Christy Altomare

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Christy Altomare
Born Christine Altomare
Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Website www.christyaltomare.com

Christy Altomare is an American actress and singer-songwriter who played the role of Wendla in the first national tour of the rock musical Spring Awakening and made her Broadway Debut as Sophie in Mamma Mia!. She is set to originate the role of Anya/Anstasia in the Broadway premiere of Anastasia Spring 2017 after earning critical acclaim with the production's world premiere Pre-Broadway tryout in Hartford, Connecicut.

Early life[edit]

Altomare began performing at age 5 in community theater productions in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. At Pennsbury High School, she was a part of choirs and school productions before attending University of Cincinnati's Conservatory of Music, where she performed in a number of productions. In 2004, she was a National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts winner in the musical theater category.[1] She graduated from CCM in 2008 with a BFA in Musical Theater.[2]

Career[edit]

Altomare began writing songs at the age of twelve. She has three independent CDs: Not Yet Over You (2000), Waiting For You (2007), and an EP entitled After You (2008). When she was sixteen, she signed with her current manager, Edie Robb.[2] She looks to Jewel and Joni Mitchell as her biggest influences.[3]

In 2008, Altomare joined the first national touring cast of the hit Broadway musical Spring Awakening in the lead role of Wendla, beginning previews on August 15, 2008 in San Diego.[2] She traveled to 44 different cities and gave over 600 performances. She stayed with the tour until its final performance on May 23, 2010.[4] Altomare received generally positive reviews throughout the tour. Seth Kubersky of Orlando Weekly called her "appropriately innocent and adorable as the inevitable victim"[5] while Eric Rezsnyak of the Rochester City Paper praised her "piercing, haunting soprano voice," and how "even her most difficult melodic passes seem totally effortless."[6]

Following the Spring Awakening tour, Altomare appeared as Sue Snell in MCC Theater's limited engagement run of the Off-Broadway revival of Carrie at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. She can be heard on the official cast recording of the production, released by Ghostline and Sh-K-Boom Records.

On June 4, 2012, Altomare made her Broadway debut in Mamma Mia! at the Winter Garden Theatre, where she replaced Liana Hunt resuming the role of Sophie Sheridan. She stayed with the Broadway company for a year, ending her contract on June 1, 2013, and was replaced by Laurie Veldheer of Newsies.

From October 30, 2014 until January 4, 2015, she starred as Guinevere in the Drury Lane Theatre's production of Camelot. Altomare has also been taking part in readings and workshops of new shows in development for the stage. She is also in development of a solo album of new music.

On March 9, 2016, it was announced that Altomare will be starring in the World Premiere of the musical adaptation of the 1997 animated film Anastasia in the title role (nicknamed Anya). The show ran from May 13 - June 19, 2016 at Hartford Stage in Connecticut.[7] Altomare received critical acclaim for her performance, winning the Connecticut Critics Circle Award. In addition, a clip of her singing the musical's first act finale number Journey To The Past (filmed illegally at one of the performances at Hartford) went viral. Altomare is set to continue with Anastasia as the show is officially set to transfer to Broadway. Previews set for March 23rd, 2017 and Opening Night is set for April 24th, 2017 at the Broadhurst Theatre.

Theatre[edit]

Broadway, Off-Broadway, & National Tours
Year Title Theatre Role Notes
2008-10
Spring Awakening
Various Theatres across North America
  Wendla Bergmann 
  Original 1st National Tour Cast
2011
 Carrie
  Lucille Lortel Theatre
  Sue Snell 
  Off-Broadway Revival Cast
2012-2013
Mamma Mia!
  Winter Garden Theatre
  Sophie Sherridan 
  Replacement Broadway Cast
2017
Anastasia
  Hartford Stage (2016), Broadhurst Theatre (2017)
  Anya / Anastasia 
  World Premiere / Original Broadway Cast

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Christy Altomare Bio" Retrieved April 10, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Pennsbury Grad Altomare is on the road to stardom". Bucks County News. Retrieved 2009-07-30. 
  3. ^ Glenn Sumi. "Sex and song". NOW Magazine. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  4. ^ Adam Hetrick. "Spring Awakening National Tour Ends Run in Orlando May 23". Playbill.com. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  5. ^ Seth Kubersky. "Review: Spring Awakening". Orlando Weekly. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  6. ^ Eric Rezsnyak. "THEATER REVIEW: RBTL's "Spring Awakening"". Rochester City Paper. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  7. ^ "Christy Altomare" broadwayworld.com, March 9, 2016

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