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DPO PRESENTS WICKED DIVAS, NICOLE PARKER (Elphaba) AND LAURA WOYASZ (Glinda) STIR UP AN EVENING OF SMASH BROADWAY HIT MUSIC

 

DAYTON, OH (January 3, 2013) – On Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 8 p.m. in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, Assistant Conductor Patrick Reynolds and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present Wicked Divas, the fourth concert in the DPO 2012-2013 Imagine Season’s Kettering Health Network SuperPops Series.

Yes, something wicked this way comes when the DPO conjures up a wide-ranging revue of smash Broadway hits including top tunes from Wicked, Ragtime, Gypsy, Titanic and more. And, stirring this brew of favorite show tunes are two divas from the Broadway production of Wicked, Laura Woyasz and Nicole Parker.

And their credentials are wicked, indeed.

An Emmy Award-winner, actress and singer Nicole Frances Parker is known for her work on Fox's MADtv and for her portrayal of Elphaba in the Broadway production of Wicked. In 2004 she received a nomination for a Jeff Award for her performance in The People vs. Friar Laurence, The Man Who Killed Romeo and Juliet. She performed in the comedy musical Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me (2006-2007), starred in the new musical The People in the Picture at Studio 54 (2011) and starred again as Elphaba in Wicked in 2012 on the show's first North American tour.

Laura Woyasz performed as Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked for five years on Broadway. Her favorite roles include Off Broadway and national tours of Anything Goes and in productions of My Life with Albertine, Big River and Thoroughly Modern Millie. She has also appeared in several TV roles including All My Children.
 
Tickets for Wicked Divas range from $23 to $76 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at www.daytonperformingarts.org. Senior, teacher and student discounts available at box office.  

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About the Conductor
Now in his 15th season with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Patrick Reynolds conducts over two-dozen performances with the DPO each season, including Magic Carpet, SPARK – School Partners with Artists Reaching Kids – and Young People's concerts, reaching thousands of students across the Dayton metropolitan area.
In addition he has conducted the DPO in Classical and Chamber subscription concerts, as well as Pops and summer concerts. Reynolds is in his 13th season as conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. He has appeared as guest conductor of the Modesto (CA), Annapolis (MD), Arlington (VA), Queens (NY) and High Mountain (NJ) symphony orchestras, and the Starling Project at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Patrick Reynolds earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan School of Music. He is an Associate Professor of Music on the faculty of the University of Dayton.

About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence.  Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents.   The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is also the proud recipient of a 12-13 season grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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