Bruises and Broken Toes
by Kim Bechtold, barely over a year, the Musical Theatre
Alliance (MTA) is composed of some talented Georgia
State University students. MTA describes its mission
as a means of uniting students through music, theater
and dance, by providing them with performance and production
of these opportunities happened to be the Blisters,
Bruises and Broken Toes (BBBt) which we were fortunate
to witness. BBBt could be described as a review of some
favorite and well-known musicals spanning over decades.
See it as getting a taste of over ten different musicals
for a very minute fraction of the price. From Annie
to Jekkyl, Little Shop of Horrors to Cabaret,
the audience was offered a well-rounded variety.
cast of the show included none other than our very own
Obi Orubele, a brilliant singer, dancer and all-around
performer. A Chemistry/Pre-pharmacy student at GSU he
stood out as being the only non ‘artistic’ major but
yet blending very well with the rest of the talented
first chance to really show off came with an exceptional
performance in a duet with Chasity Hardman in their
rendition of “Written in the Stars” from Aida.
In the second half of the show we get to peep some of
his superb and natural dancing skills in the “Cell Block
Tango,” one of the most captivating scenes from the
recently popular Chicago. The performance that
stole the whole show was undoubtedly ‘Oldest Established’
from the play Guy and Dolls. Not only was it
testosterone packed with its all male cast, this was
also an opportunity to observe even more of Orubele’s
dancing skills as well as his vocal abilities as part
of the chorus.
a rendition of one of the most popular scores from a
stage musical, Orubele once again singing lead along
with Heather Witt ended the show with “Seasons of Love”
from Rent. Overall BBBt was an enjoyable show that did
a wonderful job of telling a continuous story employing
a variety of musical from various, with different styles
and genres. For a show put together by students with
limited input from the school. There’s definitely much
kudos to be given to the cast, crew and all who supported
worth a Five Dollar Bill!
Board (One of three) of Blisters, Bruises and Broken
Orubele and the rest of the cast in Chicago‘s “Cell
and Guys in “Oldest Established“, Guys and Dolls
whole cast in the finale “Seasons of Love” from Rent
Greeting Friends and Family After the show
in stage make-up, Obi gets a kiss for a job well done!
a good friend and cast mate (also one of the show’s
producers) at the Cast party.
the show: a private acoustic performance of his rendition
of “Ready for Love” by India Arie