Wednesday, October 12, 2016
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 at the
is the most awarded and acclaimed musical of 2015, 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. 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, 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
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.
(John McGinty and Jim Hogan)
(Eric, Lesli and John)
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!"
Austin Award Winners Announced
Friday, August 12, 2016
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.
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
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
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:
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.
Friday, June 10, 2016
We are excited to see Eric play Phoebus de Martin in Sacramento in August and September 16-October 9th in La Mirada. (See previous post for ticket information).
A powerhouse cast has been assembled by director Casale for the season finale. John McGinty, who makes his Music Circus debut as Quasimodo, has played Billy, the deaf member of a dysfunctional speaking family, in “Tribes” with the Guthrie Theater, Everyman Theater and Steppenwolf Theatre Company. McGinty was also in Deaf West Theatre’s production of “Pippin.” The elegant Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita returns to Music Circus as the gypsy Esmeralda. Margherita was recently on Broadway in “Dames at Sea.” Eric Kunze, last seen here at Broadway Sacramento as the Prince in “The Little Mermaid,” plays Phoebus de Martin. Though based on the 1996 Disney film version of the story, “Hunchback” is darker and closer to the original novel in tone. The creative heavyweights are James Lapine, who wrote the book, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Though highly regarded in Europe, this musical version has had few American runs.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
NEW CITY AND DATES ADDED!
Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz,Directed by Glenn Casale
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Broadway's Best Celebrate "Les Mis" and "Miss Saigon" Composers
|Eric Kunze, New York Pops Conductor Steven Reineke, Robert Marien|
|Eric Kunze, Les Miserables lyricist Alain Boublil|
|Lea Salonga, Eric Kunze|
|1993 Les Miserables with Eric Kunze (Marius), Lea Salonga (Eponine), Rachel York (Fantine)|
"Bring Him Home" with four Valjeans: John Owen-Jones, Eric Kunze, Robert Marien & Hugh Panaro. #NYPopsGala #LesMiz pic.twitter.com/KWH0o5mpXf— Niña (@nkny) May 3, 2016
Friday, March 18, 2016
Thursday, March 10, 2016
As "The Little Mermaid" continues in Dallas and then goes on to Ft. Worth, glowing reviews are pouring in. Here are just a few:
"The role of Prince Eric is expertly performed by Eric Kunze, who even looks like the charming Disney prince, with his costume and hairstyling. His ethereal voice resonates so sweetly, it’s no wonder Ariel falls for him! Kunze first captures the prince’s vitality as he expounds on the glories of a life at sea, chasing the voice on the wind. Then, he brings a gentle warmth to his scenes with Ariel, as he teaches her how to communicate through dance. "
Read more here:
Dallas Morning News
"Alison Woods’ radiant Ariel and Eric Kunze’s magnetic Prince Eric headline a superlative cast that sings, dances and “swims” the delectably hummable score from Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, as fins flap silently against a rippling ocean backdrop."
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