This Week on Broadway for November 15, 2015: Telly Leung


James Marino, Michael Portantiere, Carey Purcell, and Matt Tamanini chat with Telly Leung. We review Misery, On Your Feet, Henry IV, Shear Madness, Thérèse Raquin, and Cinderella on Tour. Matt talks about Grease Live, The Wiz Live!, and Oscar Contending films with theatre stars released this week.




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Guest: Telly Leung

Telly Leung 2015, Photo Credit - Leon Le Photography

Telly Leung 2015, Photo Credit – Leon Le Photography


TELLY LEUNG made his Broadway debut in the 2002 revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song opposite Lea Salonga, followed by the Roundabout Theater Company revival of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Pacific Overtures. Telly starred in the final Broadway cast of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent, which was filmed for DVD release. In the 2011 revival of Godspell, his version of “All Good Gifts” was praised as “magnificent” by New York Magazine, “superb” by The Philadelphia Inquirer, and “a standout” by Bloomberg News.

On Fox TV’s ”Glee,” Leung was featured as a member of the Dalton Academy Warblers opposite Darren Criss. When he recreated his portrayal of “Angel” in Rent at the Hollywood Bowl – directed by Neil Patrick Harris – he was called “vibrant” by the Los Angeles Times, “stunning” by the Orange County Register and praised for his “sweet, clear tenor” by Variety. Telly also originated the role of Boq in the Chicago production of the smash hit Wicked and has performed in concert and shows at venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Hippodrome in London, Birdland Jazz Club and 54 Below in New York, Paper Mill Playhouse, Philadelphia Theater Company, Ford’s Theater, and more.

He served as producer for the short film Grind, starring Anthony Rapp (If/Then, Rent), Claire Coffee (“Grimm,” “The West Wing”) and Pasha Pellosie (“The Carrie Diaries”). The movie, which won honors at film festivals around the country, is available to stream The soundtrack is available on Yellow Sound Label. Telly is also the co-producer of the touring concert series “Broadway Back Together,” a reunion of major headliners who have performed on Broadway together, sharing an evening of personal backstage anecdotes and show-stopping music.



Telly Leung – Songs For You



Jay Kuo on his score for the Broadway musical ALLEGIANCE w/Lea Salonga, George Takei & More

Allegiance || First Look



CP: Misery @ Broadhurst Theatre, 235 West 44th Street

MP + CP + JM: On Your Feet, Marquis Theatre, 1535 Broadway

CP: Henry IV @ St Ann’s Warehouse, 45 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, through December 6, 2015

— “I Was Fed Up” — The 180-Degree Decision to Stage Shakespeare With Only Women by Carey Purcell
(Interview with Phyllida Lloyd about Henry IV)

– See more at:

— ‘Hamilton’ creator would love women to play the founding fathers by Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY

Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center, 29 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

MP: Shear Madness @ New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street

CP: Thérèse Raquin @ Studio 54, 254 West 54th Street, through January 3, 2016




Television with Matt Tamanini: 

Additional Grease Live Casting

The Wiz Live! – Shanice Williams and Stephanie Mills Sing “Home” (Digital Exclusive)

Oscar Contending films with theatre stars released this week



MT: Cinderella Tour Review @ Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (Orlando, FL)



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