Broadway’s Mix Tape: The House That Rock Built

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We all know that Broadway actors are multi-talented beings possessing of skills that the average human can only begin to comprehend. However when it comes to the Broadway stage, we are often only able to see one or two shades of this musicality. Ever wonder what would happen if you asked one of your favorite Broadway actors to rock out to some of the most popular rock cuts from the last few decades? Well here is your chance to find out. Broadway Style Guide is teaming up with Producer, Kate Egan to put up Broadway’s Mix Tape: The House That Rock Built on Sunday, September 11 at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village.

Come hear some of your favorite Broadway stars jam to Joe Cocker, Radiohead, Melissa Ethridge and so many more. To help set the vibe, BSG styled the cast in downtown chic looks from Issey Miyake for photo shoots on the streets and rooftops of lower Manhattan and asked them to share some of their most indulgent rock inspirations and heroes. Get in on the fun below and make sure to join us at Le Poisson Rouge. Trust us, this is a concert event not to be missed. Click here to purchase your ticket.

What was the first rock album you ever owned?
Margo: Does alternative rock count? The Offspring SMASH was my first album and it got played all last weekend!

Which rock icon has had the biggest influence on you musically and why?
Margo: Joan Jett. I’m always drawn to women making a way for themselves unapologetically. Her smokey gritty sound, especially in ‘Do You Wanna Touch Me’ encourages me to move through life saying what I mean, pursuing what I want!

What concert (past or present) would you be most excited to see live?
Margo: Hands down Woodstock 1969. Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jefferson Airplane, Hendrix, I couldn’t imagine a more thrilling experience then 3 days of that!

Which rock icon has had the biggest influence on your personal style?
Eric: Tom Waits. When in doubt, wear it black.

What concert (past or present) would you be most excited to see live?
Eric: Jimi Hendrix, Monterey Pop Festival. (1967)

Is there a jukebox musical that you think deserves to be made?
Eric: The Funk Brothers. Most people will say they’ve never heard of them, but they were one of the most successful studio recording bands of all time. Just a staggering canon of songs.

What was the first rock album you ever owned?
Matt: Abbey Road. It was a “hand-me-down” from my dad/I stole it from his car. I listened to it constantly. Still do.

What is the best mix tape you ever received and what is the story behind it?
Matt: My friend Mike made me an amazing mix CD that he called “Gurlz Mix.” “Gurl” was his nickname for me. It had every shitty pop song from our drunk college days. Terrible music, but unforgettable memories. I feel like I can taste the shitty Georgi vodka every time I hear “Jai Ho” by the Pussycat Dolls

Is there a jukebox musical that you think deserves to be made?
Matt: I always joke about a 90s grunge musical, but it would be far too sad and depressing. The whole show would be about cocaine, breaking free from suburban struggles, and Seattle. And there would be lots of rain. Not sure it would last very long.

What rock icon would you want to play on the stage?
Amber Iman: I would love to play Tina Turner, because have you seen my legs?! They’re undeniable!!!! I wouldn’t even audition, I’d just submit a headshot of my legs, a “Legshot”, and then I’d wait for my phone to ring. LOL But seriously, Have you seen old videos of Tina concerts? The choreography alone is out of this world! The wigs, the short dresses, and the music?!?!? That would be so much fun to sing, and a huge challenge, and the most intense cardio on Broadway.

What was the first rock album you ever owned?
Kate: REM “Out of Time” back in the 90s – not because I was actually that cool, but because I heard the Weird Al version of “Losing My Religion” and loved it (don’t hate me, I was young), so I went out looking for the original version.

What is the best mix tape you ever received and what is the story behind it?
Kate: Back in high school, some friends of mine created a mix of classic rock-The Eagles, Boston, Chicago, Billy Joel-because they wanted to ‘educate’ another one of our friends, and called it “Save Dave”. They were such a hit around school that they ended up making a 5 disc compilation. I still listen to them. ‘Save Dave Volume 1’ is still my favorite. :)

What rock icon would you want to play on the stage?
Kate: Joan Jett. That woman is a SERIOUS rock star and is still out touring. “Hate Myself for Loving You” is one of the sexiest angry female songs I’ve ever heard!

Which rock icon has had the biggest influence on you musically and why?
Carrie: Tina Turner…she is such a strong woman with an amazing presence. She is one of the hardest working artists that I’ve ever seen and she does it all with grace.

What concert (past or present) would you be most excited to see live?
Carrie: I would LOVE to see Queen live. Bohemian Rhapsody alone would take me over LOL!

Is there a jukebox musical that you think deserves to be made?
Carrie: Of course, “The Kings of Queen” and “Tina Turner: Keeping My Name”


Jake Odmark

What is the best mix tape you ever received and what is the story behind it?
Jake: I had a mix-tape for my ride to school each morning. It had bands like LIT, Sublime, Alice in Chains, 311, and Silverchair on it–nothing like hard rock at 7 am.

Which rock icon has had the biggest influence on you musically and why?
Jake: Definitely Freddie Mercury. Queen was constantly on repeat in my house as I grew up. I knew every song, every lyric. That’s probably why I became a rock singer… I learned by trying to echo Freddie. I still consider him the best rocker to ever live. What a genius.

Is there a jukebox musical that you think deserves to be made?
Jake: I think Maroon 5’s “Songs About Jane” album would make a good show.

