Brandon Lashawn Curry '11 stars in Broadway musical tour
The acting major makes his national tour debut with "Ghost the Musical" as the "subway ghost."
Elon alumnus Brandon Lashawn Curry '11 has made his national tour debut as part of "Ghost the Musical," which is based on the hit movie "Ghost" and follows a Broadway run.
Curry shared with the Office of Alumni Engagement details about his latest role and acting career as he prepares to return to North Carolina for performances at the Durham Performing Arts Center Nov. 12-17.
Tell us about the show and the part you play.
The "subway ghost" is one of major catalyst for change in this production and I've never enjoyed a role more. He basically gives Sam Wheat, character made iconic by Patrick Swayze, the ability to move objects and further his pursuit of getting to the other side. He is one of the darkest characters and moments in the show. It's pretty wicked. He flies and he even has his own song.
What other roles have you played since leaving Elon?
I worked as a production cast member on Norwegian Cruise Lines. I was a member of an independent theater company in New York City called True False Theater, co-founded by Daria Tavana and Anni Weisband. I played Vince White in an original play called "Bedspread" about love and loss. I was most recently seen in "Piggy Nation," the musical Off Broadway at Snapple Theater Center, which tackles being rude and thoughtless by being "piggy." It was a children's musical.
This is your national tour debut. How does that feel?
I feel grateful and humbled by this experience. There are some acting veterans in this production that I have learned so much from and I'm so glad I am taking this journey.
How would you say your Elon education has prepared you for your career?
Elon has one of the best performing arts programs in the entire nation. I never stress in auditions. I know exactly how to prepare for roles that span contemporary work to classical and modern pieces. Getting my acting degree from Elon set me up for success. It also built networking skills and a mind for the business of entertainment instead of just chasing a dream with no tools in which to attain that goal.
Any advice for students in the performing arts?
I just want them to know that you write your own destiny. Get up and audition. If the part is right for you don't miss that call and don't give up.