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Catching Up With…: The Top of the Class - La Jolla Playhouse Blog

Catching Up With…: The Top of the Class

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James Maslow

James Maslow

We’re very proud here at the Playhouse, as some of our former Summer Conservatory students are making quite a splash on stage and screen! James Maslow (Conservatory ’06) plays one of four young singers struggling for success in Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush. After appearing in Memphis in La Jolla and Seattle, Cashae Monya (’07) just finished a run as overachieving Marcy Parks in North Coast Rep’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. (Spelling Bee, by the way, features music by William Finn, whose new musical Little Miss Sunshine will premiere at the Playhouse in February.) Christopher Douglas Reed (’02) has been featured in the Playhouse’s productions of Tobacco Road and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and will make his television debut this fall in a recurring role on FX’s Sons of Anarchy. And Bridget Regan (’98-’00) has done everything from TV to movies to Broadway, and will soon star in The Best and the Brightest with Neil Patrick Harris, who was one of this year’s Playhouse Honors recipients.

Sutton Foster has been one busy woman. The breakout star of Thoroughly Modern Millie both at the Playhouse and on Broadway is currently starring opposite Zach Braff in Second Stage’s Trust as a whip-cracking dominatrix confronted with her past. She’ll also star in a one-night-only performance of They’re Playing Our Song, and she’s set to perform at the benefit Broadway Memories in Orange County. If that wasn’t enough, she’ll be tapping up a storm in the Broadway revival of Anything Goes come February, and San Diego audiences will get their chance to see her at the Balboa Theatre on October 1 in a one-night-only solo concert. No word on when she’ll be able to sleep.

And to wrap things up, a quick hit list of new projects: Laura Osnes (Bonnie & Clyde) will be featured on composer Scott Alan’s new album “What I Wanna Be When I Grow Up,” due this fall; Max von Essen (Xanadu) and Matt Bogart (Zhivago) can be heard on “All the Love I Have: Love Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber,” currently available on iTunes; and our very own Christopher Ashley will direct Heartbreakers for NAMT’s Festival of New Musicals in Manhattan in October.

What do you think? What new project are you most excited about? Leave a comment and let us know!