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Posted on 10/04/2019
Aniyah McCoy

My Summer on Broadway



 Aniyah McCoy


At the end of last school year, I auditioned for Destination Broadway, a program which allows young students train in New York City as professional Broadway performers.  The program is run by Tiffany Haas, Glinda on WICKED, and her associates. Only 75 students from across the country were chosen to participate; I was fortunate to have been chosen. 

Rehearsal ran each day from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., but sometimes running over until 6:30 p.m. They divided us into four groups: pink, blue, orange, and purple. The pink and blue groups were for younger kids; orange was for singers who do not dance; and purple was for intermediate and advanced dancers and singers.  I was in the purple group. The purple group worked with Parker Esse, Broadway choreographer, and the original choreography for the show Fosse. We also worked with other choreographers from Broadway and met the cast of Frozen, WICKED, and Mean Girls.

Throughout the week, I worked closely with all of the staff and rehearsed my personal audition songs. I practiced This is Me from the Greatest Showman and Tomorrow from Annie. We were also able to attend the Broadway show, Frozen

At the end of the week, we performed for our parents and talent agents.  My group chose the Blackbird Dance and sang two songs: Human Heart and Ragtime. We were also allowed to sing a solo, duo, or trio at the performance. I sang in a trio along with two other girls, and we sang “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid

It was a very fun experience and it taught me a lot about the business. The opportunity also showed me what it will take for me to achieve my goal. I hope to go back next summer, because even though it was a lot of money, it was definitely worth it.

Aniyah McCoy Goes to Broadway