poster for An Evening with Carolee CarmelloBROADWAY STAR CAROLEE CARMELLO WELCOMED HOME

The University at Albany Performing Arts Center, operating under the auspices of the College of Arts and Sciences, is pleased to present An Evening with Carolee Carmelloon Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 7:30pm. A UAlbany alum, the Capital Region native is a three time Tony nominee for her roles in Lestat, Parade and, most recently, Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson. She returns home for a luscious evening of standards and songs from her award-winning Broadway career.  Support for her appearance has been provided by the Alumni Association, Department of Music, University Auxiliary Services and Holiday Inn Express.

Described by Variety as “one of those force of nature performers,” “Carmello possesses a rich, dramatic voice” [Associated Press] and “gives her heart and soul to every song she sings.” [The New York Times]  Besides her Tony nominated roles, other Broadway credits include Sister Act, The Addams Family, Urinetown, Kiss Me Kate, The Scarlet Pimpernel, 1776, Falsettos and City of Angels. She has performed in the national tours of Chess, Big River and Les Misérables.  Off-Broadway roles include ones in Elegies, Vagina Monologues, A Class Act, john and jen, Das Barbecu, I Can Get It for You Wholesale and Hello Again, for which she won an OBIE Award for outstanding performance.  Other honors include a Drama Desk award for Leading Actress in a Musical for Parade as well as a Theater L.A. Ovation award for Leading Actress in a Musical and an L.A. Drama Critics award for Lead Performance, both for Bells Are Ringing.

At UAlbany, Ms. Carmello was a French/Business dual major who was bitten by the acting bug when she performed in two musicals in the homegrown, student-run amateur productions in her dormitory’s dining hall.  Born in Albany and raised in the Pine Hills neighborhood, she was an academically gifted student who graduated from Albany High School in just three years.  In September 2011 at Proctors, Ms. Carmello was inducted into the Capital Region Entertainment Hall of Fame.

Her performance at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center is part of the University’s Celebrate & Advance Week, culminating in the inauguration of Dr. Robert J. Jones as the 19th President of the University. A complete listing of events for the week can be found on the University’s inauguration site at www.albany.edu/inauguration.

Advance tickets for the performance are $15 for the general public and $10 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  Tickets purchased on the day of the show are $20 for the general public and $15 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  For reservations and further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997..

The University’s Alumni Association is hosting a dessert reception with Ms. Carmello in the Performing Arts Center's lounge immediately after the performance. Space is limited. Reservations can be made at www.albany.edu/alumni.

On Wednesday, September 25 from 11am to 12:30pm, Ms. Carmello will offer a master class in the UAlbany Performing Arts Center.  Participating will be students hand selected by the Music Department’s vocal instructor Frances Pallozzi Wittmann. Observers are welcome and need only bring their ticket stub from Tuesday evening’s performance for entrance to the event.

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