Lea had the pleasure of hoofing on the landmarked Town Hall stage in “Broadway by the Year” on May 12th, 2014! This year’s season featured 100 years of Broadway, and Lea and her fellow hoofers represented the year 1980 with 42nd Street’s ”Go into Your Dance”.
Lea had a wonderful time performing another iconic number from 42nd Street, “Go into Your Dance” at New York City Dance Alliance’sBright Lights Shining Stars on September 29th, 2013. Catherine Zeta-Jones was honored as the 2013 NYCDA Foundation's Ambassador for the Arts, and it was such a treat to perform for her since 42nd Street on the West End was one of her first big breaks.
Only a few hundred lucky souls were able to pack themselves into the Last Night at Sofia's, for the farewell performance by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks at the club underneath the Hotel Edison where they played twice a week for seven years, until the restaurant lost its lease last summer. That final show featured a calvacade of stars from stage and screen making surprise guest appearances with the Nighthawks. Among them were The Honey Taps, a song and dance troupe that conjures up the glory days of 1920’s show girls and chorines – Lea is always proud to perform with her fellow "Honeys" and with Vince and the gang! The Honey Taps were proud to share this performance as part of the documentary “There’s a Future in the Past” about the hot jazz bandleader and preservationist Vince Giordano and his amazing band The Nighthawks.
Click here to watch an exciting exerpt featuring the Honey Taps!!
• Lea is honored to perform at the annual Fred and Adele Astaire Awards at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, June 3rd, 2013! She will perform the iconic opening number from 42nd Street featuring Randy Skinner’s original revival choreography – with Randy himself! The piece is in part a tribute to the beautiful Marge Champion who will receive this year’s Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award.
• Lea joins the Honey Taps, a nostalgic song and dance group paying homage to the effervescence of 1920’s and 30’s jazz! Lea and fellow “Honeys” debuted with the legendary Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks at Sofia's on May 21st, 2013. Next performance will be June 24th. More shows to come!
•My One and Only wins Best Musical, Best Choreography (Kelli Barclay), Best Actor (Tony Yazbeck) and Best Costumes (Robin L. McGee) at 21st Annual Connecticut Critics Circle Awards ceremony on June 12th!
Congratulations to the Cast and Crew at Goodspeed Musicals.
•Goodspeed’sMy One and Only lauded by critics; all agree that this production is not to be missed: “Broadway Rhythm Reappears in ‘My One and Only’” The New York Times. “'My One and Only' delights with old-fashioned flair”BroadwayWorld.com. "'My One and Only' is 'S Wonderful in Goodspeed reimagining....clearly one of the most elaborate, creative and rewarding productions that the Goodspeed has ever assembled….”Hartford Examiner. “Goodspeed has brought together top talent which is defined, in this case, as triple threat performers, those who have the versatility to act, dance, and sing— and they surely do that with delectable joy….” Talkin’ Broadway. “A ’S Wonderful Tap Dancing Extravaganza”Connecticut Arts Connection.
• Lea is thrilled to be joining the cast of My One and Only at Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT. The tap dance extravaganza will be directed by Ray Roderick and choreographed by Kelli Barclay. Performances begin April 15th and run through June 25th. For more details and a complete cast list click here to read the full report on Playbill.com. For ticket information please click here.
• Sanford Herald praises Temple Theatre's production of Chicago“…the Temple cast does a fantastic job of bringing the spirit, the humor and the sultriness of "Chicago" to life… Lea Kohl (Roxie), Temple artistic director Peggy Taphorn (Velma) and Corey Brunish (Billy Flynn)…carry the show effortlessly”. To read the full review click here.
• Lea is delighted to be returning to North Carolina for a production of Chicago at Temple Theatre, Sanford. Lea is once again taking on the role of Roxie Hart and will be performing September 16th through October 3rd. For ticket information please click here.
• The Portland Mercury applauds Lea's performance in their review of A Chorus Line at the Broadway Rose Theatre Company "...Only a few have strong, penetrating voices (in particular, Lea Kohl as Val, who belts the showstopper "Dance: 10; Looks: 3")..." To read the full review click here.
•BroadwayWorld.com announces Lea's return to the Broadway Rose Theatre Company, Portland, Oregon, to play the role of Val in A Chorus Line. Lea will be performing August 4th through August 22nd as the foul-mouthed but sexy dancer with a secret. Click here to read the full report. Watch a promo video now on YouTube. For ticket information please click here.
• After successful screenings at the Austin, Jacksonville and Hollywood Film Festivals, Lea is delighted to announce that her latest project Hunger has been selected as one of eight motion pictures to be part of the Fangoria Frightfest event! Fangoria is an internationally-distributed US film fan magazine specializing in the genre of horror films and Frightfest is an opportunity for fans to choose the fate of the selected finalists. Watch the MPAA rated trailer below and PLEASE click here to vote for Hunger, we need your support! The film with the highest rating will be shown on the big screen in a limited nationwide theatrical release in late July. Those who vote will also be entered into a summer sweepstakes competition to win a trip to Las Vegas. Voting begins today, June 21, and runs until July 19, 2010. Thanks for your support!
• Deseret News proclaims "PTC's '42nd Street' a toe-tapping treat..... In a flashy sweep of gorgeous costumes, lavish dance numbers and a solid cast, PTC (Pioneer Theatre Company) offers one set of chills after another..... Lea Kohl as Peggy Sawyer, the rising star, is very likable and nails all the intricate tap dancing....." To read the full review click here.
• Lea is thrilled to be reprising one of her favorite roles, Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street, at Pioneer Theatre Company, Salt Lake City, UT. Performances begin April 23rd and run through May 8th. For ticket information please click here.
• See Lea in a commercial spot for Las Vegas Tourism, click here.
• Lea is delighted to be joining the cast of 42nd Street at the Westchester Broadway Theatre, New York, to play the role of Peggy Sawyer. Directed and choreographed by 3 time Tony Award Nominee Randy Skinner, Lea will be performing from January 7th through February 6th. For ticket information please click here.
• CollegeMovieReview.com declares "Psychological Effects of Hunger Prove Haunting.....When a film is able to enter into your mind and chaotically mess with your psyche, you know you have something special.....From Heuring and Ashby's kid-like love affair to Kohl's silent and disturbing demeanor, there is little that doesn't happen between the four walls that have become their home.....It is a special moment when a film affects your mind such as this one does; that moment should be savored for all that it is worth....." To read the full review click here.
• Lea is performing in two invitation-only readings of Brian Spitulnik's Angels Twice Descending on July 20. Stephen Sposito directs with choreography by Lizzie Leopold and sound design by Dan Kluger.
• A special "friends and family pre-view" of Hunger screened at the 2009 Jacksonville Film Festival on May 15th. Lea stars alongside Linden Ashby, Lori Heuring and Joe Egender in this exploration into the breakdown of humanity.
• Lea is joining the cast of the beloved holiday musical Irving Berlin's White Christmas at Detroit's Fox Theatre for the 2008 holiday season. This Christmas classic is brimming with such Berlin hits as "Blue Skies," "How Deep is the Ocean?" and of course the unforgettable title song, "White Christmas".
• Lea will be performing the role of Natalie in All Shook up at the Flat Rock Playhouse, North Carolina. This hip-swivelin', lip-curlin' musical fantasy combines all-time favorite Elvis hits with a brand new love story.