Electric Youth kicked off Franklin Performing Arts Company’s second annual Broadway In Franklin weekend on Friday, March 27, with two shows at THE BLACK BOX featuring hits by Adele, The Beatles, Imagine Dragons, Jason Mraz, Frank Sinatra, Styx and many more. The Broadway In Franklin event featured the extraordinarily talented Sara Jean Ford and Tyler Hanes. The Broadway guest artists led a series of musical theater master classes on March 28 at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) that included dance workshops and coaching on song interpretation. A Broadway Revue at THE BLACK BOX capped off the weekend. Sara Jean Ford and Tyler Hanes headlined the revue with show-stopping numbers from the Great White Way. The show also featured appearances by young musical theater students and by Electric Youth.
Sara Jean Ford starred as Christine Daaé in Broadway's The Phantom of the Opera, with additional Broadway credits including How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, A Little Night Music and Finian's Rainbow. She starred off Broadway as Luisa in The Fantasticks. National tours include Wicked (Glinda/Nessarose cover) and The Phantom of the Opera (Christine Daaé). Sara Jean Ford can be heard on Michael Jackson’s HIStory album, Harry Connick Jr.’s When My Heart Finds Christmas, and the revival cast recordings of Finian’s Rainbow and The Fantasticks.
Tyler Hanes' numerous Broadway credits include A Chorus Line (Larry), Hairspray (Fender, Link Larkin), Sweet Charity (Charlie), The Frogs with Nathan Lane, The Boy from Oz with Hugh Jackman, Urban Cowboy and Oklahoma! (Jake). National tours include Fosse (first national) and The Will Rogers’ Follies (Will Rogers, Jr.). Broadway cast recordings include The Boy from Oz, The Frogs, Sweet Charity and A Chorus Line.
Proceeds from Broadway In Franklin weekend support Electric Youth’s 2015 European summer concert tour and EY’s mission to give back through musical performance, education and ambassadorship. Many thanks to Sara Jean Ford and Tyler Hanes!