017: Musical Theatre, With Adrianna Hicks
Weekly Inspiration: New York City
Michelle just got back from spending Thanksgiving in New York City, which left her feeling energized and inspired beyond measure. There really is no place like Manhattan. It’s one of the only places that brings arts and culture within your grasp no matter your budget. The pulse of the city carries you with each step, bringing you moments of wonder at every turn.
What are your favorite cultural attractions in NYC? Let us know in the comments!
Discovering the world of musical theatre with Adrianna Hicks
Join Michelle as she heads to Broadway for a chat with actress and singer Adrianna Hicks, who plays Celie in Broadway’s The Color Purple North American tour. Adrianna’s powerhouse voice has led her all the way to some of the biggest stages in Germany and Austria and back to Broadway.
Through the conversation, Adrianna sheds light on what it was like to go from being the girl who sang in a church choir to performing in front of hundreds of people nightly. She discusses how transforming into Celie, a complex character who has overcome extraordinary obstacles, helped her become a more authentic version of herself. Michelle and Adrianna dissect the differences between starring in musicals and stage plays, leading to a fascinating look at the head-to-toe and mind-to-body dedication to takes to be a stage actor of any kind.
Listen to the episode to see if Michelle is able to persuade Adrianna into serenading The Cultured Crew. Throw in Michelle’s broken German, and you’ve got one jam-packed and fun episode!
About Adrianna Hicks, internationally touring actor and singer
Adrianna Hicks is beyond thrilled to be playing Celie in her first National Tour of The Color Purple! She is a Texas native with a B.F.A in Musical Theatre from The University of Oklahoma’s Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre. Her journey with musical theatre has taken her far beyond anything that she could have prayed for and she is overjoyed with the opportunity to help spread the healing power that The Color Purple has to bring! Her credits include Broadway: Swing (The Color Purple, Revival), Fortune Teller/ Jasmine’s Attendant (Aladdin) Regional/International: Deloris cov. (Sister Act, Germany), Judge/Pilar cov. (Legally Blonde, Austria), Sarah (Ragtime), Marlena (Buddy Holly), Dynamite (Hairspray), and a backup singer for Michael Bublé (Call Me Irresponsible Tour, OK). Adrianna thanks her family and friends for their undying love and support.