By Matthew Murphy (Photographer)
Over the past few months I've had the pleasure of working with the amazing Broadway.com team on a new fashion photo series, Gotta Dance. The idea behind this bi-weekly photo editorial/video interview is that we take a Broadway dancer--regardless of whether it's there first show or their fifteenth--and tell their story through images and audio.
For my portion of the project I always use the performer's current show as a jumping off point for styling and visual inspiration, which allows me to work within certain parameters (as without parameters I often don't know where to begin). During each of these shoots I've worked alongside an amazing team that includes Ariel Vega (hair and makeup) and David Withrow (styling) who help bring my ideas to life and polish them into something shiny (for without these two I worry that each dancer would be forced to wear a white shirt I drew on with Crayola markers, which was my "costume shop" in my basement theater productions).
Today I wanted to share a shot from each of the shoots we've done so far, and encourage you to stop by Broadway.com to watch the amazing videos that Paul Wontorek, Beth Stevens, Nick Shakra and Tim Kepler have put together. And, of course, go check out the shows featuring these incredible performers!
(Shannon Lewis of How To Succeed In Business...)
(Brian O' Brian of Chicago)
(Allyson Arena of Mamma Mia!)
(Adam Perry of Anything Goes)
(Justin Bohon of The Book of Mormon)
(Preston Duggar III of Memphis)