Christiana Cole cast in reading of “Benjamin Button” at the York Theatre Company

Christiana Cole joins the cast of the York Theatre Company’s reading of the new musical “Benjamin Button” by BMI colleagues Natalie Tenenbaum (music) and Brett Boles (words). The cast includes Matthew Hydzik (West Side Story) as Past Benjamin, Christina DeCicco (Evita, Spider-Man Turn off the Dark, The Marvelous Wonderettes) as Claire, Talon Ackerman (Bonnie and Clyde) as Contemporary Benjamin and Cole Burden as James. Stephen Namachie directs.

Performances will be held Aug. 25 at 7 PM and Aug. 26 at 2 PM at the York Theatre Company. The York Theatre Company is located at 619 Lexington Avenue at the corner of 54th Street. Tickets are free with a suggested $5 donation at the door. To reserve tickets for Aug. 25, click here. To reserve tickets for Aug. 26, click here.

Read the playbill article about “Benjamin Button” by clicking here.

Christiana Cole cast in The Music Man with the Transport Group

Christiana Cole hops on the Wells Fargo Wagon in the Transport Group’s concert version of The Music Man, at 8pm on August 11, 2014 at the Pershing Square Signature Theatre (480 West 42nd street). Helmed by artistic director Jack Cummings III and hosted by Joe Iconis, the cast includes Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Ann Harada, Jill Paice, Mary Testa, and more. Joey Chancey conducts. The evening is sold out. Read more about the event on Playbill.com.

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Christiana is “top-notch” (New York Times)

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The World’s Fair Play Fest is a Critic’s Pick! From Neil Genzlinger, of the New York Times, July 23, 2014:

“‘Carousel of Progress” by Lauren Yee is the standout. It opens with a hilarious animatronic man (Rajesh Bose) from the attraction of that name at the 1964 fair; you can’t take your eyes off Mr. Bose, who in moments conjures the strange combination of wonder and clunkiness so integral to that time. But that’s just a sideshow. This delicate work is really about the space between the world’s fairs and two people (Christiana Little and Imran Sheikh) who in 1939 thought they had a future together, re-encounter each other in 1964 and briefly contemplate what might have been….The 16 actors, many in multiple roles, are top-notch.”

Read the full New York Times review of the World’s Fair Play Festival here.

The article appears in print on page C6 of the New York edition, July 24, 2014.

Christiana Cole in URBAN MOMFARE at the NYC Fringe

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Christiana Cole heads up the cast of URBAN MOMFARE in the NYC Fringe Festival. The stiletto-tapping new musical (words and music by Pamela Weiler Grayson) follows the lives of three Upper East Side moms as they navigate the “cosmo jungle,” bringing up kids in the big city. Christiana plays newbie mom (and leading lady) Kate.

The cast includes Tiffan Borelli, Antonietta Corvinelli, Sandi DeGeorge, Cheryl Howard, Christine Toy Johnson and Sarah Rosenthal. Alice Jankell directs, with musical director Clare Cooper and choreographer Janine Molinari (DanceMolinari).

URBAN MOMFARE
Theatre 80 at 80 St. Marks Place Venue #7
between 1st and 2nd Aves
SAT 8/9 @7pm, THURS 8/14 @2pm, SUN 8/17 @7:45pm, FRI 8/22 @5:15pm, SUN 8/24 @3:30pm
Get tickets directly from FringeNYC by clicking here.

Christiana premieres two new plays in the World’s Fair Play Festival

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Christiana Cole premieres new plays by Wendy MacLeod and Lauren Yee as part of the World’s Fair Play Festival, at the Queens Theatre, July 18-27. The WFPL is a presentation of ten original ten-minute plays inspired by the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs.

The WFPF celebrates the rich, vibrant history that continues to animate Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the borough of Queens, and more broadly – New York City. The multiplicity of cultures and ideologies that were on display at the World’s Fairs and that populate Queens today will play an integral part in the WFPF.

Christiana is featured in “Drop a Dime” by Wendy MacLeod (The House of Yes, and premieres at the Goodman Theater and Playwrights Horizons) and “Carousel of Progress” by Lauren Yee (Ching Chong Chinaman, Pan Asian Rep: The Hatmaker’s Wife, Playwrights Realm). Lauren Keating and Erik Pearson direct, respectively.

The World’s Fair Play Festival at the Queens Theatre

Friday, July 18 – 27
Fridays at 8:00pm
Saturdays at 2:00pm and 8:00pm
Sundays at 3:00pm
Tickets are $18 and can be purchased here.

Christiana accepted into the BMI Advanced Writer’s Workshop

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Christiana Little with her collaborator Bradford Proctor, on June 3, 2014.

Christiana Little with her collaborator Bradford Proctor, on June 3, 2014.

On June 3, 2014, Christiana Cole and her collaborator Bradford Proctor presented a 20-minute excerpt from their musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” The cast included April Woodall, Annie Watkins, Justin Friello, Arri Lawton Simon, Ben Boecker, Laura Kleinbaum and Christiana. Based on this presentation, the BMI Steering Committee (led by Alan Menken and Maury Yeston) decided that the writers and the project should be moved into the elite Advanced workshop. Christiana and Brad will continue to develop their new musical in the BMI Advanced Workshop this fall.

Watch video of the 20-minute presentation here:

Christiana wins THE MOTH

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Christiana Cole told a story about something weird that happened to her when she was 10, in front of a sold-out crowd at the Housing Works Bookstore as part of the The Moth storytelling series. Nine other storytellers also told stories, but Christiana won. She’ll be going to the Grand Slam at the Williamsburg Music Hall in the fall to tell another story.

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Christiana performing at the The Moth on June 19, 2014.

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Christiana joins the voice faculty at the New York Film Academy

NYFA_logo(4)Christiana Little is proud to join the New York Film Academy‘s private voice faculty, teaching students in NYFA’s Musical Theatre program. Christiana has taught voice privately for ten years, and is delighted to have the opportunity to work with the students at NYFA. For more information about studying voice with Christiana, read her teaching letter by clicking here.

 

Christiana Little joins the Accidental Shakespeare Company

accidental logoChristiana Little is now a member of the Accidental Shakespeare Company. ASC is known for their “Hit-and-Run Shakespeare” series, in which actors come together for a single night to present a Shakespeare play, fully memorized, but with no rehearsals and no director. Audience members bring props from home for the actors to use. (Past notable props include undergarments, pickles, and an entire case of Yuengling beer.) Playful and alive, Hit-and-Run is not only the true test of a Classical actor, but an explosively good time. Look for Christiana in their upcoming season.

Christiana Little cast in reading of “Helen of Troy”

helenChristiana Little has been cast as the trouble-making Antichorus in a reading of “Helen of Troy,” a new musical by Zoe Samuel (book/lyrics) and Douglas Cohen (music). 2013 Callaway award winner Marlo Hunter directs. Cast includes Broadway alums Stephanie D’Abruzzo as Andromache and Hannah Elless as Helen. The reading will be presented on May 1st.