Alumnus performs during Tony Awards

Antwan Bethea, a 2010 Elementary Education grad and former ECU cheerleader, is in the Broadway musical “Bring It On.” Shown above, he performed in the opening number of the Tony Awards on Sunday night. (Contributed photo)

Antwan Bethea, a 2010 ECU elementary education grad and former ECU cheerleader, is in the Broadway musical “Bring It On.” Shown above (circled), he performed in the opening number of the Tony Awards on Sunday night. (Contributed photo)

 

ECU graduate Antwan Bethea appeared on the nationally televised Tony Awards June 9 as a performing cast member from the Broadway musical “Bring It On.”

About 1,700 auditioned for 27 roles in the stage production; Bethea landed a part in the ensemble cast in 2010, about six months after his graduation from ECU. A month later, “Bring It On: The Musical” had its premiere at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre and was hailed by the Journal-Constitution as “one of the most exciting Atlanta world premieres in many years.”

The production is directed by Tony Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler (In The Heights), with libretto by Jeff Whitty, who won a Tony for Avenue Q. (Howell Binkley ’78 provided lighting design for both those shows during their Broadway runs.)

As an ECU cheerleader, Bethea was known for running back flips from one end zone to the other. He once put so much effort into the routine that he flipped right out of his shirt, bringing howls of approval from the stands.