Entries in MJ Rodriguez (7)


Benefit Concert for Pulse Orlando! 

*UPDATE* Through ticket sales at the concert we raised $3400 for Equality Florida. Thank you to everyone who attended and lent support!

Having spent the last 4+ years writing a musical about the UpStairs Lounge Fire and living with that forgotten tragedy, I needed to do something productive with all the rage and sadness I still feel about the Pulse shooting in Orlando.

I've put together a benefit concert for monday, July 11th @ 7pm. Rattlestick Theatre has generously offered us their space and we have a mini-army of award winning, amazing Broadway/TV talent to sing the songs from View UpStairs. We will honor the memories of those affected by Pulse and UpStairs, use music to combat homophobia and hatred, celebrate the power of community, and raise money for Equality Florida, which is working directly with the families of those affected by the shooting.

Tickets: $30 - 50 (with the ability to pay/donate more)
Ticket proceeds will be donated to Equality Florida. We have already raised over $1000 from our first day of ticket sales alone. Please come and join us!!
Tickets available: www.theviewupstairsbenefit.bpt.me

Performers include:

Blake Daniel (Spring Awakening)
Frenchie Davis (The Voice, American Idol, Rent)
Gideon Glick (Significant Other, Spring Awakening)
Robin de Jesus (2-time Tony nom. for La Cage, In the Heights)
Jay Armstrong Johnson (Quantico, On the Town)
Ben Mayne (South Pacific tour)
Doreen Montalvo (On Your Feet, In the Heights)
Alex Newell (Glee)
MJ Rodriguez (Runaways, Rent)
Tony Sheldon (Tony nom. Priscilla)
Jason Tam (If/Then, A Chorus Line)
Clarke Thorell (The Front Page, Annie, Hairspray)

Directed by Scott Ebersold
Music Directed by James Dobinson


Larson Legacy Concert @ Adelphi University

An amazing show I will never forget! As one woman in the audience apparently whispered, "This is verrrrry different than the music they play at my temple." ;)

Our amazing cast (Chrissi Poland, Mykal Kilgore, MJ Rodriguez, Ray Lee, Helen Park) who slayed the house down with their fierce vocals. Directed by Liz Carlson, and MD'd by Jack Mitchell.

The concert was also featured on the cover of the arts section in Newsday!

The text of the full article is here: http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/rent-creator-jonathan-larson-honored-in-concert-at-adelphi-university-1.11523331


Live from Ars Nova


Ars nova Concert Sold out! 

So excited for our Uncharted concert @ Ars Nova tomorrow on the 11th. This cast is insanely talented: Jo Lampert, Nick Blaemire, Chrissi Poland, Ray Lee, MJ Rodriguez, and Helen Park. As Ray Lee puts it, "I want to throw my shoe at all of you." Every time they sing, I pee a little. All of my underwear is ruined forever. 

Here's a little preview of them singing a song from KPOP! 



And also for all your blackmail needs. This video interview Jason & I shot for Ars Nova:


The View UpStairs @ The Living Room Videos!

Check out these three videos from the concert on June 24th. Featuring the talents of Michael McElroy, Nathan Lee Graham, Katie Thompson, Andrew Durand, Blake Daniel, Doreen Montalvo, and Blake Daniel.

Some Kind of Paradise


Lost or Found?


The Most Important Thing


Theme Song