How do you know Todrick Hall?

Chances are you’ve seen Todrick Hall sometime in the past eight years and may not have even realized it. From season nine of American Idol, to the Virgin America pre-flight video, to over 403.5 million views of videos on his YouTube channel, you’ve probably seen Todrick around.

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At the Thrasher-Horne, we’ve known about Todrick for a while. Executive Director Denton Yockey remembers hiring him for one of his first stage gigs, long before his meteoric rise to fame had begun. When he was still a relative newcomer to show business, Denton cast a young Toddy as the Doormat in a Ft. Worth, Texas production of Beauty & the Beast. Now a full-fledged star, he owes much of his fame to people like Denton who took a chance on him early in life. As a result, Denton was able to reach out to Todrick’s people and arrange a performance of his brand new, fully updated version of Straight Outta Oz especially for all the Toddlerz in Northeast Florida.

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Todrick has an infectious sort of personality that seeps out into everything he involves himself with, whether it be music, movies, television, or stage. This personal brand is all over Straight Outta Oz. His YouTube signature style involves re-imagining fairy tales into modern mini-Broadway extravaganzas, replacing their tried and true musical standards with arrangements that speak more directly to today’s pop charts. So it’s no surprise that his first large scale musical outing takes the classic story of The Wizard Of Oz – one of the most well known and revered Broadway creations of all time – and spins it into a tale of Todrick’s journey from Plainview, Texas to the bright lights of Los Angeles, California (cast in Straight Outta Oz as Oz Angeles).

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Todrick Hall is one of those names that isn’t going away any time soon. Since landing in Los Angeles, he’s found representation with Scooter Braun at UTA (aka Justin Bieber’s agent), co-starred in videos with Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande, and can count folks like Beyonce among his growing roster of Hollywood friends and collaborators (the Queen Bey herself recorded a video segment featured in Straight Outta Oz).

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This tour represents a turning point for Todrick. His star is headed to the stratosphere, catapulting him to fame at a level equal to the very musicians and stars he’s spent the first part of his career both parodying and idolizing. And with his recent stint as the lead in Kinky Boots on Broadway, this should be the last time Northeast Florida is asking itself, “How do I know Todrick Hall?”

Tickets for Todrick Hall presents: Straight Outta Oz are available to the general public TODAY. Prices range from $29 to $39 with all fees included. Tickets and more information are available at (904) 276-6815 or online at THcenter.org.

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The Thrasher-Horne Center is a not-for profit performing arts venue and conference center owned and operated by St. Johns River State College.  It is located on the Orange Park campus at 283 College Drive in Orange Park, Florida.

 

SEEN AT THE SCENE – Rhythm in the Night: The Irish Dance Spectacular

At the Thrasher-Horne Center, the only thing more beautiful than our shows is our audiences. Just witness our crowd last Saturday night as we welcomed the dancers and musicians from Rhythm in the Night to our Mainstage for a proper Saint Patrick’s Day celebration! Pick up your tickets today for our upcoming shows at THcenter.org and who knows… you may be the next beautiful person to grace our blog!

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SEEN AT THE SCENE – Lightwire Theatre’s A Very Electric Christmas

At the Thrasher-Horne Center, the only thing more beautiful than our shows is our audiences. Check out this crowd decked out in their holiday best for A Very Electric Christmas last Sunday afternoon! Pick up your tickets today for our upcoming shows at THcenter.org and who knows… you may be the next beautiful person to grace our blog!

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Wayne Brady: It’s My Line at Thrasher-Horne Center, August 27th

On August 27th, Wayne Brady will make his debut at the Thrasher-Horne Center, premiering his It’s My Line Tour for Northeast Florida audiences. In a way, this performance will be a homecoming for Wayne, who was born in Columbus, Georgia, and raised by his grandmother in Orlando. The Emmy Award winning host of Let’s Make A Deal and The Wayne Brady Show then traded Central Florida life for Los Angeles and an impressive twenty-six year career that spans television, movies, Broadway, and the recording industry. However, Wayne is most easily recognizable from his decades-long stint as a performer (and later Executive Producer) of Whose Line Is It Anyway? His current tour borrows heavily from his extensive experience in improv, most notably the titular nod to his Whose Line roots.

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Wayne’s face is most recognizable from his years of work on television. From 2001 through 2004, he hosted The Wayne Brady Show, a variety show on ABC. He also credits appearances on Reno 911, How I Met Your Mother, Chappelle Show, 30 Rock, Everybody Hates Chris, and The Drew Carey Show, as well as high-profile hosting duties for The NAACP Awards, BET Honors, and the 2002 Miss America Pageant. He has been a judge on So You Think You Can Dance?, the original host of Fox’s Don’t Forget The Lyrics!, and last year was a guest host on The Late Late Show.

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In addition to his television career, he also has a strong background in stage and live performance. Wayne played the role of Billy Flynn in the Broadway revival of Chicago, and was also a member of an all-star cast of Rent which was directed by Neil Patrick Harris at the historic Hollywood Bowl. More recently, Wayne starred in the Broadway musical Kinky Boots, finishing his successful run this past March. Ben Brantley of The New York Times praised his performance, noting

“It is a relief to report that Mr. Brady’s singing and dancing chops are of Broadway caliber. Shimmying and kicking through Mr. Mitchell’s try-this-at-home choreography and belting out Ms. Lauper’s arena-pop score, he radiates stellar heat and good humor.”

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Few entertainers are as multi-talented as Brady. Facebook touts his profession as “Actor, Singer, Improv Comedian, Male Exotic Dancer.” This description accurately summarizes the variety you’ll receive when he hits the stage in Orange Park for this exclusive one-night engagement.

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Tickets to see Wayne Brady live at the Thrasher-Horne on August 27th are available now online (www.THcenter.org) or through the Box Office at (904) 276-6815.