Monday, March 31, 2014

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Beth Leavel

Artist:Beth Leavel
Song:As We Stumble Along
Album:The Drowsy Chaperone: Original Broadway Cast Recording

Beth Leavel is a Broadway performer who won a Tony award for her performance in the 2006 musical The Drowsy Chaperone. As We Stumble Along is her big number in the show. She was born Nov. 1, 1955 in Raleigh, NC. She earned a graduate theater degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1980. In the 90s, she appeared on Broadway in shows like Crazy for You, Show Boat and The Civil Wars. But her big break came when she starred as Beatrice Stockwell in the 2006 show The Drowsy Chaperone and won a Tony award. The Drowsy Chaperone is a show within a show musical created by Toronto based actor and director Don McKellar. He thought it would be fun to write a spoof of old musicals. McKellar wrote the book with partner Bob Martin and the songs were written by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison. The show had several runs in Toronto before it opened on Broadway in 2006. It ran for a year and a half and won several Tony awards. Beth Leavel has since appeared in musicals like Young Frankenstein and Mamma Mia. She also had a long run in Elf The Musical and she was nominated for a Tony for starring as Florence Greenberg in the musical Baby, It's You. She is currently headlining her own show at the New York club 54 Below. Here's Beth Leavel performing As We Stumble Along on the 2007 Tony Awards broadcast. This video includes her acceptance speech.

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