Last year I was on the rise; going on auditions, attending callbacks, and booking seasonal contracts. I was certain it would finally be my year for a big break... Little did I know that the COVID-19 pandemic would soon devastate my industry. By the end of March 2020 auditions came to a halt, my contracts were canceled, theaters around the country closed, and with a broken heart I watched the lights of Broadway go dark. As the weeks turned into months, I became overwhelmed with sadness. My goals I had been consistently pursuing now derailed, leaving a big question mark on the future. When the third extension to Broadway's shutdown was announced, it sent me spiraling. I was hit with the crushing reality that: "It's going to be a long time until I perform in a show again". I felt robbed thinking about where I should be versus where I unwillingly was. The thought of my career being stagnant while time moved forward left me feeling defeated until I reminded myself that: "I didn't get this far just to get this far." So, I decided to take control of what I could and stop letting disappointment rule my heart and the days pass me by.
Absolutely nothing can replace the rush of live theatre but with the help of two phenomenal accompanists (Bruce De La Cruz & Michael Gilch), we were able to create something I am proud to present. In this 9 part series, I will be singing selections from my top dream roles. This project has kept me motivated even on my darkest days and has given me a chance to step into the shoes of these magnificent characters. The future is still uncertain. I don't know when I’ll have the privilege of doing these shows, or any shows for that matter; however I do know that my career is not over, theatre is not dead, and the beautiful, irreplaceable joy of live performance will return stronger than ever! And I can't wait to be a part of it.
-Sarah Beth Andrews
Episode 1: Cinderella from Into the Woods
Featured Song: "On the Steps of the Palace"
Composer: Stephen Sondheim
Episode 2: Glinda from Wicked
Featured Song: "Popular"
Composer: Stephen Schwartz
Episode 3: Cathy from The Last 5 Years
Featured Song: "Summer in Ohio"
Composer: Jason Robert Brown
Christine Daae / Phantom of the Opera
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