Jai to host "Bravo On With The Show"
50 Students From Across the Country Have Won a Trip to New York City to Train
and Perform on Broadway
NEW YORK, April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Bravo, the premier network dedicated to
innovative arts and entertainment programming, announced today the selection
of 50 talented students (ages 10 to 17) from across the country as winners of
the ultimate prize in this year's "Bravo On With The Show" national contest.
These talented, aspiring actors and actresses are headed to New York City next
week to fulfill their dreams of performing on Broadway. Jai Rodriguez --
"Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" culture connoisseur and talented Broadway
actor, singer and dancer -- is hosting the event.
Rodriguez most recently starred as Zanna, the lead role in the
off-Broadway musical hit "Zanna, Don't!" and joined "Zanna, Don't!" after a
long-running turn on Broadway as Angel in Jonathan Larson's Tony Award-winning
This year's 50 winners will descend upon New York City the weekend of
April 24th where they will undergo three days of intense theatrical training
under the tutelage of professional Broadway actors, choreographers and
directors. During this time, they will all learn to sing, dance and act
various roles within a 60-minute production specially scripted for "Bravo On
With The Show" that incorporates elements from such celebrated musicals as
"Oklahoma," "West Side Story" and "42nd Street." The culmination of this
training will be a final performance the evening of April 26th in front of a
live audience at Broadway's famed Imperial Theatre.
In addition to sending these deserving youngsters to New York City,
$1,000 is being donated to each winner's school on behalf of Bravo and the
local cable operator to lend support to their educational arts programs. In
total, $50,000 will be donated to local schools and arts programs in 23 states
nationwide on behalf of Bravo and participating operators.
"Known for showcasing the finest and most innovative arts and
entertainment programming, Bravo is committed to promoting arts programs in
schools across the country," said Erica Conaty, Vice President, Bravo
Marketing for NBC Cable Networks. "'Bravo On With The Show' offers students a
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore and develop their theatrical skills
under the tutelage of Broadway professionals. We're proud to partner with
local cable operators to make this an annual event, bringing this educational
program to communities across the country."
Bravo also announced that, due to this year's overwhelming success, the
multi-award winning "Bravo On With The Show" national contest is now an annual
event -- with the second annual competition launching later this year.
Beginning September 1, 2004, students can enter the second annual "Bravo On
With The Show" contest by submitting a short entry form, including a
250-500-word essay, and teacher recommendation by the deadline on December 3,
2004. Judges will choose the finalists based on the quality of responses and
the strength of the teacher recommendations.
A multi-award winning campaign, "Bravo On With The Show" has received
three CTPAA Beacon awards and a National Education Association Standing
"Bravo On With The Show" is an original, arts education initiative created
by Bravo that seeks to raise the awareness of the positive impact of theater
participation on young people, while recognizing participants and supporters
who make a difference. "Bravo On With The Show" is a natural extension of
Bravo cable network's unique programming dedicated to film and the performing
arts. To learn more about this program, visit http://www.bravotv.com and click on
"On With The Show."
Bravo, an NBC Cable Network since December 2002, is currently seen in more
than 76 million homes and was launched in December 1980. Today, Bravo offers
innovative arts and entertainment programming with a unique point of view
featuring original series, feature films (both independent and mainstream),
theater, dance, music and documentaries. Bravo boasts critically acclaimed
original programming -- including "Inside the Actors Studio" hosted by James
Lipton, Emmy Award-winning "Cirque du Soleil Fire Within," the hit series
"Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" and "Celebrity Poker Showdown," as well as
the critically-acclaimed improvisational comedy series "Significant Others."
For more information visit http://www.bravotv.com.
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