What rock icon would you want to play on the stage?
Jake: Huey Lewis and the News! I’d love to play Huey Lewis. It could be called “The Huey Lew-sical.” Let’s write it!


Kevin Mambo

Which rock icon has had the biggest influence on you musically and why?
Kevin: Prince. Style, artistry, fearlessness and meticulous unending creativity. And he played a Tele.

Which rock icon has had the biggest influence on your personal style?
Kevin: Bowie. Vision and daring.

Is there a jukebox musical that you think deserves to be made?
Kevin: I think it’s done in the reverse order. The story makes the MUSIC. Not the other way round.


Betsy Struxness

What was the first rock album you ever owned?
Betsy: The first one I truly remember was Dookie by Green Day. Well into my pre-teens it had all the anger and angst a little white girl in suburban Kansas City who loved ballet needed.

What is the best mix tape you ever received and what is the story behind it?
Betsy: Honestly I received it just over two years ago, for my birthday. My boyfriend and I had just started dating and only scratched the surface of music conversation when he had a gig out of town. So my b-day gift was a mixtape complete with “liner notes” as to why he loved the songs he’d chosen for me to listen to. It was AWESOME.

What concert (past or present) would you be most excited to see live?
Betsy: Blondie at CBGB

Is there a jukebox musical that you think deserves to be made?
Betsy: Blondie and make it raw and gritty and dark and in-musical theatery…oh and call me to be the lead.


Josh Tower

What is the best mix tape you ever received and what is the story behind it?
Josh: The BEST ones were me with a tape recorder recording hits that came on the radio. BAM!! Old school mixtape.

Which rock icon has had the biggest influence on you musically and why?
Josh: There’s no question it’s Prince. First of all his music and lyrics hit me nearly every day of my young life. Anthems, trains of thought, various emotions, longing anger, sex! ALL the feelings! Also being mixed and catching a lot of BS from not only white people for being black but black people for being mixed I felt that he was like a soul brother. Certain things just don’t need to be said. Just felt and understood in that feeling. Deep man. Deep.

Which rock icon has had the biggest influence on your personal style?
Josh: My style is my own. If I have any style it would probably be Bruce Springsteen, T shirt and Jeans. I wish it was Prince but I don’t look so good in assless pants and a ruffled period shirt!


Mary Bridget Davies

What is the best mix tape you ever received and what is the story behind it?
Mary: My college boyfriend and I made mixtapes for each other constantly. One of his best ever was titled “Driving Miss Davies” that he compiled for my drive to come see him after the semester ended for the summer. Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Musical Youth, Johnny Cash… he just GOT me.

Which rock icon has had the biggest influence on you musically and why?
Mary: Etta. James! She was a major influence to many artists but her fusion of soul and blues with a rock edge is what I always gravitate toward in my own sound.

Which rock icon has had the biggest influence on your personal style?
Mary: Janis joplin has left quite a mark on me, obviously hahahaha.


Emily Cramer

What is the best mix tape you ever received and what is the story behind it?
Emily: The first rock “album” I ever owned was, in essence, a mixtape! It was the soundtrack to the 1996 Mission Impossible movie. What I discovered aside from the additional music Danny Elfman so expertly composed for the movie was a fascination for alternative music that would begin to shape my musical taste from then on: Bjork, Pulp, Longpigs, Massive Attack, The Cranberries, Salt, Gavin Friday, and my absolute favorite of the whole mix, Skunk Anansie.

Is there a jukebox musical that you think deserves to be made?
Emily: I’d love to see a totally nightmarish My Chemical Romance/Lady Gaga mashup musical. It would be so very many things at once, those theatrical possibilities are literally endless.

What rock icon would you want to play on the stage?
Emily: It might not necessarily be from the rock world, but it has been my dream for about the last seven years to play Better Midler’s character Winnifred Sanderson from Hocus Pocus on Broadway someday. That might actually wrap things up for me.

Ruby Lewis

What is the best mix tape you ever received and what is the story behind it?
Ruby: My sisters were masters of the mix tape. We watched a lot of In Living Color and created dance albums.

Which rock icon has had the biggest influence on you musically and why?
Ruby: If I had to narrow it down, I would say Tina Turner- she taught me how to give 100% and give no fucks when performing.

What concert (past or present) would you be most excited to see live?
Ruby: QUEEN with Freddie, no contest.

What rock icon would you want to play on the stage?
Ruby: Courtney Love

Emily Padgett

What was the first rock album you ever owned?
Emily: Alanis Morisette – Jagged Little Pill

Which rock icon has had the biggest influence on you musically and why?
Emily: I’ve always loved strong, unique, female rockers… From Bonnie Raitt to Stevie Knicks… To Florence and the Machine. It’s why I’m singing one of her songs. “You’ve got the Love” was actually a gospel song and she turned it into something fresh and different. She’s my fav :)))

Which rock icon has had the biggest influence on your personal style?
Emily: In terms of style I like the gals of the 80’s of course. I think that’s where rock and fashion really started going together. Acid wash jeans.. Stilettos .. Big hair.. Nude lips.. Kind of what I wore in the photo shoot!! Haha

Justin Sargent

Styling by James Brown III
Additional Styling by Allegra Levy and Sunny Walters
Hair & Makeup by Jocelin Williams, Nicole Romero & Angela Birchett