In a year jammed with exciting opportunities off the Great White Way, the singer, actress, and teacher is sailing out of 2020 by taking to the seas.
In October, Louderman will be joining fellow Broadway stars — including Laura Benanti, Jeremy Jordan, Norbert Leo Butz, Sierra Boggess, Lena Hall, Norm Lewis, and Alan Cumming — on the inaugural Broadway Cruise, traveling from New York City to Bermuda.
“I’ve never been to Bermuda. I am so excited!” Louderman exclaims over the phone from Chicago of the opportunity to see the island’s famous pink sand Horseshoe Beach.
The Mean Girls, Kinky Boots, Bring It On, and Peter Pan Live! actress is planning a solo concert aboard the Norwegian Pearl. It’s one of many performances available throughout the trip. Over the course of the four-day round-trip adventure, from October 10 to 14, there will be costumed theme nights; dance classes with choreographer Kelly Devine (Diana: A True Musical Story); meet-and-greets; karaoke; makeup sessions with the creator of Elphaba’s famous green glow, Wicked’s Joe Dulude II; and interactive and informative panel discussions. For her performance, fans can expect to hear favorite songs from Louderman’s shows in what she teases will be a mashup number, as well as some new ones.
“It’s important to me that there is sort of a plot or through-line that connects songs with my experiences,” she says.
The Broadway Cruise is part of Louderman’s plans to take a much-needed “breather from performing on Broadway” this year, she says. Since her final bow in Mean Girls in September, she has been doing everything but being mean by focusing on giving back to those striving in the industry.
With a passion for arts education, Louderman was appointed executive consultant of the Rolla’s Ozark Actors Theatre in Missouri, about two hours outside St. Louis. Louderman, who grew up in the area, made her first professional stage debut at that theatre, starring in Annie in 2001. She has also sat on the board for the last year and a half.
“I was fortunate enough to have a stage mother who would drive me really far to get arts education in St. Louis, Missouri. So one of the things I’ve always wanted to do is bring more to rural areas.” This summer, before she heads to Bermuda, she’s set to mark her directorial debut at Rolla with Peter and the Starcatcher.
To add to her busy 2020, for the second year in a row, Louderman is also judging submissions for the Write Out Loud songwriting contest she created during her run in Mean Girls. Last year, there were about 500 entries and she reviewed every one of them with collaborator Ben Rauhala. The winner, Joriah Kwamé, had her song “Little Miss Perfect” performed by Louderman herself. This year, three songs will receive a studio recording and streaming release. She’s also teaching and leading workshops for young people on how to act while performing songs.
And if you thought all that was enough, she’s also planning her summer wedding to Brooks Toth in St. Louis. The couple, who met right after the 2018 Tony Awards through a mutual friend at a birthday party, got engaged on Christmas Eve.
“A long time ago, my mom wanted us to get together and take our Christmas photo with my four sisters,” Louderman reveals how the proposal went down. “We just decided we would put together a Christmas video for everyone and made a tradition out of [it]. So Brooks got together with my sisters and, at the end of our taping of this video, they passed presents down the line. The last present: a ring! It was very cool. I was not expecting it.”
Don’t expect to see any of the Plastics as bridesmaids. Louderman’s four sisters get first dibs at the honor. Louderman and Toth’s honeymoon, followed by The Broadway Cruise, will be a relaxing way to cap off her busy year teaching others.
You can see Louderman on the cruise when it sets sail this fall. Purchase your tickets here, and “don’t miss out on the intimate and grand-scale shows and cabarets from Broadway’s coolest talent,” says the cruise’s organizers. The Broadway Cruise plans to be a “fully immersive Broadway adventure that combines the glitz, glamour, and fanfare of the timeless Broadway tradition.”
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