Los Angeles & New York City based artist, Brandon Michael Nase, is a versatile performer of repertoire ranging from Musical Theatre to Pop, R&B, Jazz and Opera. He has recently been seen in Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Frozen Live at the Hyperion, Little Shop of Horrors , and Les Miserables.
Equally adept on the concert stage, Brandon has performed across the United States and abroad as a soloist, most notably in Mozart’s Requiem, Puccini’s Messae di Gloria, and Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man. Additionally, Brandon has had the privilege of performing solo work with many famed conductors including David Itkin, Jerry McCoy, Paul Leddington Wright, Mack Wilberg and Bob Chilcott.
Brandon received his Master of Music degree in vocal performance/musical theatre from NYU. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in choral music education from the renowned University of North Texas College of Music.
In the fall of 2017 Brandon created and produced the Gospel according to Broadway, a musical web-series giving visibility to people of color by arranging musical theatre songs in gospel, r&b, and jazz styles. You can currently find all episodes from season one on YouTube!
How do you feel about the idea of Color Blind casting?
I actually don’t like the term “color-blind” casting. I started GATB to provide visibility for people of color, which I believe acknowledging peoples color and their immense worth as a person of color in America. Color-blind means not seeing color, and I want you to see my color, acknowledge it, and know that since I am that color I walk through the world differently and have experienced the world differently. A person that lives in a white normative society (all of America) should see that and want to know what life has been like for those that are not white, but walk through the world in a white normative existence. So, I believe that casting and directors should work to cast things “color-consciously”. They should be working to bring representations and viewpoints that are not that of the norm in our society.
How necessary do you think it is for artists of color to have a safe space of creation?
I don’t think that artists of color should be asked to create in a space that has not been made safe for them. I think part of that safety is having someone on the creative team that will be able to understand in some aspect where their creative choices are coming from. Which I think goes hand in hand with my thought on color-conscious casting. I think you need to have that same sort of representation on a creative team so as to create a safe space for your artists to create.
Who’s one black artist you’d love to work with on something other than GATB?
Besides every black person that I have met in an audition process in the past few years, I would REALLY love to write a musical with PJ Morton. I think an R&B musical NEEEEDS to happen, and I think PJ could do something incredible.
Who are the five guests?
Heather Headley, Chuck Cooper, Callie Day, Smokie Norful, and Brik Liam
Donate to season 2 of The Gospel According to Broadway here!