramento, August, 2016


                                   (Eric and Lesli Marguerita)

Of all the shows I've seen Eric do in the last eight years, this may have been the most profoundly moving. And that's saying something, considering I've seen him star in Jesus Christ Superstar, Miss Saigon and Whistle Down the Wind, all very emotional pieces. The reason this experience was so very special was the vision and the courage of its director, Glenn Casale. He had the courage to cast the leading role of Quasimodo (Latin for “half-formed”) with a deaf actor, John McGinty. Glenn's vision was to make us acutely feel his humanity.

He did so by giving Quasimodo a “shadow” (Jim Hogan) who brilliantly sang the heart-rending songs written by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, while John signed and acted the lyrics. Gargoyles came to life as Quasimodo's only friends, giving admonishment, encouragement and advice and turning to stone when someone else entered the scene. The only visitor had been his guardian, Dom Claude Frollo (Mark Jacoby) until his curiosity and awakening love for the beautiful and fiery gypsy, Esmeralda, played by Lesli Marguerita, gives him the courage to leave his bell tower prison for the first time, resulting in tragic circumstances.


(John McGinty and Lesli Marguerita)


Captain Phoebus de Martin (Eric Kunze) is the dashing soldier who also falls in love with Esmeralda and he is a reluctant partner with Quasimodo who insists on rescuing her from the wrath of Frollo. It was so much fun seeing Eric in this role, skillfully brandishing a sword and singing sweet love to Esmeralda in the duet, “In a Place of Miracles”. Eric has a talent for instantly switching from humor, to bravado, to ardor and he wears his heart on his sleeve.


                                                    (John McGinty and Jim Hogan)

Unlike many other musicals, this is a group effort and every single cast member is instrumental, most wearing different hats throughout, such as the brilliant Keith Beardon as King Louis XI, as well as a monk, a gypsy, and who knows how many other parts as well. Each person is perfectly cast and they work together as a finely tuned machine, each important in their own way.

For me, the most brilliant touch was at the beginning and the end. (For those of you who haven't seen the show and are planning to see it in La Mirada, this is a SPOILER alert!) Glenn has John walk onto the stage as himself. He is a good looking man and it is hard to imagine him as the ugly monster Quasimodo is supposed to be. As he is helped into a makeshift vest which contains the hump and ties it around his waist, he bends down, musses his hair, assumes a bent posture and distorts one side of his face to complete the transformation. At the end of the show, the hump vest is removed and he is John again. The best part for me was at the end of the bows, to thunderous applause, when John opens his arms to Jim Hogan and they have a joyous embrace. It was truly a magical moment, one which I had the privilege to enjoy for five performances last week.



                                                             (Eric, Lesli and John)



                                                         (Maggi and Eric)

Sending my sincere thanks to the entire cast and crew for one of the most memorable theater experiences of my life. There have been many professional rave reviews online and in the media, which I shall be posting in the days to come.




Saturday, August 13, 2016



From BroadwayWorld Austin:  "After a record number of voters in more than 70 regions worldwide, BroadwayWorld is very excited to announce the 2015 Austin winners!"

Best Leading Actor in a Touring Production
Eric Kunze -Disney's The Little Mermaid - Broadway in Austin

Best Featured Actor in a Touring Production
Fred Inkley- Disney's The Little Mermaid- Broadway in Austin

Best Featured Actress in a Touring Production
Jennifer Allen-Disney's The Little Mermaid- Broadway in Austin


Best Leading Actress in a Touring Production
Alison Woods- Disney's The Little Mermaid - Broadway in Austin

Congratulations, Eric and the excellent cast and crew!



Austin Award Winners Announced

Friday, August 12, 2016

Next up: Hunchback in Sacramento and LaMirada







Don't miss Eric as Captain Phoebus August 23-28 at Sacramento Music Circus, and September 15-October 9th at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts!

Written by Victor Hugo (Les Miserables) and published in 1831, the theme revolves around Hugo's love of the architecture of Notre Dame Cathedral and is one of the first novels to have beggars as protagonists.  The name Quasimodo has become synonymous with "a courageous heart beneath a grotesque exterior." Combining Hugo's unparalleled storytelling talents with Mencken and Schwartz's music at the beautiful Music Circus venue (not to mention seeing Eric perform a role new and unique for him) will be an experience not to be missed. An interesting tidbit: the role of Quasimodo will be played by John McGinty, a Deaf actor, who is connected to Eric through their work on the musical in development, "Brindlebeast", written by Anita Riggio.
If you will be in Sacramento and want to meet up, please let me know. I will be there all week.
So excited!
Maggi   (
maggiwun@yahoo.com)
To whet your appetite, here is a clip from a 2015 Papermill Playhouse production: 

Get your tickets: (Sacramento) here
 (La Mirada) here

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Eric to join "Les Mis" Co-Star Lea Salonga for International Premier of "Fun Home" in Manila in November

photo credit Margaret Wunschl 2016

"Fun Home", winner of five Tony awards, is set to make it's international premiere in November at the Carlos P. Ramulo Auditorium in Manila.  Eric will join Lea Salonga, his co-star in Les Miserables (he played Marius to her Eponine in 1993 on Broadway.)  They have appeared together since in concert venues, but not in a musical.  The production will be directed by renowned director Bobby Garcia, who serves as Artistic Director of Viva Atlantis Theatricals and has worked in film, television and stage. More news and ticket information will be posted as soon as they become available.

Broadway, 1993

Eric and Lea with Alain Boublil in "Do You Hear the People Sing?", Montreal, 2012

photo credit Margaret Wunschl 2016

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Little Mermaid at La Mirada

As the La Mirada tour winds down, here is a summary of the successful run of Glenn Casale's reimagining of Disney's "The Little Mermaid".  Reviews have been very favorable of this dream cast, including Eric:


 "Of course, for every Disney Princess there’s also a Disney Prince, and Eric Kunze is as dashing as they come as “Prince Eric”. First Act declaration, “Her Voice” is introspective and hypnotic—and shows off the brilliant intensity of his own voice, while his solo “On Step Closer” is a sweet courtship through dance, as Eric acknowledges a deeper connection to this unusual—and silent—girl."
Read more...

"Kunze has a fine, Broadway musical theater tenor, and his Prince Eric is gracious and pure-hearted."
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The theater has been packed every night and adults and children exit with smiles on their faces, having been welcomed into a watery fantasy world for 1-1/2 hours.  The oohs and aahs start when the curtain goes up to reveal the mermaid Ariel gracefully swimming behind the gauzy scrim.