Graduate lands Broadway show

This month, Oklahoma City University added a 39th dancer to its list of Broadway performers — Kimberly Fauré, a 2010 dance performance graduate.

She will perform in Anything Goes, which will open April 7 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

I interviewed Fauré in January, when she was a stand-out student at Oklahoma City University, about her goal of making it to Broadway. Jo Rowan, chairman of the OCU dance department, said Fauré had “star quality.”

The following is a list of Broadway shows dancers of the OCU Ann Lacy School and American Dance and Arts Management have been featured in:

  1. Chicago
  2. RENT
  3. 42nd Street
  4. Gypsy
  5. Fosse
  6. The Producers
  7. La Cage aux Folles
  8. Crazy for You
  9. Mamma Mia
  10. Saturday Night Fever
  11. Fascinatin’ Rhythm
  12. Smokey Joe’s Cafe
  13. Tommy
  14. Show Boat
  15. Kiss of the Spiderwoman
  16. Boy from Oz
  17. Will Roger’s Follies
  18. Frogs
  19. Jerome Robbin’s Broadway
  20. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
  21. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
  22. A Chorus Line
  23. Wicked
  24. Sunset Blvd.
  25. Music Man
  26. Grease
  27. Hairspray
  28. Peter Pan
  29. Spamalot
  30. Phantom of the Opera
  31. You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
  32. Steel Pier
  33. Epic Proportions
  34. On the Town
  35. Civil War
  36. Guys and Dolls
  37. Hello, Dolly

** Information cited from the 2006 “42nd St. and Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management” document. This list doesn’t include dancers featured in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

Singer/songwriter needs votes for Ingrid Michaelson competition

Arielle O'Keefe, commercial music composition freshman

Update 4/9: Arielle O’Keefe was selected by Ingrid Michaelson to perform live with the artist. Michaelson chose O’Keefe as a grand prize winner for her “great technique and beautiful voice.”

Update 4/8: O’Keefe received enough votes to place her in the top five. The winner will be announced Thursday, April 8 and will be chosen by Michaelson.

A student is asking for “everybody’s” votes.

Arielle O’Keefe, commercial music composition freshman, is in the top 10 for Ingrid Michaelson‘s Everybody video contest. The video entry with the most votes will be invited to perform with Michaelson at one of her concerts.

“I’m hoping to win,” she said. “I need to be in the top five. Right now I’m in second.”

O’Keefe said her video was the first to break 2,000 votes on Sunday, April 4. Her video was among the top 10 highest viewed entries on Monday, March 29, placing O’Keefe in the finals with 10 other entries and one wildcard video.

Exclusive interview & live performance:

The winner of the contest will be chosen from the top five videos by Michaelson and announced Friday, April 9. Voting for the will be ongoing until Thursday evening.

To vote for O’Keefe and to receive a free download of Michaelson’s Everybody, released on August 25, 2009, click here. O’Keefe’s entry is video No. 8.

More videos by O’Keefe, including an original song titled Used to You, can be viewed at her YouTube channel site. O’Keefe’s Everybody entry video can be viewed here.

“Music is the only thing I know will consistently be a part of my life,” O’Keefe said.