Dee Roscioli

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Dee Roscioli
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Born (1977-07-20) July 20, 1977 (age 37)
Easton, Pennsylvania
Residence New York, NY
Alma mater DeSales University
Occupation Singer & Stage actress

Dee Roscioli (born Danielle Marie Roscioli on July 20, 1977 in Easton, Pennsylvania) is an American singer and actress, who is known for her performances as Elphaba in the Broadway, Chicago, San Francisco, and national touring productions of the musical Wicked.

Education[edit]

She graduated from Wilson Area High School in 1995. In high school, she competed in track and field hockey. She was involved in chorus, SADD, student council and yearbook. She was a peer helper, new student guide, a member of homecoming court, and qualified for district chorus. For all four years of high school, she participated in drama, and her yearbook states her plans were to attend a four year college and major in theater.[1] She graduated from DeSales University in 1999. While at DeSales she performed in Act One's production of The Music Man as "Marian the librarian" and as the beggar woman in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.[2]

Wicked[edit]

Roscioli made her debut in the musical Wicked in the Chicago sit-down production on January 24, 2006 as the standby for the role of Elphaba, replacing Kristy Cates, who had assumed the lead role. Roscioli replaced Cates on December 12, 2006.[3] Roscioli took a 12-week break from June 3, 2008 through August 24, 2008, in which time the role was played by Lisa Brescia.[4] The production closed on January 25, 2009.[5]

On September 15, 2007, Roscioli[6] participated in the AIDS walk for Chicago, and was joined by Erin Mackey,[7] and various other cast members from Wicked.[8][9] Then, on January 12, 2009, she performed with others from the Wicked cast, as well as cast members of other Chicago and tour productions, in Defying Inequality- a cabaret enforcing the value of acceptance displayed in Wicked.[10][11]

Roscioli next played the role in the San Francisco production from April 7–19, 2009, covering as the standby for Elphaba, in place of Vicki Noon who was performing the full-time role for a short peroid.[12]

Roscioli made her Broadway debut on July 21, 2009, reprising the role of Elphaba in the New York company of the musical.[13] She played her final performance March 21, 2010 and was succeeded by Mandy Gonzalez.[14]

Roscioli reprised the role on the show's First National U.S. Tour, with performances from June 7, 2011 to October 2, 2011, replacing Jackie Burns.[15] She holds the distinction of having played Elphaba in more performances in various North American productions than any other actress.[16] She returned to the First National Tour on September 25, 2012, replacing Nicole Parker, whom she also succeeded in the Broadway company.[17] Roscioli left the tour on April 28, 2013.[18]

Roscioli temporarily replaced Alison Luff on the First North American Tour of Wicked from July 2, 2013 to July 8, 2013

Other Theatre[edit]

From 2000 to 2001, Roscioli originated a lead role in a national touring production of Pokémon Live as Delia Ketchum and also contributed to the soundtrack in songs such as "I've Got a Secret" and "Everything Changes".[19]

Roscioli was cast in the principal role of "Grizabella" in a national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Cats from 2002 to 2003 and received critical acclaim for her performance.[20][21][22][23]

In 2003, she participated in the off-Broadway US debut of George Gershwin's Primrose which was presented in a concert format.[24][25]

In 2005, she played "Audrey" in Little Shop of Horrors at Northern Stage.[26] She also participated in the workshop sessions of Behind the Limelight[27] and Dangerous Beauty[28] in New York City.

After leaving Wicked, Roscioli worked on a new musical called Liberty: A Monumental New Musical. In this show, she played the lead, "Liberty".[29]

In late June 2010, Roscioli performed in a sold-out cabaret show Decidedly Dee at the jazz club Birdland. She also performed in the musical Therapy Rocks at Urban Stages in New York in September and October 2010.[30]

Roscioli took part in the reading of the new musical, Welcome to My Life on April 11, 2011.[31]

Roscioli took part in Interart Theatre and Royal Family Production's performance of Gary Duggan's Dedalus Lounge, which began, Jan 8, 2012, at the Interart Theatre Annex in Manhattan, playing the part of Delphine.[32]

Roscioli performed at the 2012 Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival at DeSales University. She played the part of Mrs. Lovett in the award-winning musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street from June 13 to July 1, 2012.[33]

