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‘Wicked Divas’ to bewitch the audience at Husson University’s Gracie Theatre

Community Author: Eric B. Gordon
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BANGOR The actresses who played Glinda and Elphaba in the Broadway production of “Wicked” are coming to Husson University’s Gracie Theatre at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15 performing renditions of show-stopping musical numbers from “Wicked,” “Hello, Dolly!,” “Cabaret,” “The Cher Show,” “Phantom of the Opera” and many others.

 

“Alli Mauzey and Dee Roscioli are two of Broadway’s most popular stars. They’re sure to a weave a musical magic spell over the audience,” said Jeri Misler, managing director of the Gracie Theatre. “The concert is also a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend.”

 

As part of the magic of the evening, audience members will get to hear the “inside scoop” about what goes on both backstage and onstage at Broadway shows. Fans of Broadway musicals will be treated to showstopping hits including, “The Way of Love” from “The Cher Show,” “Think of Me” from “Phantom of the Opera” and the popular hit song from Disney’s “Frozen” “Let it Go.”

 

The VIP event associated with this performance is sold out. During this event, VIP patrons who purchased advance tickets will be able to rub elbows with the stars following the performance in a private reception with chocolate and champagne. 

 

Joining Mauzey and Roscioli on stage is Jason Yarcho, a pianist from New York City.  Bangor drummer Thomas Libby and bass guitarist Michael Ross will join Yarcho on stage as part of the accompanying three-piece band. Ryan Shirar was the show’s musical director. He recently directed the music for New York’s “Four Phantoms in Concert” performance.

 

Mauzey just finished performing on Broadway in the Tony Award winning revival of “Hello, Dolly!”  Before that, she starred on Broadway as Glinda the Good in Wicked, a role she also performed to critical acclaim on the first national tour and with the San Francisco company of the show. Other Broadway credits include Lenora in the musical “Cry-Baby,” a role that won her a Theatre World Award and a nomination for a Drama League Award. In addition, Mauzey played Brenda in “Hairspray,” both on Broadway and in the original company of the First National Tour.

 

Alli also originated the role of Lenora in the pre-Broadway production of “Cry-Baby” at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego for which she won a Theatre Critics Circle Award.

 

Mauzey has performed with many of the top orchestras in North America including the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in drama with a minor in music.

 

Roscioli is best known for her portrayal of Elphaba in the smash Broadway hit “Wicked.” She has performed this role on Broadway, in Chicago and across the United States. Roscioli holds the distinction of having performed Elphaba in more performances than any other actress. This past summer, Roscioli performed the leading role of Mrs. Lovett in “Sweeney Todd” at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival.

 

She has also performed Grizabella in the national tour of Cats. She recently sang her solo show for a sold out audience at Birdland in New York City and in Chicago as well. She was a special guest of Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal at their concert, and appeared opposite Rapp in a critically acclaimed performance in a new play entitled “Dedalus Lounge.” Roscioli has also been invited to sing at the prestigious Broadway on Broadway, accompanied by a 30-piece orchestra.

 

Tickets for this show are $28-$38 and can be purchased by calling the Gracie Theatre box office at 207-941-7888 or visiting GracieTheatre.com. They can also be purchased by visiting the box office in person on any weekday leading up to the performance. Patrons who purchase their tickets earlier will get the first choice of available seats.

 

This concert is part of the Gracie Theatre’s eighth Bangor Savings Bank season. In addition to support from Bangor Savings Bank, The Gracie also gratefully acknowledges the generous support provided throughout the season by additional show sponsors including Downeast Toyota, Pepsi, the Quirk Auto Group and The Dead River Company.

 

This is just one of the many exciting shows that the Gracie Theatre is bringing to Bangor over the next three months.

 

Completed in October of 2009, the Gracie is Husson University’s center for the fine and performing arts. This beautiful 500-seat theatre is considered one of Maine’s premier performance venues. In addition, the Gracie also serves as a learning platform for students from the New England School of Communications in digital audio, sound mixing, set design and construction, lighting, acting and electronics. For more information, visit GracieTheatre.com.

 

For more than 120 years, Husson University has prepared future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has come to represent superior value in higher education. Our Bangor campus and off-campus satellite education centers in Southern Maine and Northern Maine provide advanced knowledge in business; health and education; pharmacy studies; science and humanities; as well as communication. In addition, Husson University has a robust adult learning program. According to a recent analysis of tuition and fees by U.S. News & World Report, Husson University is one of the most affordable private colleges in New England. For more information about educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit Husson.edu.