On December 22nd, Theatre Raleigh will be bringing Broadway star Ariana DeBose back home to Raleigh, North Carolina to give not one, but two concerts at the Kennedy Theatre located inside Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts for one night only. She may be currently out in L.A. filming Ryan Murphy's upcoming Netflix movie adaptation of THE PROM, but luckily, I was recently able to get in touch with her by phone for this interview.
After having made her breakthrough as a contestant on the sixth season of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE back in 2009, Ariana DeBose went on to make her Broadway debut in a stage musical adaptation of BRING IT ON in the summer of 2012. Since then, she has appeared on Broadway in MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL, the most recent revival of PIPPIN, and the original cast of HAMILTON before going on to originate two principal roles: Jane in A BRONX TALE and Disco Donna in SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL, the latter of which earned her a 2018 Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Next year, Ariana will be seen on the big screen in two major movie musicals directed by some very high profile filmmakers: not only as Alyssa Greene in Ryan Murphy's THE PROM, but also as Anita in Steven Spielberg's WEST SIDE STORY.
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