Dee Roscioli

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Dee Roscioli
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Born (1977-07-20) July 20, 1977 (age 42)
Alma materDeSales University (1999)
OccupationSinger, 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 Paroo and as the beggar woman in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Throughout high school, she was in her high school's drama club. She was in four productions at Wilson Area High School.

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".[2]

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.[3][4][5][6]

In 2003, she participated in the off-Broadway US debut of George Gershwin's Primrose which was presented in a concert format.[7][8]

In 2005, she played "Audrey" in Little Shop of Horrors at Northern Stage.[9] She also participated in the workshop sessions of Behind the Limelight[10] and Dangerous Beauty[11] 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".[12]

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.[13]

Roscioli took part in the reading of the new musical, Welcome to My Life on April 11, 2011.[14]

Roscioli took part in Interart Theatre and Royal Family Production's performance of Gary Duggan's Dedalus Lounge, which began, January 8, 2012, at the Interart Theatre Annex in Manhattan, playing the part of Delphine.[15]

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.[16]

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.

From September 9 through October 11, 2015, Roscioli starred as the Lady of the Lake in the Orlando Shakespeare Theater production of Spamalot.[17]

On August 11, 2016, Roscioli assumed the role of Fruma-Sarah in the 2015 Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof. She also understudied Jessica Hecht as Golde and Alix Korey as Yente. She performed through the show's closing on December 31, 2016.[18]

In 2017, Dee joined Paulo Szot at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's highly anticipated production of Evita which opened with record-breaking sales at the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA. All 22 performances, from the previews June 14 &15, opening night June 16, thru July 2, were sold out. Dee played Eva Peron alongside Paulo Szot (who played her husband, Argentinian military leader Colonel Juan Domingo Peron), and Dan Domenech who played Che, who narrates the story with an obvious disdain for Eva. The principal actors were supported by an ensemble of 35 with Dennis Razze directing.

Dee was the standby for Star and Lady in the Broadway production of The Cher Show.

Wicked[edit]

Roscioli on the It Gets Better Project Holiday Show 2014.

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.[19] Roscioli took a 12-week break from June 3, 2008 through August 24, 2008, in which time the role was played by Lisa Brescia.[20] The production closed on January 25, 2009.[21]

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 period.[22]

Roscioli made her Broadway debut on July 21, 2009, reprising the role of Elphaba in the New York company of the musical.[23] She played her final performance March 21, 2010 and was succeeded by Mandy Gonzalez.[24]

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.[25] She holds the distinction of having played Elphaba in more performances in various North American productions than any other actress.[26] She returned to the First National Tour on September 25, 2012, replacing Nicole Parker, whom she also succeeded in the Broadway company.[27] Roscioli left the tour on April 28, 2013.[28]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hall of Fame". Wilson Area High School. Retrieved January 4, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Northeast Times Archived August 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine The Cats meow is just purrfect by Tom Waring August 11, 2002. Retrieved May 27, 2008.
  3. ^ The Northerner[permanent dead link] 'Cats': It's the Cats Meow by Samantha Warner, November 27, 2002. Retrieved May 10, 2008
  4. ^ talkingbroadway.com Cats (review) by Scott Cain. Retrieved May 10, 2008
  5. ^ The Enquirer Young `Cats' energize Aronoff production by Joseph McDonough, November 21, 2002. Retrieved May 10, 2008
  6. ^ thefreelibrary.com 'Memory' serves well in 'Cats' by Evan Henerson. Retrieved May 10, 2008
  7. ^ Musicals Tonight! Archived May 16, 2008, at the Wayback Machine Primrose (George & Ira Gershwin) Retrieved May 27, 2008.
  8. ^ broadwayworld.com Primrose (Musicals Tonight! Concert, 2003) Retrieved May 27, 2008
  9. ^ Randolph Herald ‘Shop of Horrors’ Is a Winner at Northern Stage by Charlie McMeekin April 7, 2005 Retrieved May 27, 2008
  10. ^ Behind the Limelight Official Website Archived March 14, 2007, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved May 10, 2008
  11. ^ 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
  12. ^ Broadwayworld.com Liberty: a Monumental New Musical Presented During Immigrant Heritage Week April 1, 2010. Retrieved April 3, 2010
  13. ^ Therapy Rocks Musical, with Dee Roscioli, Allie Schulz and Rachel Stern, Begins Sept. 27 Archived October 18, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved October 3, 2010
  14. ^ "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.
  15. ^ www.playbill.com Archived January 12, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Anthony Rapp, Dee Roscioli and James Kautz Star in Off-Broadway's Dedalus Lounge Beginning Jan. 8 retrieved January 8, 2012
  16. ^ Broadway's William Michals and Dee Roscioli Bring Sweeney Todd to Life for Pennsylvania Shakespeare Archived June 17, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ BWW Interview: Dee Roscioli Chats Orlando Shakespeare's SPAMALOT, WICKED, Hawaiian 'Vog' Broadway World. Retrieved September 7, 2015
  18. ^ Former Elphie Dee Roscioli to Fly Into Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway' Broadway.com. Retrieved July 27, 2016
  19. ^ "Dee Roscioli is Chicago Wicked's New Elphaba". BroadwayWorld.com. December 12, 2006.
  20. ^ Gans, Andrew (August 26, 2008). "Roscioli Returns to Chicago's Wicked Aug. 26". Playbill. Archived from the original on January 30, 2010.
  21. ^ Gans, Andrew (January 25, 2009). "Wicked Ends Lengthy Chicago Sit-Down Engagement Jan. 25". Playbill. Archived from the original on January 29, 2009.
  22. ^ "San Francisco Cast Replacement History". Newsgroupof Oz Witches of Oz Check |newsgroup= value (help). March 22, 2009. Archived from the original on October 5, 2011. Retrieved August 22, 2011.
  23. ^ Gans, Andrews (July 21, 2009). "Roscioli Flies into Broadway's Wicked July 21". Playbill. Archived from the original on October 20, 2012. Retrieved August 22, 2011.
  24. ^ Gans, Andrew (February 23, 2010). "Mandy Gonzalez Will Fly into Wicked in March". Playbill. Archived from the original on December 22, 2010. Retrieved March 14, 2011.
  25. ^ Gans, Andrew (May 31, 2011). "National Tour of Wicked Will Welcome a New Elphaba June 7". Playbill. Archived from the original on August 5, 2011. Retrieved August 22, 2011.
  26. ^ The Bushnell Prompter, "Who's Who in the Cast" (Aug./Sept. 2011) p. 12.
  27. ^ "Dee Roscioli Returns to WICKED Tour as 'Elphaba,' Beginning 9/25". broadwayworld.com. September 9, 2012. Retrieved January 22, 2013.
  28. ^ "John Davidson and Alison Luff Will Join North American Tour of Wicked". Playbill. April 2, 2013. Archived from the original on April 4, 2013. Retrieved April 2, 2013.

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