Friday, December 13, 2013

2013 Music Theatre Grad Heading to Broadway

Another graduate from BW’s music theatre program has landed in a big Broadway production. Chris McCarrell ’13 is joining the cast ensemble of the Broadway revival of LES MISERABLES. According to, the production will start in March 2014 at the Imperial Theatre.

During his time at BW, McCarrell portrayed Mark in RENT and Young Ben in FOLLIES. He was also featured outside BW in Cain Park’s productions of SWEENEY TODD (as Anthony) and NEXT TO NORMAL at the Beck Center for the Arts.

That spring performance at the Beck produced a rave (and prophetic) review from Plain Dealer critic Andrea Simakis: "In his signature, show-stopping number "I'm Alive," the BW senior manages to channel the insatiable, selfish hunger of youth into a blast of pure vital energy. It feels as though, if hooked to a battery, he could power the world. That, in a word, is a star. Catch a glimpse of him now in the home skies, before he shoots to Broadway."

McCarrell's quick move to Broadway is the latest example of how students are developed in BW’s renowned music theatre department. Watch for up and coming talent as BW Music Theatre presents CARRIE at the Beck Center from February 7 to March 9, 2014.
Chris McCarrell as Young Ben in FOLLIES at BW November 2012