The New York Pops Orchestra celebrated its 30th birthday April 29 at Carnegie Hall and Foxcroft’s Brianna Eagen of Waverly was there performing.
Eagen was one of the Camp Broadway Kids who, according to one reviewer, gave a “rousing opener” as they appeared on stage and in the aisles, in a medley of tunes from the Broadway classic Gypsy. The evening, hosted by Paula Zahn and filled with stars, honored songwriters Frank Loesser and Jule Styne, and the centennial of legendary actor/singer/dancer Danny Kaye.
Eagen, who has appeared on the Foxcroft stage many times, was selected to be one of the 50 “Kids” after an audition last October. She gathered with the other youngsters several days before the performance to learn the music and dance steps — and perfect them — with intensive all-day rehearsals. Eagen was also one of a handful of teens selected to “sit in” on stage for two-time Tony Award winner Donna Murphy’s song, “The Ugly Duckling.”
“She was the voice of the mother in the movie Tangled,” Eagen explained in apresentation to the Foxcroft community at morning meeting . Other performers included Tony nominees Laura Benanti, Stephanie J. Block, Will Chase, Rob McClure, and Laura Osnes. The performance was followed by a gala dinner dance at the Plaza Hotel, where Eagen mingled with celebrities. .