Roscioli participated in the workshop of the indie rock musical, Murder Ballad, presented by Vassar & New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Theater. It was performed from July 27 through July 29, 2012.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hall of Fame". Wilson Area High School. Retrieved January 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ Morning Call Easton native stars in national tour of 'Cats Aug 18, 2002. cached versions: zoominfo.com, Cats Musical Forum, Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Dee Roscioli is Chicago Wicked's New Elphaba". BroadwayWorld.com. December 12, 2006. 
  4. ^ Gans, Andrew (August 26, 2008). "Roscioli Returns to Chicago's Wicked Aug. 26". Playbill.com. 
  5. ^ Gans, Andrew (January 25, 2009). "Wicked Ends Lengthy Chicago Sit-Down Engagement Jan. 25". Playbill.com. 
  6. ^ afc.aidschicago.org Dee Roscioli's Aids Run Walk Chicago 2007
  7. ^ afc.aidschicago.org Erin Mackey's Aids Run Walk Chicago 2007
  8. ^ www.broadwayinchicago.com 2007 Aids Run & Walk Chicago Retrieved Dec 31, 2011
  9. ^ afc.aidschicago.org Team Season of Concern, Chicagoland theatre community's fundraising effort providing compassionate care to those in our community who are experiencing the effects of HIV/AIDS and other catastrophic illnesses.
  10. ^ www.braodwayinchicago.com Defying In Equality, Retrieved Dec 31, 2011
  11. ^ www.accesshollywood.com ‘Wicked’ Companies To Stage Benefits For LGBT Civil Rights January 8, 2009, Retrieved Dec 31, 2011
  12. ^ "San Francisco Cast Replacement History". of Oz Witches of Oz. March 22, 2009. Web link. Retrieved August 22, 2011.
  13. ^ Gans, Andrews (July 21, 2009). "Roscioli Flies Into Broadway's Wicked July 21". Playbill.com. Retrieved August 22, 2011. 
  14. ^ Gans, Andrew (February 23, 2010). "Mandy Gonzalez Will Fly Into Wicked in March". Playbill.com. Retrieved March 14, 2011. 
  15. ^ Gans, Andrew (May 31, 2011). "National Tour of Wicked Will Welcome a New Elphaba June 7". Playbill.com. Retrieved August 22, 2011. 
  16. ^ The Bushnell Prompter, "Who's Who in the Cast" (Aug./Sept. 2011) p. 12.
  17. ^ "Dee Roscioli Returns to WICKED Tour as 'Elphaba,' Beginning 9/25". broadwayworld.com. September 9, 2012. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  18. ^ "John Davidson and Alison Luff Will Join North American Tour of Wicked". playbill.com. April 2, 2013. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  19. ^ Northeast Times The Cats meow is just purrfect by Tom Waring Aug 11, 2002, Retrieved May 27, 2008.
  20. ^ The Northerner 'Cats': It's the Cats Meow by Samantha Warner, Nov 27, 2002, Retrieved May 10, 2008
  21. ^ talkingbroadway.com Cats (review) by Scott Cain, Retrieved May 10, 2008
  22. ^ The Enquirer Young `Cats' energize Aronoff production by Joseph McDonough, Nov 21, 2002, Retrieved May 10, 2008
  23. ^ thefreelibrary.com 'Memory' serves well in 'Cats' by Evan Henerson, Retrieved May 10, 2008
  24. ^ Musicals Tonight! Primrose (George & Ira Gershwin) Retrieved May 27, 2008.
  25. ^ broadwayworld.com Primrose (Musicals Tonight! Concert, 2003) Retrieved May 27, 2008
  26. ^ Randolph Herald ‘Shop of Horrors’ Is a Winner At Northern Stage by Charlie McMeekin Apr 7, 2005 Retrieved May 27, 2008
  27. ^ Behind the Limelight Official Website Retrieved May 10, 2008
  28. ^ Broadwayworld.com Powerful and romantic new musical, Dangerous Beauty, premieres July 7–10 at the New York Stage and Film/Vassar Powerhouse by Nathan Vernon July 5, 2005, Retrieved May 10, 2008
  29. ^ Broadwayworld.com Liberty: a Monumental New Musical Presented During Immigrant Heritage Week Apr 1, 2010, retrieved Apr 3, 2010
  30. ^ Therapy Rocks Musical, with Dee Roscioli, Allie Schulz and Rachel Stern, Begins Sept. 27 Retrieved Oct 3, 2010
  31. ^ "Dee Roscioli, Gerard Canonico, & More Set for Reading of Bobby Cronin's WELCOME TO MY LIFE, 4/11 2011/04/02". Broadwayworld.com. April 2, 2011. Retrieved June 1, 2011. 
  32. ^ www.playbill.com Anthony Rapp, Dee Roscioli and James Kautz Star in Off-Broadway's Dedalus Lounge Beginning Jan. 8 retrieved Jan 8, 2012
  33. ^ Broadway's William Michals and Dee Roscioli Bring Sweeney Todd to Life for Pennsylvania Shakespeare

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