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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Watch “Les Miz” Tour Preston Truman Boyd's Performance of 'Stars'

Preston Truman Boyd
2004 Donna Reed Scholar
Vocal and Musical Theatre

Donna Reed Award Recipient

Preston Truman Boyd is currently on the road playing Inspector Javert on the national tour of Les Misérables. The production recently closed a three-day run at the Orpheum Theatre in Omaha the latter part of January.

Boyd’s Broadway credits include Kiss Me, Kate, The Play That Goes Wrong, Sunset Boulevard, She Loves Me, One the Twentieth Century, Bullets Over Broadway and Big Fish.

Boyd was a 2004 Donna Reed National Scholarship recipient in both Vocal Music and Musical Theatre.

Read the Broadway.com article and watch his performance of “Stars.”


Signature Theatre’s “A Chorus Line” Earns 9 Helen Hayes Award Nominations

Ben Gunderson
2005 Scholar  - Musical Theatre

Donna Reed Scholarship recipient among nominees

Signature Theatre’s A Chorus Line received nine Helen Hayes Award nominations, including Outstanding Musical, Direction, and Ensemble, in the Hayes category (for predominantly Equity productions).

Ben Gunderson (2005 Donna Reed National Award Recipient in Musical Theater) is nominated as a member of the best-ensemble nominee “A Chorus Line” by Signature Theatre. He is originally from Moorhead, MN.

Helen Hayes Awards recognizing excellence in theater in the Washington, D.C., area.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Charles Fuller's "A Soldier’s Play" Opens on Broadway January 21

Jared Grimes
2001 Donna Reed Scholarship in Dance

Cast includes Donna Reed Scholarship Recipient

Roundabout Theatre Company celebrates the official opening of A Soldier's Play, Charles Fuller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, on Broadway January 21. A Soldier's Play follows an officer's race against his white leadership to unravel the crime of a black sergeant's murder. A hair-raising mystery set in 1944, the play is seen on Broadway for the first time.

Included in the cast is Jared Grimes who is cast as “Private Tony Smalls.” Grimes was a 2001 Donna Reed national scholarship recipient in dance. He made his choreography debut in Cirque Du Soleil's, Banana Shpeel off-broadway, He has choreographed the musical Holler If You Hear Me with Kenny Leon, 42nd Street at Drury Lane Chicago with Michael Heitzman, and The Scottsboro Boys with Joe Calarco at the Signature Theater in DC.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

“The Rookie” Adds Once Upon a Time’s Mekia Cox

Mekia Cox
1999 Donna Reed Scholarship finalist

1999 Donna Reed Scholarship finalist - Musical Theatre

Once Upon a Time princess Mekia Cox is returning to ABC. Cox, whose additional TV credits include Chicago Med, Secrets and Lies, Impastor and 90210, will play Nyla Harper, an LAPD detective who after four years of undercover work practically misplaced herself. Now, Nyla is hoping to seek out normalcy once more as she takes on the function of John Nolan’s new coaching officer.