The Broadway Dreams Foundation has been training musical theater stars of tomorrow for years, and its latest project is a revival of a short-lived Broadway musical about kids coming of age. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.
What if "The Me Nobody Knows" became the Broadway revival everyone knew? It could happen.
"There's something about youth," says Taye Diggs, choreographer for the Broadway Dreams Foundation. "When they get together and they sing, it's very emotional."
This rock musical was groundbreaking when in premiered on Broadway in 1970. It took the hopes and dreams of poor disadvantaged New York City students and set their writings to a popular score.
Now, the Broadway Dreams Foundation, with the talent and star power of Taye Diggs as choreographer and Stafford Arima as director, is giving its young students a chance to perform this cult favorite as part of its mission to give young people across the U.S. access to high-level musical theater training.
"I think what most amazed me about the material was the fact that it, to this day, kind of stands the test of time," Arima says.
For Diggs, working with young people means experimenting with their raw talents.
"I really want to see, you know, how their bodies move, period, and then, how their bodies move to this music, how their bodies react to what they're saying," he says.
For the students, it's already a dream come true.
"It inspires me. It helps me out a lot," says student Jordan Samuels. "Even in rehearsals, they may say things that I never thought about."
"When I'm on stage, it's the one time when I feel like I'm in the right place, and I know that there's no other place that I should be," says student Sam Faulkner.
The Broadway Dreams Foundation will continue to workshop this only slightly updated version here in New York this summer, with the hopes of eventually bringing it back to the Great White Way. In the meantime, many Broadway Dreams alums have already made to Broadway. More are sure to follow.