Stories & Cast Interviews

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Sandy Rosenberg returns as Consuelo in On Your Feet!

Posted by: Pia Haas on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

 I grew up in Brooklyn NY. First generation American. My grandma lived with us.  Very old school. I am a proud product of the NYC Public school system and I attended Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY.

Being the youngest of 3, you try to find your own place in the hierarchy. I could always make people laugh so getting that reaction probably sowed the seeds of a career in entertainment. 

I believe I've always wanted to perform…from singing ‘RED RED ROBIN’ on top of a piano in the Catskills at age 5 to imitating TV commercials, to school plays. At synagogue, around 6th grade, I did move into the role of Tevye from Yente in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF when Tevye had too much homework.  I was also the Fiddler as I took 50 cent violin lessons every Tuesday.  We also did THE SOUND OF MUSIC at the temple but because it was an orthodox temple, they rewrote history and there were no nuns….and I, as the rabbi’s wife sang CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN….and Maria became Miriam…it could happen.

I first heard of On Your Feet as it was getting ready to open on Broadway. There were a lot of interviews with the Estefans. I Never did this show before.  I Love listening to the glorious music. It just makes you happy.  

This is probably my 6th show here at WBT.  I played Sister Mary Lazarus in Sister Act. I was Carlotta in PHANTOM twice, I performed in one of the Christmas shows, and played Flo Manero in Saturday Night Fever. I Love the people who work at WBT. It feels like a family after all these years.

I’ve been going to the theatre since I was 5…. there are too many favorite shows to mention or even think about.  SWEENEY TODD is one of my favorite shows…. along with CANDIDE, HAMILTON, MAME….) Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd is a dream role but I don’t think I have the energy for it anymore. 

When not on stage, I love to cook, travel, do photography…rest, and play with my dog.

 

Monday, June 10, 2019

Meet Lauren Cosio in ON YOUR FEET

Posted by: Pia Haas on Monday, June 10, 2019 at 12:00:00 pm Comments (0)

Lauren plays Rebecca Fajardo, Gloria's younger sister in On Your Feet. She makes her Westchester Broadway Theatre debut! 

I grew up in San Antonio, TX to a Mexican/Israeli family. My mom's family is from Mexico and my father was born in Israel but grew up in South America. The Latin culture was a big part of my upbringing. I grew up listening to a lot of Gloria Estefan

When I was in the 6th grade, I was accidentally placed in choir. For years before that, I was a pianist and had no idea I could even sing. Once I started I couldn’t stop! A few months later, I was cast in my first musical Bye, Bye, Birdie and the rest was history. I guess you could say I got the theater bug!

I first saw this show in 2015 when it opened on Broadway along with a few more times before it closed. I grew up listening to Gloria Estefan, so this show always had a special place in my heart. I love how inspiring this show is. You see the struggles Gloria went through and how she never gave up. I also love the community it creates. Whether you are a part of the Latin community or not, this show will have you dancing and up on your feet by the end! 

On Your Feet is definitely one of my favorite shows! My dream role will always be Christine in Phantom of the Opera. It was the first show I ever saw on Broadway and the reason I pursued this career! 

I grew up with all different styles of music and definitely have an appreciating for everything. My favorite, however, is definitely some 80’s pop/rock!  

I am a huge foodie, so when I’m not on stage, you can definitely find me trying all the new restaurants in NYC! 

 

 

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Meet Byron St. Cyr as Jose Fajardo in ON YOUR FEET!

Posted by: Lauren Silverstein on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

 

I was born in New Orleans but began moving around the country at the age of four. Every time a work promotion came the family usually had to move. Between then and now I’ve lived in Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Florida, and Arizona (twice). I think moving like we did actually made it easier for me to make the bold choice to move to New York City. 

I actually was planning on becoming a professional saxophone player. But there always seemed to be some level of expression missing. It wasn’t until I did a summer high school drama program at NYU that I realized that acting could be a profession and that I could bring together my love for music and movement along with it. I’ve had so many wonderful teachers along the way. My high school drama teacher, James Fountain, gave me the confidence to move out here. Dorothy Stone took me under her wing and was my vocal mentor through my NYU days. I’m forever thankful for her pushing me to have that classical foundation because “If you can sing Mozart you can sing anything.” And most recently Diane Laurenson who’s dance class reminded me what I loved about performing after I had spent a long stretch away from the stage. It’s taken a lot of amazing teachers and mentors to get me to this point. 

