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Aug. 6, 2020

'Take it from the Top' coming Aug. 7

Broadway star Paul Canaan from hits like “Legally Blonde,” “Miss Saigon” and “Kinky Boots” will host the culmination of this year’s “Take it from the Top” summer program.

Presented virtually this summer, “Take it from the Top” 2020 was staffed by 17 Broadway professionals, including Tony Award® winning Broadway director/choreographer Jerry Mitchelland actors Annaleigh Ashford who won a Tony Award® for “You Can’t Take it With You,”  Caroline Bowman from “Frozen” and Courtney Reed, who originated the role of Princess Jasmine in Disney’s “Aladdin.”

The staff worked with more than 150 students from across the country, in Wharton Center’s two-week musical theater intensive.

This showcase will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 7.

“We are excited to give Wharton Center fans a behind-the-scenes look at all the fun we had sharing with the students this year,” says Canaan.  The exclusive showcase, which will be viewable from Wharton Center’s website as well as our YouTube channel, features performances of Broadway hits by this year’s “Take it from the Top” students, along with a glimpse into what the students learned at the popular summer program.

“Take it from the Top” is a series of thrilling, hands-on workshops offered through Wharton Center Institute for Arts and Creativity. Participants – from second graders to adults – receive a unique opportunity to train with a talented team of leading Broadway professionals.

To view the event, visit or Wharton Center's YouTube Channel.

By: Bob Hoffman