Ep. 18: Shonica Gooden & Ellenore Scott Talk ‘Hamilton,’ ‘Fosse/Verdon,’ ‘Cats,’ and More
Bring It On, Hamilton, the most recent revival of CATS, the revival of Falsettos, and this season’s Head Over Heels are just a few of the credits my guests today have on their impressive resumes. Shonica Gooden made her Broadway debut in 2012 in the musical Bring It On and three years later replaced Ariana DeBose as ‘The Bullet’ in the ensemble of Hamilton. Earlier this month, she was seen on the Damn Yankees episode of the TV miniseries Fosse/Verdon. Ellenore Scott was a finalist and All-Star on the TV reality show So You Think You Can Dance? and is the Associate Choreographer for this season’s larger-than-life Broadway musical King Kong. Both women started out as concert dancers but found their way to Broadway. And this month, they find themselves in Fayetteville working on the Cape Fear Regional production of the Tony Award-winning musical Memphis. Memphis is loosely inspired on the story of Dewey Phillips, one of the first white DJs to play black music in the 1950s. Shonica stars as Felicia in this production, which Ellenore is choreographing. Also notable about this production is that for the first time in the history of the show, the character of Delray is being played by a woman. Hear what Shonica and Ellenore have to say about that, their work on Broadway, on television, and of course, working here in North Carolina.
About the Guests
Ellenore Scott is a New York City-based choreographer and performer. Scott was a finalist and All-Star on the hit television show, So You Think You Can Dance? She was the Associate Choreographer for Head Over Heels on Broadway and is also the Associate Choreographer for King Kong: The Musical. Ellenore was the Assistant Choreographer for the Broadway Revivals of Cats and Falsettos. She also choreographed Off-Broadway’s Pride and Prejudice at the Cherry Lane Theater. She is also directing the revival of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. She is the Artistic Director of ELSCO Dance, a contemporary dance company. For more information visit: https://www.ellenorescott.co/.
Shonica Gooden toured and made her Broadway debut with the high flying cast of Bring It On: The Musical. Throughout the past eight years, Shonica has had the privilege and honor of being a part of other critically acclaimed shows such as Hamilton: An American Musical (The Bullet; Broadway), CATS (Rumpleteazer; Broadway Revival), Cinderella (Broadway), and Matilda”(1st National Tour). Shonica is spreading her wings in the film and Television industry, as well, co-starring this past summer in NBC’s Manifest. She can also be seen in The First Purge, Ted 2, and on the TV miniseries Fosse/Verdon. For more information visit:
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