Making Music Videos, Multimedia Projects, Performing
My musical instrument(s):
My other musical interests, styles, and instruments are:
All theater and dance
My favorite artists, influences, and inspirations are:
Patti Lupone, Laura Benanti, Sutton Foster, Michael Ceveris, anything Book of Mormon, Susan Stroman, Jerome Robbins and of course Bob Fosse. I love Kara Dioguardi's music, and can't get enough of Adele. And Barbara Streisand's Happy Days are Here Again puts me in a good mood no matter what's going on in my world.
More about me:
I'm a proud cast member of "Chicago, the Musical" on Broadway. I auditioned 13 times over the course of 10 years before they FINALLY hired me. And now I've played ever female role in the show including Roxie, Velma, Mama and all the cell block girls. You can come and see me every night at Go to Hell Kitty, my favorite! While I was waiting to be in Chicago, I was lucky enough to be cast in The Producers and worked with Mel Brooks and the amazing Susan Stroman. I even got to perform Ulla Inga Hansen Bensen Yahnsen Tallen Hallen Svaden Svansen opposite Jason Alexander and Martin Short. No pressure to be funny there! Other broadway credits 42nd Street where I made some of my best friends tap dancing in the chorus,Cats, I played Cassandra the siamese cat for the last year before we closed to amazing sold out crowds, and The Sound of Music where I was the assistant choreographer and hired and trained all the Von Trapp kids from all across the US. I'm a professor at Pace University in New York City where I teach theater and dance in the Musical Theater and Commercial Dance Program. I'm a regular Teaching artist for Carnegie Hall, Broadway.com, Broadway Classroom, Educational Partners and Stagedoor Connections. Come take a master class with me! Additionally I'm a Director/Choreographer in all sorts of musical productions in the New York area and look forward to discovering new talent on the Musical Exchange!
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I'm going up to PACE for orientation the last weekend in July and my mom, some of her friends, and myself are planning on staying a few extra days after I'm finished. One of the top shows on my list to see is of course CHICAGO and I would love to meet afterwards if there was anyway I could!
Hi Melissa, THANK YOU for taking so much time to meet me & hang out after your work on Friday! I soooo appreciate all of your advice and there are no words for how amazing the show AND that whole night was. I can't wait to blog all about my trip. And thank you again!! :-)
Hello, I am the student attending Pace this fall! I will be auditioning in November to join BFA Musical Theater, BFA Acting, or BA Theater Arts, do you have any auditioning advice! And I will definitley drop by and say hi when I'm there!
p.s. I heard about the recent passing of Pat Woodward, condolences are with the whole staff and community.
Hi Melissa. Welcome to the online community. Thanks for such great work at the masterclass. I've added Pace to the list for that profile question, so you can update that by clicking on Settings. Let me know if you need anything.