EXCLUSIVE: Kristin Chenoweth (Schmigadoon!), Kenny Ortega (Julie and the ghosts) and Monarch Media producers Alan Powell, Steve Barnett and Vicky Patel join for the docuseries. 1300 miles to Broadway. Inspired by Chenoweth’s Broadway Bootcamp, the series introduces 8th-12th graders to the world of performing arts through masterclasses in acting, singing, and dancing, and embarks on an emotional journey with them as they prepare for a future as artists.
Chenoweth launched Broadway Bootcamp at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center in her Oklahoma hometown of Broken Arrow in 2015 to give talented local kids a taste of true Broadway talent by working with them one-on-one. She brought in Broadway director, actor and producer Richard Jay-Alexander four years ago to strengthen the program. All editions of the camp have been face-to-face with the exception of 2021, which took place virtually in the midst of the pandemic, with the participation of children from 33 states and 8 countries.
This year, Chenoweth hosts two groups of students from around the world for its one-of-a-kind camps, held at the Center for the Performing Arts’ Kristin Chenoweth Theater, and has secured the participation of world-class artists and teachers. from Broadway, television and film, including this year’s camp director Ortega, as well as musical director and Broadway director Mary Mitchell Campbell, actor and musician Jordan Fisher, Kevin Chamberlin, Faith Prince, Owen Patrick Joyner, Booboo Stewart, Madison Reyes and Academy, Grammy and Tony Award-winning lyricist Stephen Schwartz.
Over the course of a week at camp, the series documents life-changing breakthroughs and friendships. Highlights of the camp include students taking part in master classes with Chenoweth and other top professionals, including Schwartz and Chenoweth’s vocal coach, Celeste Simone. Week-long camps for 13-15 and 16-18 year olds culminate in an emotional and entertaining live performance between students and teachers.
Michael Orland, Nate Patten and Cynthia Kortman Westphal serve as music directors and vocal coaches for the camp, with Tyler Hanes, Kelly Devine, Paul Becker, Deidre Goodwin, Kaitlyn Frank and Alif Sankey serving as choreographers. Simone leads the voice training, with Faith Prince, Lara Teeter, Zak Barnett and Kevin Chamberlin serving as acting coaches.
Ortega directs and executive produces the series alongside Chenoweth, Powell, Barnett and Patel, with Paul Becker, Scott Lochmus, Louanne Madorma and Kim Vento serving as producers. Monarch will bring the project to market.
Chenoweth says that with Broadway Bootcamp, he wanted to “inspire young people from all over the world,” having achieved that goal over the course of the last seven years. “It shows you, no matter where you’re from, that if you do the job, you can do it,” he told Deadline. “My main goal at camp is to inspire, which is easy when you work with the likes of Kenny Ortega, Paul Becker, Louanne Madorma and Kim Vento. With the help of Monarch Media’s Alan Powell, Steve Barnett and Vicky Patel, audiences will now be able to see what makes the KCBBC experience so magical.”
“The joy I have felt working alongside Kristin and our Broadway Boot Camp team has filled my heart with an unforgettable life and creative experience. The love, imagination, and aspirational energy that the children and faculty brought to camp each day seem to lift us off the ground. The music, the laughter, the advances and the personal transformations were life changing,” said Ortega. “I am so grateful to Kristin for inviting me to be this year’s Camp & Documentary Director and the production and investment support from our partners at Monarch. She has put me in that creative space that I live by.
“We share the pleasure of working with young people, providing them with a non-judgmental atmosphere to grow as artists, providing them with education, experience and the tools to possess the self-confidence necessary to pursue a career in the performing arts. We look forward to sharing this special and unique camping experience with the world and especially with all Dreamers.” “My favorite thing is ‘discovery’ and this documentary and camp is packed with it! Careers will be born from this camp!”
“We will root for these kids as we see them walk into the theater on the first day, watching them in workshops, classes and rehearsals in dance, acting, improvisation and music,” Monarch Media’s Powell added. “Families join the kids for the grand finale of the bootcamp concert and it’s an incredibly special time.”
Chenoweth is an Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor and singer who co-stars in Apple TV+’s Emmy-winning musical comedy series. Schmigadoon!, which has been renewed for a second season. She recently starred alongside Stephan James and JK Simmons in the STXfilms sports drama. National Championsalso starring in the Netflix movie Holidays. Other notable credits include raising mallows, the west wing, HappinessDisney Decendents and theatrical performances including Kristin Chenoweth: For the girls, in the 20th century Y Evil. Other recent releases from the multi-screenwriter include his first illustrated book What will I do with my love today and the holiday album HAPPINESS is… Christmas!.
Ortega is an Emmy and DGA award-winning director, producer, and choreographer whose credits include the Netflix series Julie and the ghosts, from Disney high school musical franchise, Hocus Pocus, newsthe michael jackson documentary That is alland many world events, concerts and theater productions.
Monnarch’s Barnett, Powell and Patel are currently in post-production at something herea musical formerly known as Untitled Florida Georgia Line Project, and are preparing to shoot road to bethlehemwhich will be led by The promAdam Anders’ producer and executive music producer. They are currently developing a new English version of the film in Spanish. The list, by the director Álvaro Díaz Lorenzo. The above credits include the Netflix feature. a week away.
Chenoweth is represented by CAA, 3 Arts Entertainment and Schreck Rose Dapello; Ortega by McDonald Selznick Associates and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller