Broadway’s Elsa to perform benefit concert in Tallahassee
Broadway royalty will soon be gracing the stage in Tallahassee.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Broadway royalty will soon be gracing the stage in Tallahassee.
Caissie Levy, who performed as the original Elsa in the Broadway rendition of Disney’s hit Musical Frozen, will be performing a benefit concert at the Young Actor’s Theatre (YAT) on Friday night.
“It never gets old,” said Levy. “I can tell you that.”
Altogether, the 41-year-old has starred in eight Broadway productions. She originated the roles of Sheila in the Tony Award-winning revival of Hair, and Molly in Ghost on the Great White Way and London’s West End. She currently appears on Broadway in Tom Stoppard’s new play, Leopoldstadt, a New York Times Critics Pick.
“It’s always emotional for me whenever I’m opening a new show,” she told WCTV’s Katie Kaplan. “I kind of think, ‘I can’t believe I was this little girl from Canada that dreamed about moving to New York and being on Broadway, and now this is my community.’”
Once a shy child, Levy is now a bonafide star. She has been nominated for both a Tony Award and a Grammy Award and will be bringing her talent to the capital city.
“I’ve never sung there before,” she said. “I’ll be doing sort of a highlight reel of my career and a couple of my favorite other pop songs.”
The Friday night benefit concert at the Young Actors Theatre off Glenview Drive will support an upcoming project for local acting students.
“I just think those formative years when you’re becoming the person that you are, and you’re figuring out what you love - you get to be onstage, and you get to take these lessons and explore your personality through art- it is so important for kids, and these kinds of programs really change people’s lives,” said Levy.
The YAT program has already proved just that. 17-year-old Mallory Greisl has starred in several local productions, including as Elsa in their recent production of Frozen Jr.
“It’s played a big part in helping me realize what I want to do with my life and who I want to be and how I want to help people,” said Greisl. “Even if it’s just taking them out of their stressful lives for just two hours.”
In a full-circle moment, Gresil recalled listening to Levy sing ‘Let it Go’ on the radio when she was younger. She has planned to attend Levy’s performance and hoped to meet the star afterward.
Proceeds from the benefit will go toward the production of a full-length feature film called, Joni & the Whale. It was written by Levy’s husband, David Reiser.
Reiser, a Tallahassee native, once walked the halls of the Young Actors Theatre before he headed to the Big Apple and also performed on Broadway. Reiser and Levy were introduced in New York City by another YAT alumn.
“My life would not be the same without YAT,” Levy said. “It is very important to my family.”
The film will be executively produced by Levy and filmed in Tallahassee this summer.
Levy will perform twice on Friday, Jan. 20. Her performances will begin at 5:30 and 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here.
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