Stage, TV stars coming to town for Civic Light Opera shows

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Joe Wojcik, Tribune-Review



By  Alice T. Carter
Sunday, May 12, 2002

The Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera used to boast that it was "where Broadway spends the summer."

But television performers from soaps — sorry, daytime dramas — and network series also turn to Civic Light Opera vehicles to hone their live stage skills, try out new career paths and bask in the roar of the crowd.

Here's some of the more familiar names stargazers can look for onstage and around town this summer.

Probably the biggest name on the roster is Robert Cuccioli, who created both of the title roles in Frank Wildhorn's Broadway musical "Jekyll & Hyde." He'll be doing double duty during his stay here, first as gambler Sky Masterson in "Guys and Dolls" (July 9 through 21) and then as the director of "Jekyll & Hyde" (July 23 through 28).This marks Cuccioli's third season at Civic Light Opera. He appeared last summer in "Bells Are Ringing" and in "The Pajama Game" in 2000

Victoria Clark, who appeared in last season's "Bells Are Ringing," will return to the Civic Light Opera stage as Nathan's long-suffering girlfriend, Adelaide, in "Guys and Dolls." Her Broadway credits include Fraulein Kost in "Cabaret,'' Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls" and the role of Alice Beane in "Titanic."

Those who take an interest in local performers can watch for Carnegie Mellon School of Drama graduate Kate Suber as the saintly Sarah Brown in "Guys and Dolls" and Henry Jekyll's fiance Emma Carew in "Jekyll & Hyde." Since graduating, she has been in the Broadway casts of "The Phantom of the Opera" and "Titanic."

Michelle Dawson, another Carnegie Mellon Graduate, will reprise the role of Lucy in "Jekyll & Hyde" that she created for the Westchester Broadway Theatre production that Cuccioli directed.

Look for Tim Hartman and Jeff Howell in " Singin' In the Rain," "Jekyll & Hyde" and "Fiddler on the Roof." Howell also has a role in "Guys and Dolls." Daniel Krell will perform in "Fiddler," "George M!," "Jekyll & Hyde" and "Guys and Dolls."

Single tickets are on sale. Prices range from $12 to $44. Tickets to "The Wizard of Oz'' are half-price for ages 3 to 14. Details: (412) 456-6666.

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