I learned about On Your Feet when it came to Broadway as I had a friend in the original cast. This is my first time doing the show but I grew up listening to Gloria Estefan’s music. I have two favorite moments in the show. First Mi Tierra because I mean the song is an all time favorite of mine. I used to listen to that album on repeat. My other favorite is “When Someone Walks into Your Life”. It’s a moment that is all heart. 

This is my first time at WBT. I have to say the group of people brought together to make this show a reality is the best. The cast and crew work so hard and still have fun. It makes the hard work go faster because everyone is giving their all. 

It’s soo hard to choose my favorite show honestly. I’m currently in love with Hadestown. The Pulitzer Prize winning play Fairview shook my world last year. Pippin. The leading player is one of my dreams. That and Valentin in Kiss of the Spider Woman. 

I love reading. Taking in art of all forms. Nothing feeds me more than seeing other work that inspires me. I also enjoy a good lazy afternoon with a little tv. It’s good to slow down once in a while and I’m not so good at it haha.

I listen to a wide variety of music. Been delving into a lot of the soul music I grew up listening to as I start piecing together another cabaret concert. And a lot of jazz... Ella, Sammy, Sarah Vaughan, the greats.  

 

 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Meet Jose Luaces as Emilio Estefan in ON YOUR FEET!

Posted by: Serena Samzeemoi on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

I grew up in Miami, Florida. My sister and I are first generation Cuban American. Growing up in such a melting pot like Miami really gave me a love for diversity and sharing in others cultures. At home we speak Spanglish! Whatever word comes out fastest in either language is used. I started singing in church choir then got bitten by the theatre bug shortly after. If theatre didn’t come into my life I would probably be in marine science.

I can trace each individual experience that put me on the track I’m on today. I remember my friend in 6th grade who asked me to join him and audition for the school choir. Then I remember the other friend who made me accompany her for the high school musical auditions. It’s those simple moments that change the course of life. 

I love telling stories and if they have a joke even better. Feeling an audience’s energy is exhilarating. Each audience is different, making each performance different and unique and special for that exact moment in time. 

My high school drama teacher Mr. Jimmy Puig would always say “do your best and damn the rest”. That saying holds true in sooo many aspects of life. Fun fact the amazing Maria Bilbao who plays Gloria in the show also went to my high school in Miami, Coral Reef Senior High.

A friend of mine had done an early developmental reading of this show before it went to Broadway. I auditioned for the ensemble for the pre-broadway tryout but it didn’t work out. I had always had my eye on this story because it hits very close to home for me. Like the Estefan’s, my entire family also emigrated from Cuba.  You hear so many parallel stories about how different people came to this country but really every family has those stories even if it’s dating back generations. 

I had never done the show before but I remember seeing the excellent actor Josh Segarra play Emilio on Broadway and wanting to do that role when the time was right. My favorite moment in the show is where we are in an airport and you see Emilio watch himself in a flashback scene the day he left Cuba. The way this scene is staged by the wonderful Donna Drake is magic.

This is my first show here WBT of what I hope to be many more. I enjoy the thrust stage because it allows you to be closer to the audience and to tell these stories more intimately. 

Playing Emilio is definitely a dream role. Others include the M.C. In Cabaret and Hedwig in Hedwig and The Angry Inch. 

My favorite shows tend to be plays. The best play I ever saw was August Osage County on Broadway. I don’t sit thru anything for 3 and a half hours but I was on the edge of my seat the entire time with that play. I also happened the see the Barrow Group's Our Town directed by David Cromer that same week and that moved me immensely, to the point that I called my parents at 11:30 pm right after the show and told them I loved them. Theatre has so much power to move people. 

I tend to do yoga frequently it helps me feel centered. If I had a yard I would definitely have a garden, for now, house plants are my outlet for that. I really enjoy trying interesting foods. Love diving into other cultures cuisine and finding the most authentic version of that in NYC.

My music taste is weird and too eclectic. Usually while walking around Manhattan I’ll be listening to the Edith Piaf station on Pandora. It makes New York have a little of that Parisian magic. Other times it’s on Nat King Cole station. I also love to Kiki with some House Music, or my recent find, artist Dayme Arocena, she’s an Afro Cuban Jazz singer.