Edge Media Network: Talking with Benjamin Rauhala: ‘Broadway Princess Party’s’ Fairy Godfairy
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Brush off your tiara and unleash your inner princess with Broadway’s original Cinderella, Belle and Jasmine.
Benjamin Rauhala, music director and self-described “Fairy Godfairy,” is bringing four Broadway knockout voices to the stage for an extraordinary night of magic and music. Entitled “Broadway Princess Party,” it is currently touring venues throughout the country, including Boston’s Berklee Performance Center on Friday, September 14. For the full list of dates, visit the event’s Facebook page.
The show is hosted by two-time, Tony-nominated star Laura Osne (Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella”) and her own “Fairy Godfairy,” Benjamin Rauhala (musical director extraordinaire). The evening also stars the multitalented Susan Egan (Tony-nominated for Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” and voice of Meg in the Disney animated feature “Hercules”), Courtney Reed (the original Broadway Jasmine in Disney’s “Aladdin”), and special guest Adam J. Levy (recently in the new musical “Dave” at DC’s Arena Stage) as the show’s Prince of the Night.
EDGE spoke to Rauhala for a conversation about the show.
How did the show come about?
EDGE: At what age did you want to become an entertainer?
Benjamin Rauhala: I was about 7 years old and I was taken to see “Beauty & the Beast” on Broadway with my family. I came home from that and I really wanted to play the piano. I would drape a blanket over two chairs and pretend I was playing along with the cast recording of “Beauty & the Beast.”
EDGE: What was the first Broadway show you saw?
Benjamin Rauhala: Although, I was bitten by the acting bug after seeing “Beauty & the Beast,” the first musical I that saw was “Carousel” at the Cape Playhouse when I was 5.
EDGE: Can you talk about the evolution of “Broadway Princess Party”?
Benjamin Rauhala: I was in Orlando with actor Jeremy Jordan doing some concerts and we had gone to the parks and I was kind of in a princess mood. Then while on my flight back to NYC, I was brainstorming concert ideas and out of nowhere I wrote down “Broadway Princess Party.” The idea came about because I had princesses on the brain. I put the idea in my back pocket and then Laura Osnes came to my birthday party two months later and I asked her if she would love to do a princess theme concert and she said sure and that was the beginning.
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