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MADISON’S CHRISTIANNE TISDALE IN ‘VERY GOOD EDDIE’

By Paul Lehman
   

Some people seem perfectly suited for performing in show business and lovely, ebullient, bright-eyed Christianne Tisdale is certainly one of those people.  A Madison native, Tisdale plays the principal role of Elsie Lilly in the Goodspeed Opera House production of “Very Good Eddie.”

After having once previously been revived and reworked at Goodspeed, the show went on to Broadway in 1975 and to London’s West End in 1976. replica watches  The plot deals with the chase that ensues when two honeymooning couples cross paths and trade partners accidentally, then the adventure continues while the mismatched couples find their ways to each other all along the Hudson River.  It was written in 1915, has a book by Guy Bolton, is based on a farce by Philip Bartholmae with music by Jerome Kern and lyrics by Schuyler Greene. omega replica watches  Tisdale made her Broadway debut in 1995 as Belle, the lead in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” and in 1999 toured the United States as Lady Caroline in the Tony Award-winning “Titanic.”

“I’ve always seen Goodspeed floating gracefully on the far side of the Connecticut River and now I finally get to cross the river and work in the wonderful theater! rolex replica  Besides, this is my home base and I’m really happy to be back here,” says Tisdale.

Her emerging career really started   in the chorus at Madison’s Daniel Hand High School, then on to roles in the school’s productions of “Once Upon a Mattress,” and “The Boy Friend,” and a local amateur production of “Brigadoon.”  After graduating from high school, Tisdale went on to Yale where she obtained her B.A. in Music History and Theory, then onto the Manhattan School of Music, followed by five years of singing opera in assorted small opera companies and a stint in the world of finance as a personal assistant on Wall Street. cartier replica  Her unusual affinity for language, having studied German, Italian and Spanish, got a good workout when she spent eight months  in “Phantom” in Germany, singing in English and speaking lines in German.  Early in her career she was fortunate enough to study voice under noted Connecticut bass, Burton Cornwall, later studying acting under director Nikos Psacharapolous.

Off-Broadway Tisdale portrayed Euclid, the founder of geometry, in a funky production of “Fermat’s Last Tango” at the York Theatre, “Call Me Madam” with Tyne Daly at City Center, “Lyrics & Lyricists” at the 92nd Street Y and “Trouble in Tahiti” at Symphony Space. panerai replica uk  Regionally she played Viola in “Twelfth Night,” Titania and Hippolyta in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and Amalia in “She Loves Me” all at the New Harmony Theatre.  She starred in the American premiere of “The Betrayal of Nora Blake” at the Cuillo Center, in the world premiere of “Say Yes!” at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, in “Pajama Game” at Baltimore Center Stage and in a host of other hit musicals.  She has appeared on “Late Night with David Letterman” on CBS-TV during her run in “Beauty and the Beast” and worked on the TV soaps “Another World” and “Guiding Light.”

During her singing career she sang over twenty roles in works ranging from Bach to New Age in such famed halls as New York’s City Center, Avery Fisher, Weill Recital and Alice Tully Halls, the Kennedy Center, and the Hofburg Palace in Vienna. rado replica sale  To this day, she continues to sing with symphony orchestras throughout North America and can be heard on Original Cast Recordings, DRG and Atlantic Theater Records.  She recently released her first solo CD “Just a Map—A Lullaby to the World,” a delightful and melodious musical journey around the world sung in fourteen different languages and available online at CDBaby.com.

“My dream role is the aviatrix Amelia Aerhart in Maltby and Shire’s “Take Flight.”  Otherwise, I’ll take my chances on any juicy roles that come along,” she says.

A prolific actor, singer and dancer, Tisdale works hard at her craft and tries to take advantage of every career opportunity that arises.  “Very Good Eddie” marks her Goodspeed debut and in the coming months and years she will be thrilling and pleasing audiences here in the U.S. and abroad with her outstanding talent and her infectious enthusiasm for her work and entertaining others.

Her website, www.christiannetisdale.com includes a Robert Frost quotation under the category “Who I Am” which summarizes her philosophy: “My object in living is to unite my avocation and my vocation as my two eyes makes one in sight.  Only where love and need are one, and the work is play for mortal stakes, is the deed every really done for heaven and the future’s sakes.”

  
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