NATCHITOCHES – Two Northwestern State theatre alumni recently wrapped up runs in Broadway shows.
Correy West was a member of the cast of the musical comedy “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” which had its final performance last weekend. Colin Trahan was part of the cast of “Jersey Boys” earlier this spring.
Trahan was a swing cast member and was asked to play one of six parts in “Jersey Boys.” On a given night, he may have portrayed a member of the Four Seasons, one of two principal cast members or be part of the ensemble. Trahan was familiar with the show as he was in the cast of “Jersey Boys,” in San Francisco, at the Palazzo in Las Vegas and on tour.
“I thought about the teachers and those who helped me along the way,” said Trahan. “It’s the goal of every kid in American theatre to make it to Broadway. I was thrilled and thankful for the opportunity.”
Trahan lives in Los Angeles, performing improv comedy and occasionally appearing on the daytime drama General Hospital. He is also working with a production company planning to release a series of short films on the Internet each week.
“I was really excited to start. I let the company know it was a big deal for me to be there,” said Trahan.
Trahan has appeared in “West Side Story,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Anything Goes,” “Cyrano De Bergerac,” and “She Loves Me.” He was in the national touring companies of “George M!,” “Oklahoma!”, “The Will Rogers Follies” and “The Producers.”
An alumnus of the Louisiana Scholars’ College, Trahan recently visited Northwestern State for a talk as part of the 25th anniversary of the Scholars’ College and to conduct a workshop for theatre and dance students.
“Nice Work If You Can Get It” was West’s second Broadway show. He was in the cast of the revival of “South Pacific.” West was in the national touring companies of “42nd Street” and the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular.” He was in the New York productions of “Lunch,” “Kiss Me Kate,” “Guys and Dolls” and “Paint Your Wagon.”
Northwestern State alumnus Donald Jones Jr. was cast in Aladdin, which will open on Broadway in March 2014. Terry Lavell was on Broadway in “La Cage aux Folles” and was also in the show’s national tour.