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CHOREOGRAPHER PAUL BECKER WRAPS PRODUCTION ON HIS FEATURE FILM DIRECTORIAL DEBUT “BREAKING BROOKLYN” STARRING LOUIS GOSSETT JR.

Paul Alley PortraitTWO UNCONVENTIONAL FAMILIES BAND TOGETHER TO SAVE A BROOKLYN LANDMARK

Dancer/choreographer Paul Becker recently wrapped production on his directorial debut Breaking Brooklyn shot on location in New York City. Paul co-wrote the feature film with his writing partner Rory Owen Delaney. Paul also choreographed the feature that stars Academy Award Winner Louis Gossett Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman, Roots) alongside Madeleine Mantock (Into the Badlands,Edge of Tomorrow), Nathan Kress (iCarly), Vondie Curtis-Hall (Rosewood, Daredevil), Colin Critchley (Good Friday, Nowhere Ever After), Jack Noseworthy (The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe) and Catherine Curtin (Orange is The New Black). Donald Kushner, Elie Samaha, Missy Valdez, and Ged Dickersin produced Breaking Brooklyn. 

This drama is centered in Brooklyn NY during the Christmas holiday, following a wide eyed aspiring tap dancer (Colin Critchley) and his rebellious older brother (Nathan Kress) as they find shelter in an old theatre with two forgotten Broadway legends (Louis Gossett Jr. and Vondie Curtis Hall), but when the credit union forecloses on their home, the two families help each other reconcile their past with the present as they band together to save a Brooklyn landmark. The film includes a collection of tap dance style of music blended with a mix of soulful Broadway and contemporary hip-hop.

Expanding his resume as a filmmaker, Paul is currently in production with the new documentary Last of the Showmen, which examines the life and legacy of Broadway showman Ben Vereen. Featuring interviews with Usher, Liza Minnelli, David Copperfeld, Shirley Maclaine, and others, the film explores Ben’s checkered history while documenting his efforts to return to Broadway one last time.

Paul and LouA protégé of famed director/choreographer Kenny Ortega – long time friend and choreographer to Michael Jackson and some of the biggest music icons of the world such as Madonna, Cher, and Elton John, Becker choreographed the Disney’s Adventures in Babysitting, which will be released this year and is joining Ortega to choreograph Disney’s Descendants 2 this summer. Paul has also worked alongside Ortega to choreograph the Ortega directed Jonas Brothers’ concert World Tour.

Born in Victoria, BC, Canada, Becker has quickly become one of the worlds’ top choreographers and creative directors, having worked on over 100 film and TV projects including Twilight, Mirror Mirror, and The Diary of a Wimpy Kid 1,2,& 3. Paul is currently the series choreographer for ABC’s hit show Once Upon a Time, as well as Syfy’s new series The Magicians which airs on Jan 25/16. He has worked closely with everyone from Kanye West, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, The Muppets, Michael Buble, Ciara and Latin superstar Pitbull.  Paul was a judge and choreographer on Canada’s #1 hit television series So You Think You Can Dance and produced Canada’s Got Talent.

Further adding to his impressive repertoire, Paul is creating two brand new Ringling Brothers Circuses, directed the 2015 PanAm Games in Toronto, and will be choreographing the Victoria Secret Super Bowl 2016 Commercial.

To view his hundreds of his other impressive credits, please click on the links below.

Paul currently resides in Los Angeles and Vancouver while traveling worldwide to work on productions. He is available for interviews upon request.

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Andrea Menard To Release Fourth Album, LIFT, A Musical Switch To Something Positive

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Regina Symphony Orchestra will join Menard, led by Charles T. Cozens on the same day Lift hits shelves, May 3rd 2014

Andrea Menard, beloved for her work in television and film (Blackstone, Rabbit Fall) and for her catalogue of musical releases including 2002’s The Velvet Devil, 2005’s Simple Steps, and 2009’s Sparkle, will be merging her unique style and “tour-de-force performance” [Ottawa Sun] with conductor Charles T. Cozens and the Regina Symphony Orchestra for I Am Andrea Menard on May 3rd, 2014. Coinciding with this special show is the release of Menard’s album Lift, produced by longtime collaborator Robert Walsh.

Lift, written and produced with Edmonton-based producer Robert Walsh, marks their fourth collaboration together, came to life partly due to a hugely successful Indiegogo campaign supported by Menard’s passionate and enthusiastic fan base, who raised $12,000 towards the album’s production and release. The songs on Lift, in Menard’s own words, are “good medicine”, once again showcasing the unique musical chemistry between Menard and Walsh. Recorded at Unity Gain Productions, a straw bale facility built on a beautiful oasis in rural Manitoba, Lift captures the spirit and atmosphere of the sessions and the raw emotion and power in Menard’s voice. Lift is being released and promoted through Real World Artist Management.

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Menard will be playing select dates to celebrate the release of Lift, including May 11th Saskatoon; May 14th Calgary; May 16th Edmonton, May 23rd Vancouver, June 16th Toronto, June 18th Ottawa, June 23rd Winnipeg.

I Am Andrea Menard, Menard’s new Symphony Show, will feature Menard and the RSO performing numbers composed by Menard and Walsh, with Walsh playing guitar and singing, and Cozens conducting. I Am Andrea Menard features a night of showstoppers specially arranged by Cozens, with additional arrangements written by Robert Walsh, Rick Wilkins, Micky Erbe, John Welsman, Anthony Rozankovic, and Pete Coulman.

About Robert Walsh
Robert Walsh, is an award winning singer-songwriter, musician and producer who has performed with artists such as The Pointer Sisters, Tom Cochrane, Renée Fleming, Petula Clark, The Canadian Tenors and Johnny Reid, is a member of Franco-Albertan roots group Allez Ouest, and has been featured often with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Walsh is the author of a music theory book and also teaches at Edmonton’s MacEwan University.

About Charles T. Cozens
Charles Cozens is an award winning conductor, orchestrator, and composer who has arranged and conducted for the likes of Elton John, Janelle Monae, Divine Brown, Serena Ryder, RyanDan, Chantal Kreviazuk, Molly Johnson, The Nylons, The Canadian Tenors, The Canadian Brass and Quartetto Gelato, among others. Cozens has over 90 CD recordings to his credit.

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Website: andreamenard.comvelvetdevil.comexpandreamenard.com, themusicmessengers.com
Twitter: @andreamenard
Facebook: facebook.com/andreamenardmusic
YouTube: youtube.com/velvetdevilmenard

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